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April Fools! Busting Braces Myths

April 8th, 2021

Beginning orthodontic treatment can be a big change in your life. You may even be researching how to prepare yourself for this journey. If you are getting ready to transform your smile, don’t believe everything you read! We’re breaking down popular braces and aligner myths so you won’t get fooled this April or beyond.

Myth 1: I can’t play contact sports with braces.

This is a common misconception based on the belief that braces and sports can lead to dental injuries. While not wearing oral protection with braces is very dangerous, if you wear a mouthguard while playing contact sports, you can enjoy sports and a safe smile. If you need help finding a mouthguard that works with your braces, talk to our team!

Myth 2: Braces make it hard to eat good food.

The range of foods you can eat with braces is slightly limited. But, you’d be surprised how many of your favorite items are braces friendly! During treatment, do avoid sticky foods, as these can pull and bend wires, and hard foods that may pop off a bracket. These rules also apply to candies. With a recent visit from the Easter Bunny, be sure to avoid PEEPS® or lollipops. But feel free to say “yes” to that chocolate bunny!

Myth 3: I’m too old for orthodontics.

There is no one who is too old to get orthodontic treatment! Treatment is just as effective for adults as it is for children. If you choose braces or aligners as an adult, you will enjoy many benefits—everything from an improved bite and a more aesthetic smile to reduced TMJ dysfunction and easier-to-maintain oral hygiene. No matter your age, Drs. Hutta and Price can deliver confidence and health through expert orthodontic care.

Myth 4: Braces and aligners are very painful.

These days, orthodontic treatment is more comfortable than ever! While you may feel minor soreness or pressure at first, treatment will eventually feel so natural that you will forget you are wearing braces or aligners at all.

Myth 5: I will get a cavity if I have braces.

Having braces adds extra nooks, crannies, and hard-to-clean areas. However, with proper at-home oral hygiene habits, good brushing techniques, and excellent flossing, you can keep your smile healthy. For extra protection, make sure you regularly visit your dentist for thorough cleanings. As long as you follow our team’s instructions, you can enjoy a healthy and cavity-free smile transformation.

With these myths busted, we hope you are excited about your orthodontic journey. Braces are a life change, but they are so worth it! And remember, if you have any questions about your braces, contact our team for all the information you need. Following inaccurate advice can lead to damage, tooth problems, and extra visits to your orthodontist or dentist. Better safe than sorry!

Celebrating the Dental Innovation, Invisalign®!

March 5th, 2021


March 6 marks Dentist’s Day, a time to show appreciation for dentists, dental innovations, and the ever-evolving field of dentistry! One advanced treatment tool we are grateful to use in our practice is Invisalign, a discreet and convenient way to transform your smile with clear aligners. Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price have treated over 2,000 patients with Invisalign and are proud to be in the top 1% of Invisalign providers worldwide. Read on as we break down everything you need to know about Invisalign for Dentist’s Day!

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an advanced aligner system that is used by Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price as an alternative to traditional braces. Orthodontists have transformed millions of smiles using the Invisalign system over the last 20 years. This orthodontic treatment involves wearing nearly invisible aligners that are custom-made for you. These aligners have the same effect as braces—though they are more discreet and don’t have any food restrictions since you can easily remove them.

Likewise, you do not have to make any big changes to your current dental hygiene routine. Just brush and floss after eating anything, then put those aligners back in! By guiding teeth into their proper alignment tray by tray, Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price deliver a healthy, beautiful smile that boosts confidence and dental health.

How does Invisalign work?

Undergoing Invisalign treatment with Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price is comfortable and convenient. First, we evaluate your jaw and tooth position and find out what the problem is. Next, Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price prescribe a treatment for you which may include the use of Invisalign aligners. We digitally scan your teeth using state-of-the-art 3D scanners and create a series of aligners designed specifically for you. Then, we ask you to do your part! Wear your aligners for 20 hours or more a day and switch them out after every week or two. These aligners slowly but surely move your teeth into their right places, ending with you having perfectly aligned teeth and a beautiful smile.

Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price are also certified Invisalign Teen providers. Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price are prescribing Invisalign treatment to teens more than ever. Teens are becoming more conscious about their looks and appreciate a clear option during treatment as well. They love the increased comfort, lack of food restrictions, and more aesthetically pleasing look.

Getting your healthiest, happiest smile

If you are looking for a reason to be grateful this Dentist’s Day, look no further than the advanced treatment by Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price using Invisalign! Fortunately, even if Invisalign is not prescribed to you, we are proud to offer the best treatments available, including smile makeovers with Smile Envy 3D aligners and Damon Braces.

