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Easy Touch-Ups With Smile Envy 3D

September 24th, 2021

Life is full of moments worth celebrating. So, make sure the next time you break into a smile, it’s a smile you love! Even after getting treatment as teens or children, adults often find their smiles will shift with time. This can happen if former orthodontic patients forget to wear their retainer or as people age and the jawbones, teeth, and bite naturally change.

You might not think to go to an orthodontist for a slight misalignment—especially if you don’t want the look, cost, and time commitment of braces. Luckily, our office has created the perfect option for you! With Smile Envy 3D, we can deliver fantastic results more affordably, discreetly, and quickly than other treatment options.

What is Smile Envy 3D?

Our office is committed to constantly learning and integrating the best technologies for comfortable, hassle-free results. This approach is how Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price first designed the Smile Envy 3D treatment. This clear aligner service is custom printed in the office and personalized for your smile needs. Suitable for patients with minor orthodontic concerns, it is ideal for those who want a quick touch-up rather than a full orthodontic treatment.

How Smile Envy 3D Works

During your complimentary first exam, we will use our onsite 3D scanner to take a closer look at your teeth—without needing to use dreaded gooey trays. Using the information from your scan, we will get to work designing your custom treatment plan to help your smile shine. With our Smile Envy 3D lab, we can print your clear aligners in the office for a fast turnaround—from your first appointment to launching your treatment. We will continue to work with you to monitor your progress and make sure that you stay on track for the smile of your dreams!

Convenience

Clear aligners have long been the favorite option for those who want to straighten their teeth—without the extra lifestyle changes that braces bring. Perfectly crafted for your needs, Smile Envy 3D clear aligners are practically invisible, allowing you to take care of your orthodontic health discreetly. Beyond aesthetics, clear aligners are easier to take care of than braces. Pop your trays out at mealtimes and enjoy whatever you’re craving. Just make sure to brush your teeth before sliding them back in and you are good to go!

It can be hard to squeeze in orthodontic treatment between all your other commitments. But with Smile Envy 3D, you can enjoy fewer appointments in the office, saving you time. Treatment with clear aligners is efficient and effective. With an orthodontic touch-up via Smile Envy 3D, you’ll enjoy your results in no time at all!

Touch-Up Your Smile 

Revamp your smile on your schedule. Book an appointment with our experts by calling 614.855.8800 or click our Virtual Consultation tab to enjoy a complimentary first consultation from the comfort of your home. We’ll work by your side to create a smile that will last a lifetime!

Importance of a Healthy Bite

August 27th, 2021

When you think of oral health, you probably think about brushing your teeth, flossing, or having a straight smile. But you may be forgetting something important: having a healthy bite. When it comes to your smile and oral health, your bite is crucial. Read more below!

What is a Healthy Bite?

When your orthodontist talks to you about your bite, they are referring to the way that your upper and lower teeth fit together. For a healthy bite, your upper teeth should be just in front of your bottom teeth with your top and bottom molars fitting comfortably against each other. Your mouth’s dental arch (the curve of your teeth along your mouth) should form a “U” shape. When your teeth do not fit correctly and your bite is not properly aligned into this shape, it is called a malocclusion.

Common Bite Complications

Your bite is complicated. It involves bones, teeth, gums, and muscles that all work together to allow you to eat, drink, talk, and smile. Crooked teeth can be a cause and a symptom of bite problems. However, beneath the surface, your bite can also be impacted by the structure and length of your jaw bones. There are three main types of malocclusions, each of which is identified by how the upper and lower jaws and teeth are positioned.

These three varieties include:

  • Class 1: Your upper teeth slightly overlap your lower teeth. This is normal.
  • Class 2: Your upper jaw and upper teeth severely overlap the lower jaw and teeth (overbite)
  • Class 3: Your lower teeth and jaw heavily overlap the upper teeth and jaw (underbite)

Each of these forms of malocclusion can lead to a number of complications, depending on their severity. For instance, an underbite can make chewing and biting more challenging. It can also lead to the development of a TMJD (temporomandibular joint disorder), which causes pain in your jaw joint. On the other hand, an overbite may put front teeth at risk for injury, while a crossbite may reduce your ability to chew properly.

Overall, misaligned bites can negatively impact your quality of life, causing:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Headaches 
  • Speech difficulties
  • Jaw pain
  • Abnormal appearance 
  • Tooth crowding
  • Difficulty chewing

Achieving a Healthy Bite

While teeth are one of the most visible aspects of your smile, having a healthy bite allows your teeth to function properly. Correcting a malocclusion can prevent crowding, gum disease, and tooth wear problems in the future while also improving jaw problems such as TMJD. By using braces, clear aligners, and other appliances, Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price will be able to help improve your bite, reduce uncomfortable symptoms, and prevent future problems.

Have concerns about your bite? Our experts are ready to help talk you through your treatment options. Schedule a free consultation to get your bite into shape!

