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Celebrate Self-Improvement Month With a New Smile

September 15th, 2020

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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:


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 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.

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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.

Benefits of Interceptive Treatment for Children

August 11th, 2020






Did you know that the American Orthodontic Association recommends that kids first visit an orthodontist at 7 years old? While this may seem young, newer treatment options, like interceptive treatment, allow us to prevent teeth misalignment, overcrowding, and jaw development issues from arising while also reducing the chance of more invasive treatment later on.

What is interceptive treatment?

Interceptive treatment refers to diagnosing and treating dental problems as soon as they arise. There are plenty of signs that can show you that your child might require early orthodontic treatment. These are listed on our website and are as follows:

  • Your child is losing teeth earlier or later than normal (ideally the baby teeth begin to fall out at age 5 and permanent teeth are in place around age 13)
  • Your child has a difficult or painful time chewing and biting
  • Your child is an excessive mouth-breather
  • Thumb-sucking persists after age 5
  • Your child has a speech impediment
  • Your child’s top teeth and bottom teeth point away from each other (a condition known as protruding teeth)
  • Your child has an abnormal bite

How does interceptive treatment work?

The first step is diagnosis. When you bring your child to our experts, they’ll evaluate his or her smile thoroughly and check for any dental concerns. This allows us to spot potential problems, like crowding or misaligned bites, before they progress. If needed, Drs. Hutta & Price will then design a treatment plan. Treatment plans are unique to each child—depending on the problems your child is facing. Some common interventions include:

  • Expansion of the upper jaw to eliminate a crossbite
  • Removal of baby teeth to facilitate growth of adult teeth
  • Expansion of either or both jaws to rectify overcrowding
  • Maintaining space for permanent teeth after premature loss of baby teeth

Our goal with interceptive treatment is to ensure that permanent teeth grow in smoothly, safely, and comfortably by proactively treating issues. By giving your child a smile they are proud of, we are also reducing the chance of them needing tooth extractions later on or other invasive surgeries.

In some cases, the treatment will require a second phase for optimal results. This phase occurs once all the permanent teeth are in place, and is often much shorter. Using braces, we can perfect the smile, ensuring perfect alignment of your child’s teeth, jaw, and bite.

Interceptive treatment allows for a stress-free and often less-invasive solution to your child’s dental problems. If you or your family dentist think your child might be a candidate for early orthodontic care, please contact us at (614) 855-8800 to schedule an appointment.

Celebrating National Ice Cream Month With Braces

July 15th, 2020

National Ice Cream Month arrives during the grueling summer, and not many other refreshments can offer a remedy to heat like ice cream! This rich, creamy, frozen delight can cool you off and satisfy all your cravings. However, if you or your children recently got braces, you might be wondering if ice cream is safe to consume. Here is our list of dos and don’ts for eating ice cream safely during orthodontic treatment.

DO: Eat ice cream! Ice cream is soft and safe to consume with braces. Plus, it contains calcium, which can help strengthen your teeth.

DON’T eat too much ice cream. You might have heard the saying: “Everything is good in moderation.” Well, that is perfectly applicable when it comes to ice cream! Ice cream is full of sugar, which can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities. So, you should probably avoid overeating it or adding more sugary toppings to it, like chocolate sauce, candy, and caramel. Sugar-free ice cream might serve as a good alternative if your cravings are recurring frequently. 

DO: Brush your teeth after eating ice cream. This helps prevent tooth decay as it cleans off the sugar from your enamel. Although, brushing too quickly after eating ice cream can damage your enamel, too. We recommend that you ideally brush your teeth 30 minutes after eating—don’t forget to floss!

DON’T get toppings stuck in brackets as they may cause brackets to become loose or even break off. You should always avoid hard toppings, like nuts, or chewy/sticky ones, like marshmallows or candies. If toppings do end up getting stuck in your brackets, try to remove them carefully using a toothbrush (Pro tip: Always have a travel toothbrush with you while you have braces). If you do not have access to a toothbrush, rigorously rinse your mouth with water to get rid of those pesky particles. 

DO: Remove your retainers/aligners before eating ice cream. Although it is possible to eat ice cream—especially soft serve—without removing your retainers, it is not recommended. You should remove your retainer or aligners before eating anything, clean them, and put them on after brushing your teeth. 

Even with these precautions, tooth decay can happen—especially if you aren’t diligent with your oral hygiene habits. To ensure good oral health, remember to book your dental checkups at least twice per year. It’s essential to have a healthy smile for your best orthodontic result! If you have any questions or need more advice, call our team today at (614) 855-8800 or visit our website.

3 Ways to Celebrate Smile Power Day!

June 15th, 2020

June 15th is Smile Power Day! This holiday is celebrated to showcase the power that a smile holds. This wholesome event focuses on bringing us all together through good vibes and happiness! To make the most of the holiday, we have made a list of three things to do to boost your smile and share it with others:

1. Count your blessings: 

We know that these are trying times for many of us. However, even in tough times like these, it is important to look at the bright side! After all, smiling is shown to boost our happiness and health. On this Smile Power Day, give yourself a reason to smile by counting your blessings—your friends, your family, and your community. Focus on anything that betters your day, even something as small as seeing a beautiful, clear sky.=

2. Be kind: 

On a day that is focused on elevating everyone, give those around you a reason to smile. Greet your neighbors politely, engage in heartwarming conversations, write notes to your loved ones! All these little gestures can greatly improve someone’s day. What better day to start doing good for others than on Smile Power Day?

3. Boost your smile’s health: 

Good oral hygiene is imperative in building and maintaining a beautiful smile—especially when you have braces or aligners! Remember to brush your teeth and floss regularly to prevent the buildup of plaque and bacteria. Try to avoid consuming an excess of foods and drinks that damage your teeth or get stuck in braces, including those with high amounts of added sugar, like soda and sticky candy, or high amounts of citrus, like lemon or lime. They make your teeth more susceptible to decay over time. Swap these out with foods rich in calcium and phosphorus, such as dairy, eggs, and leafy vegetables. And, as always, remember to get frequent dental checkups to ensure your teeth are staying clean and healthy during your orthodontic treatment.

At Hutta & Price Orthodontics, we offer a range of services like Damon™ Braces, Smile Envy 3D, and Invisalign® to give you your healthiest, happiest smile! Ready to get your perfect grin for Smile Power Day and every other day? Call us now at (614) 855-8800 to book your appointment with our orthodontic team. We hope you’re able to spread joy and plenty of smiles today!

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