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National Hard Candy Day

December 19th, 2020

The holiday season is finally upon us! For many of your kids, it means no more homework or early bedtimes, but it also means more candy. However, if your little ones have braces, they might need to skip that last part this year.

The unsafe candies:

With National Hard Candy Day rolling along on December 19, it is important that you know the negative consequences of eating hard candy while wearing braces. Seasonal candies like butterscotch, candy canes, and toffees can damage brackets or pop them off completely. This means coming in to get your braces repaired, which can be a hassle—especially during the busy holidays. Save yourself a visit and skip that candy cane this season!

If you have removable retainers or clear aligners, you don’t need to skip hard candy entirely. However, candies can stain aligners, lead to cavities if you don’t brush and floss, as well as cause chipped teeth if you bite down. To be safe, make sure that you always suck on candies—rather than risking a chip. Even if you have retainers and aligners, moderation is key.

The safe candies:

Do not worry! We are not going to force you into a candy-free holiday season. There are plenty of candies and seasonal sweets that are soft and safe to consume with braces. Replace hard candies with chocolates, soft sugar cookies, brownies, or hot cocoa as a safe and sweet alternative.

Extra precautions:

Without proper oral hygiene, no type of candy is completely safe! The high amounts of sugar in candies make your mouth a breeding ground for harmful bacteria when consumed. These bacteria can act on sugar to form acids, which dissolve and break away the enamel in your teeth. This is what causes tooth decay and cavities. Therefore, it’s important to avoid overconsumption of candies or sugary foods—everything in moderation!

Even though it’s the holiday season, you still must maintain good dental hygiene. Brush your teeth 30 minutes after consuming foods and drinks with high sugar content, and floss at least once a day to remove any small food particles stuck in between your teeth. If you wear aligners, be sure to brush and floss after eating or drinking anything other than water.

By following these simple precautions, you can enjoy a fun and safe holiday season with a healthy smile. From all of us at Hutta & Price Orthodontics, we wish you a happy holiday! To schedule your next appointment, call us at (614) 855-8800.

Sports Safety 101

November 12th, 2020

Person putting in a mouthguard

Though some sports are temporarily on hold with the pandemic, athletics are still a big part of many children’s lives—in the neighborhood, at home, or recreationally. After a busy day of e-learning or school, many kids love to blow off steam and head outside. However, if your child has braces or aligners, there are several things you need to know to help keep their smile safe during sports!

What sports can I play with braces?

All of them! Staying active is fun and healthy. Fortunately, undergoing orthodontic treatment does not mean that you should stop playing sports. Even contact-heavy sports such as football and basketball are appropriate if you take precautions—namely, wearing a mouthguard. We strongly recommend wearing a mouthguard that fits over your braces for all sports, even non-contact ones like gymnastics and horseback riding. If you are not wearing a mouthguard, brackets can break off, and wires can cut up your mouth. Whether you are hit in the mouth or you trip and fall, oral injuries can be serious and costly if you do not wear protection.

In fact, according to the American Dental Association, more than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented each year by wearing a mouthguard. Plus, a mouthguard helps reduce damage by up to 60 times. This small piece of protective gear can prevent a painful (and expensive!) injury later on.

Do I need a mouthguard if I wear aligners?

If you wear Invisalign® or Smile Envy 3D, you won’t have to worry about metal hurting you during a sports injury. However, even though aligners fit over your teeth, they are not protective. If you get hit in the mouth, you can still sustain serious oral damage while also causing damage to your aligners. Fortunately, we can create an appropriate mouthguard that fits over your aligners to protect your smile. Additionally, do not choose a boil and bite mouthguard if you wear Invisalign or Smile Envy 3D. These mouthguards are closely fitted to your teeth using heat that can warp aligners.

What else can athletes do to protect their smiles?

Whether in the gym, on the field, or in your backyard, many young athletes rely on sports drinks and sugary snacks to stay energized and hydrated. However, these snacks and drinks can be very damaging. Surprisingly, sports drinks like Gatorade can actually cause more damage than soda! When it comes to hydration, water is tried and true (and the only thing you can drink while wearing aligners). If your athlete needs a snack, we recommend that they eat it before or after practice, so they have time to brush and floss immediately after.

With a properly fitted mouthguard and these tips in mind, you can keep your braces, teeth, tongue, and aligners safe. If you’re ready to find the mouthguard that is right for you or if you need more information, please give us a call today.