Orthodontist vs. Direct-to-Consumer Braces: What You Need To Know

July 21st, 2021

You’ve probably seen the ads on TV, Instagram, and Facebook for companies offering mail-order aligners and claiming to achieve the same results as orthodontics at much lower fees. There are many questions that come to mind when evaluating a company like this. Will there be fees for visits with a general dentist to obtain X-rays and monitor care? Will you need any dental care prior to starting treatment? Will you ever be seen by a professional in person during treatment? Will your bite get worse during treatment? How will you ensure treatment is progressing well? Here are some more factors to consider!

Choosing expert providers

Who provides your care? When you go to an orthodontist, you can trust their expertise. An orthodontist must complete all the schooling required to become a dentist PLUS two to three years of additional training focused on tooth movement and jaw alignment. Only about 6% of dentists are orthodontists. This process takes over 5,000 hours of specialty training. Experts, like Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price, don’t stop there. With continuing education and a commitment to providing the best services and technologies, specialists deliver top-notch, personalized care that you can rely on.

Direct-to-consumer companies typically have fewer orthodontists on staff and more general dentists. General dentists have less experience and training when it comes to delivering orthodontic care. Some companies are not transparent about which doctor is overseeing your care. Make sure you know who your doctor is and research their background, credentials, and check patient reviews before beginning treatment.

Treatment options

Everyone has different treatment needs, and it takes a thorough in-person exam to fully assess how to work with your teeth, jaw, and goals to create your healthiest smile. Orthodontists personally examine your teeth and communicate directly about your needs and desires—before creating your custom plan. They use digital photos, X-rays, and models; perform a thorough clinical exam; and review your medical history carefully to determine any underlying issues. After evaluating your health, smile anatomy, and orthodontic needs, they can direct you toward treatment options, such as braces, clear aligners, or other appliances, to help aid growth and development. As you progress through treatment, orthodontists use in-person visits to monitor your progress and make adjustments when needed.

Direct-to-consumer companies offer one option—plastic aligners. Since they only have one choice for consumers, they may not direct a patient toward treatment that would lead them away from their services, even if braces are a better option. The aligners can be bulky and uncomfortable if the patient chooses to take their own impression. Plus, it’s rare that your provider would perform a clinical exam or in-person visit, both of which are necessary for reviewing not only the treatment progress, but also your health. The bulk of the work is on your shoulders to confirm that you are healthy enough for treatment, something that should require the opinion of an expert.

Auxiliaries

Part of the marketing for direct-to-consumer aligners suggests that they provide the same product you would get from an orthodontist. However, there are a number of differences between the products and services. When our experts treat a smile with Invisalign® or Smile Envy 3D, they use a variety of tools to deliver a healthy bite and aligned teeth—not just aligners. In order to orthodontically move teeth in all dimensions, tooth-colored attachments (bumps) may be needed. These function like brackets, helping the aligners grip and effectively move teeth. In addition, some bite problems require small elastics. These are worn on hooks that are bonded to teeth. To fix issues related to tooth size discrepancies, it is sometimes necessary to reshape teeth for an ideal bite. None of these things can be sent through the mail or addressed without in-person visits with an expert.

Direct-to-consumer companies only provide plastic aligners without the other necessary items typically needed for comprehensive and safe treatment. Without attachments, aligners can slip off teeth or fail to move a tooth properly. Without elastics or reshaping, a patient’s bite might worsen or not improve.

See our experts!

If you are interested in orthodontics, come see us today! Schedule a complimentary first consultation. Call us directly at (614) 855-8800, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions, get you scheduled, and help you on your smile journey. Every patient has different needs, and we will work carefully at your side to deliver safe, effective, and comfortable treatment that accommodates your lifestyle—whether with clear or metal braces, Invisalign, or an orthodontic touch-up.

Are Braces Painful?

June 18th, 2021

When people think about braces, they often imagine clunky headgear, a mouth full of metal, and some pain. However, while braces in the past may have been like this, at Hutta & Price Orthodontics, our experts provide treatment options that will have you smiling from start to finish! Read on to learn more about what braces feel like, how to enjoy a comfortable pain-free experience, and discover what kinds of oral pain you should never ignore.

Are braces pain free or painful?

What words do you associate with braces: pain, teenager, headgear? Much to our patients’ relief, it’s time to reimagine what you know about braces! These days, transforming your smile is comfortable, possible for patients of all ages, and is convenient and discreet. You can enjoy the incredible results of your braces, pain free! Though there is an adjustment period with new braces, treatment does not cause pain. Instead, anticipate some minor discomfort that goes away within a few days—like sore muscles after a good workout!

So, what causes this soreness?

Many assume that braces work by pushing teeth into new positions. But it’s more complicated than that! Braces apply constant, gentle pressure to reshape your bones. This controlled pressure signals to your bone to break down and rebuild itself on a cellular level, allowing the teeth to move into place. While breaking down and building up bones may sound scary, in the hands of an expert orthodontist, braces are safe and comfortable.

Appliances, like a palatal expander, work similarly. These appliances strategically apply gentle pressure to influence a child’s growth and development. By working with a child’s natural growth cycle, our orthodontists can promote a wide, healthy dental arch using this appliance.