To learn more about our technology and treatments, visit our website, or call us today at (614) 855-8800.

Baby Teeth and Braces: Benefits of Early Intervention

February 26th, 2021

Did you know that today is Tooth Fairy Day? At Hutta & Price Orthodontics, we love the Tooth Fairy! When she first arrives in your child’s life, it may be time for our team to intervene. While the Tooth Fairy takes care of baby teeth, our orthodontists can help care for baby teeth and permanent teeth. Read on for more about early intervention and why it matters this Tooth Fairy Day!

What to expect when baby teeth fall out

Around the age of six or seven, children start losing baby teeth in the front of their mouth. After the front eight adult teeth come in along with the 6-year-old molars, your child will take a break from losing teeth. Around 10 or 11 years old, your child will start losing baby teeth again (another 12) until all their adult teeth have fully erupted. Patterns of baby tooth loss will vary from person to person. However, this transition generally takes around six years—excluding the four wisdom teeth that develop in the late teens or early adulthood. As the larger and more numerous adult teeth come in, many kids experience issues like crowding, misalignment, and poor/disrupted jaw growth and bite.

Many assume that you must wait until all adult teeth erupt before orthodontic treatment comes into play. However, while teen and adult braces are common and very effective, orthodontists can actually intervene far earlier.

What is early intervention?

So, when can kids begin using braces? There is no set time, but children should visit the orthodontist during the transition from baby to adult teeth—at around seven years old. At that point, our specialists will be able to detect many issues in their early stages, like an improper bite or crowding. Not all baby teeth need to be gone before beginning orthodontic treatment!

In fact, seeking early intervention can save you money while ensuring a more comfortable treatment for your child. It may even help limit the chances that your child will need tooth extractions or surgeries. By influencing your child’s facial growth and development, we can treat issues before they become more serious, intensive, and costly. For instance, we can prevent some issues, like crowding, from ever arising. If we notice a narrow dental arch/upper jaw, we may use a palate expander to make room for adult teeth and redirect the growth of the jaw. These orthodontic devices expand the patient’s jaw, creating space for teeth as they erupt, improving the size of a child’s airway, and forming the basis of a wide, aligned, and healthy smile.

Book an early intervention appointment today!

The Tooth Fairy and our team love nothing more than seeing kids take care of their baby and adult teeth! If your child is beginning to get visits from the Tooth Fairy, it may be time to come see us. Book your appointment today and help us set up your child for their healthiest, happiest smile.

Earning Gift Cards with Patient Rewards Hub

January 15th, 2021

We all know that orthodontic treatment is a very rewarding process. But, it can also be fun! At Hutta & Price Orthodontics, we have a fun-filled rewards program that your whole family can enjoy! In honor of National Use Your Gift Card Day (January 16), we’re breaking down everything you need to know about our Patient Rewards Hub program.

What is Patient Rewards Hub?

When it comes to orthodontic treatment, it’s important that patients are excited every step of the way. Being enthusiastic especially helps kids take great care of their braces or appliances. With Patient Rewards Hub, we help patients feel a sense of accomplishment as they earn points that can be redeemed for gift cards.

Earning reward points has never been easier! There are many opportunities to score points during your orthodontic journey. Whether you earn them from starting treatment, taking great care of your smile, engaging with us on social media, or referring friends, we know you’ll love watching those points grow!

Once you’ve earned enough points, you can redeem them through our Rewards Hub. We have a wide range of gift cards available—everything from Walmart and Apple to Starbucks, Target, or Amazon. These gift cards range in value depending on the number of points that you want to spend. We also host contests on the Hub, which you can enter for a chance to win some big rewards!

To earn more, you can refer friends and family as a Hutta & Price Smile Ambassador! This gives you MAJOR Rewards Hub points. You’ll earn points for each referral. And, for every family who begins treatment, you’ll score bonus points to redeem for gift cards. If you want to learn more about this program, talk to our team.

How do you get started?

Signing up for our program is very simple. Just open this link and click on the register option. You can also do this on the Patient Rewards Hub app—available on the App Store and Google Play. From there, you can enter a rewards code given to you by us. To save time, you can also sign up through an existing Facebook or Google account. Once you have set your account up, you can immediately start earning points and cashing them in.

Our rewards system is just another way for us to show how much we care about you! If you have any questions about rewards, redeeming points, or how you could become a Smile Ambassador, please ask our team. We can’t wait for you to start earning prizes and smiling proudly!

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