3 Halloween Braces Myths

October 5th, 2020

person with braces and candy

October 31 marks every child’s favorite holiday—filled with friends, costumes, candies, and scares. Even if the holiday looks a little different this year, with socially-distanced activities or virtual Trick-or-Treating, we know that it will still be a day to remember!

This Halloween, don’t let your teeth and braces give you a scare. At Hutta & Price Orthodontics, we’re debunking three common myths, so you can enjoy a safe, happy, and braces-friendly Halloween:

  1. MYTH: Eating Halloween candy will cause tooth decay.

For years, sugar has always been labeled as the number one cause of tooth decay and cavities. While eating a lot of sugar does contribute to tooth decay when the sugar is broken down, the major cause of tooth decay is actually improper cleaning of teeth. Sugary and starchy foods in the mouth form plaque, a kind of ever-growing bacteria. Removing plaque prevents acids from wearing away the surface of your teeth. So, while you should encourage your child to limit candy consumption, your primary concern should be that they brush and floss properly. Good oral hygiene means cleaning teeth and braces 30 minutes after every meal or snack—or as soon as kids get home from Trick-or-Treating.

  1. MYTH: Treats are a no-go with braces.

Although hard, chewy, and sticky candies should be avoided while wearing braces, there are plenty of safe treats to consume as well. Examples of these include most chocolates that melt in the mouth (REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups, HERSHEY’S Kisses, 3 Musketeers), cookies and apple slices (when cut finely), and sweet ice creams. For optimal dental health, encourage kids to steer clear of highly acidic treats—like sour sprays or Fun Dip. These are not ideal for anyone’s teeth!

  1. MYTH: Kids can’t enjoy Halloween with braces.

Orthodontic treatment does not mean that Halloween will be boring. It’s true that the holiday may require some sacrifices for braces-wearers, but the end result of orthodontic treatment is well worth skipping out on that taffy or caramel! Get your kids excited about the many braces-friendly treats they can enjoy. And, help them incorporate their braces into a unique costume idea. Having an amazing costume is sure to put a smile on their faces!

From all of us at Hutta & Price Orthodontics, we wish you a happy Halloween. If you have any questions or need to book an appointment, give us a call at (614) 855-8800.

Celebrate Self-Improvement Month With a New Smile

September 15th, 2020

Woman with braces smiling

September is Self-Improvement Month, the perfect time to set new goals for yourself to accomplish or to finally catch up on the ones on your long-forgotten New Year's resolutions list! If social distancing and stay-at-home orders got in the way of your smile goals, now is the perfect time to improve your smile!

At Hutta & Price Orthodontics, our orthodontic treatments can give you newfound confidence and motivation—with healthy, aesthetic results. Plus, in our office, we’re keeping you safe with additional protocols, so you don’t have to worry about coming in for appointments or checkups. If you want a new smile, but do not know which treatment is right for you, here is a little list of some of our services to help you make the most of Self-Improvement Month:

Braces:

With masks worn in public, many people working from home, and social-distancing rules enforced, braces are a great solution for people of all ages! Take advantage of your time at home and transform your smile with the latest advancements in the orthodontic industry. We proudly offer Damon Braces, an innovative treatment that can transform your smile more comfortably and quickly than traditional braces to give you a beautiful and healthy grin.

Invisalign®: 

Invisalign is a great, nearly invisible alternative to traditional braces. These clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth and offer a discreet solution to your dental problems while giving you the smile that you deserve! Even better, you do not have to worry about any of the food restrictions that come with traditional braces as these aligners can be easily removed for all mealtimes or snacks.

Smile Envy 3D:

Maybe you only need a small touch-up to your already beautiful smile. If so, Smile Envy 3D could be right for you! This touch-up is not a full, comprehensive treatment like Invisalign or Damon Braces. It is perfect for adults who had braces but forgot to wear their retainers, or for others with minor orthodontic needs. Our custom, 3D-printed aligners help you get your desired smile quickly, offering a unique and affordable solution for improving your health and confidence. Like Invisalign, these trays are removable, virtually invisible, and offer you the freedom to enjoy orthodontic treatment discreetly.

Book your appointment!

Start your Self-Improvement Month by working toward a new smile! Braces and aligners not only improve aesthetics but also have lasting health benefits—from improving jaw alignment and reducing bruxism to boosting your oral hygiene. If you want to kickstart your journey to your best smile or if you want more information, give us a call at (614) 855-8800.

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