Though braces and aligners work in the same basic way, they do have differences. With self-ligating braces, slide mechanisms—rather than elastic ligatures—apply constant pressure on the archwires as they work to gradually transform your smile. With aligners, like Invisalign®, patients will feel the most pressure on their teeth at the start of new trays.

Why you should visit an expert orthodontist

Because braces and orthodontic treatment impact your bone, jaw, and teeth, it is important that you visit an expert orthodontist for your smile needs. A skilled orthodontist, like Dr. Hutta or Dr. Price, can ensure that every part of your transformation is healthy and safe. Without having your treatment medically reviewed and monitored by an expert, you can risk pain, damage, and a less-than-perfect result.

Another reason to visit a skilled orthodontist is to make sure you receive the most advanced techniques and care. Because the orthodontic field is rapidly evolving, our team is dedicated to remaining cutting edge. Continuing education ensures that every treatment, technique, and technology is the very best. Our office combines the ever-evolving world of braces and teeth with decades of experience to customize your treatment to meet your needs. For instance, self-ligating braces in the hands of our experts make smile transformations more comfortable and hygienic. Plus, we have a variety of in-house diagnostic tools as well as technologies that provide patients cutting-edge care—without relying on outside lab providers.

Your first week with braces

After getting braces, aligners, or other appliances, you may feel some discomfort with your teeth and gums. However, soon you won’t even notice that you are wearing braces!

Sore teeth tips

When you first get braces or an appliance, you may feel a little sore. This is normal, and fortunately, you will feel relief from any soreness within a few hours or days. On that first day of braces, do expect some soreness.

We recommend swishing with saltwater to reduce inflammation and ease any minor discomfort. If needed, use an over-the-counter pain reliever, like TYLENOL®. However, steer clear of ibuprofen since that can slow down your orthodontic treatment. During the first few days with braces or a new set of aligners, biting into firmer foods, like meat sandwiches, may be uncomfortable. Instead, try ultrasoft foods, like soup, ice cream, or macaroni and cheese.

Types of discomfort you shouldn’t ignore

Outside of mild soreness, braces should be comfortable. Some patients may face discomfort related to issues like a poking wire, an orthodontic emergency, or a tight retainer. If this sounds like you, do not ignore your problem. Here are some common sources of discomfort or pain and some solutions:

  • Fixable discomfort: Don’t ignore painful problems that you can easily fix! Have a poking wire? Carefully clip it and cover it with wax. Is an Invisalign or Smile Envy 3D tray digging into your gums? Let us know, and we can help. Is a bracket rubbing your cheek? This will go away with time. Until the skin toughens up, cover it with wax.
  • Orthodontic emergencies: True emergencies are rare—but should never be ignored. If you are hit in the mouth, it can lead to severe injuries, broken appliances, and pain. Always seek the help of your general dentist and our orthodontists if you have an oral injury. Did you bite into a forbidden braces food and damage your appliances? Though a lesser emergency, you will still need to book an appointment to fix the problem, replace your bent wire, or reglue the broken bracket.
  • Cavities or gum disease: You may not consider them emergencies; however, these are always serious concerns. Oftentimes, patients have a more challenging time maintaining proper oral hygiene during treatment with braces. If you are dealing with any oral pain or discomfort, visit your dentist to identify and treat the problem.
  • Pain from noncompliance: Aligners like Invisalign as well as retainers should fit snugly and comfortably—as long as you follow our instructions. However, if you have been noncompliant, be up front with our team. Forcing teeth into trays or retainers once your teeth have shifted out of place is never a good idea. Doing this can make teeth move too quickly and leave you with damage and pain.

A lifelong, healthy smile

To prevent any oral pain during treatment, keep your smile safe, clean, and healthy! Dental hygiene is crucial to protect your teeth and avoid painful cavities or problems with your gums. Make sure to be extra vigilant while taking care of your teeth when you have braces, particularly after eating. Skip non-braces-friendly foods that are sticky, hard, or chewy. Avoiding these types of foods, such as popcorn or gum, while having braces will help you avoid cavities, gum disease, and staining. Always wear a mouthguard when playing sports, and always follow our instructions to keep your teeth on track—whether it’s your first day with braces or years down the line when you wear your retainer.

Book your orthodontic appointment today!

Ready to begin your orthodontic journey? A complimentary initial consultation is at your fingertips! Just fill out our quick online form and we will be in contact soon, ready to help you get started with appointments that work for your schedule. If you have any questions, feel free to call us directly at (614) 855-8800. We want to know your goals for your teeth and work with you for your orthodontic needs.

Complete your virtual consultation

Is your schedule jam-packed? No need to worry! With our virtual orthodontic consultations, you can get started on improving your orthodontic health from home. In just three easy steps from our website’s virtual consult tab, we can help you with your treatment goals.

We will ask you some quick questions about you and your preferences. Then with just a few pictures of your teeth, our experts can create your custom braces or aligner treatment plan. Next, we will contact you so you can review your plan alongside one of our accomplished orthodontists. Whether your first visit for braces or aligners is online or in person, you can always expect the same precise, personalized, and thorough orthodontics experience.

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