5 Things No One Told You About Invisalign®

While many people know what Invisalign is, there are several misconceptions about this popular clear aligner treatment. Read on for our latest blog breaking down five facts you may not know about this orthodontic technology!

  1. People of all ages love Invisalign. Invisalign is loved by millions across the world, and it’s no wonder why! Whether you are someone who has always wanted a more confident smile, a teenager who prefers a discreet treatment, or an on-the-go adult who doesn’t want to make the small lifestyle changes that come with braces, Invisalign could be right for you. And, like other orthodontic treatments, you are never too old to get started!
  1. An Invisalign transformation is efficient. Invisalign uses nearly invisible aligners to gradually transform your smile tray by tray. Because of this advanced technology, the entire process is streamlined, so there is no need to fret about a long process! While some patients may finish their treatment in several months, others may need more time depending on their unique smile needs.
  1. You can keep eating all of your favorite foods. Invisalign does not stop you from living your life. When it comes time to eat, simply remove your aligners and get to eating! After, thoroughly brush and floss before putting your aligners back on. Unlike with braces, that special candy and crunchy snack you love are all smile-friendly options during your Invisalign treatment. Just make sure you wear those aligners for 20 or more hours a day and keep your smile clean to stay on track!
  1. Your Invisalign treatment is highly advanced. In the world of aligner technology, Invisalign trays are the best in class—with the capability of transforming teeth, bites, and health! By scanning your smile with our 3D imaging tools, we create the perfect, customized treatment plan for your needs. In some cases, this may require attachments, which are tooth-colored buttons fixed to your teeth. These can help aligners complete complex tooth movements for optimal results and your healthiest smile.
  1. Invisalign may not be suitable for everyone. If Invisalign isn’t right for your treatment goals, our orthodontists have many other options! At our office, we offer a number of advanced treatments—all of which are more discreet, comfortable, and effective than braces of the past. Even if you are not eligible for Invisalign, we will work with you to achieve the results you have been dreaming of. Whether we use self-ligating Damon Braces (which come in clear!) or aligners, we can deliver a smile you’ll love and an excellent experience you deserve.

At Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics, we offer the orthodontic care you need for a confident, lifelong smile. If you are interested in learning more or booking a consultation, contact us at 614-423-8177. We’d love to see you in the office!

Spring Candy Guide for Braces and Aligners

With warmer weather underway, the grocery stores are filling up with pastel, spring, and Easter-themed candies. As vivid colors and fun family activities take over, don’t get lured in by the wrong candies, especially if you are in the middle of orthodontic treatment. Follow our Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics guide to ensure you enjoy springtime candy—without compromising your oral health, braces, or aligners!

Candies with braces:

Braces and candy do not always go well together. Candies like butterscotch, jellybeans, toffee, and lollipops can damage brackets. These chewy and hard options, when bitten into, can cause lots of damage to your appliances. Your brackets and wires may even need to be repaired or replaced. If that happens, book an appointment with us as soon as you can. Even if you do not bite down on hard candies, sucking on them still exposes teeth to sugar for long periods of time, so they are not ideal for your teeth.

We always recommend soft, melt-in-your-mouth candies, like chocolate. There are plenty of great options this season. You will be fine eating most chocolate bunnies and peanut butter eggs. And, even though treats like Peeps® are soft, it’s best to avoid them since they get stuck in the hard-to-reach (and hard-to-clean!) grooves of your teeth.

Candies with aligners:

For those with Invisalign®, many of the restrictions that come with braces do not apply. This is because aligners must be removed before eating any food. Though there won’t be damage to your appliances, some basic precautions should be followed with aligners, too. Firstly, never eat anything (especially candy!) while wearing aligners, even if it’s something like a mint that doesn’t require chewing. Secondly, keep your aligners safely in their case to avoid losing them when you eat. Lastly, always remember to clean your teeth and aligners before putting them back on. Aligners cover teeth and will trap any cavity-causing bacteria that isn’t brushed and flossed away.

Enjoy your spring safely!

No type of candy is without risks. High amounts of sugar and acid in candies can make your mouth a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. These bacteria can act on sugar to form acids, which dissolve away the enamel on your teeth. So, always remember to enjoy your candies or sugary foods/drinks in moderation.

By following simple precautions, you can enjoy a fun and safe spring celebration. Have any questions or ready to book your appointment? Call our team today!

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Happy National Dentist’s Day

Did you know that March 6 is National Dentist’s Day? Dentists—professionals who take care of dental health—have been around for thousands of years. In fact, humanity has recognized the need to care for teeth even since the time of ancient Egyptians! When you think about dentists, your general dentist likely comes to mind. But did you know that orthodontists are also dentists? Read on to learn why specialized dental care, like orthodontics, is so important!

Why does dentistry matter?

A trip to your general dentist helps keep your smile in tip-top shape. Seeing a dentist regularly allows patients to maintain healthy teeth and gums; spot issues, like oral cancer, early on; and prevent future problems, like decay, from arising. Importantly, dental hygiene feeds into all aspects of health—from boosting your immune system to improving brain function, and even reducing the risk of heart disease.

However, some patients face issues that require more specialized dental care than biannual appointments. Some dental issues, like misalignment, a bad bite, or a narrow airway, can lead to insecurity, pain, worn teeth, or poor oral function. This is where orthodontists come in!

Dentists vs. orthodontists

Orthodontists are a specialized subset of dentists. Both orthodontists and general dentists have a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry) degree. These degrees are identical. However, while a general dentist’s training can end here, orthodontists go on to complete an additional two-to-three-year residency program for specialized education.

Like general dentists, orthodontists are concerned about oral health. However, orthodontists use appliances, like retainers, palatal expanders, braces, and aligners to align teeth, bring the face, jaw, lips, and teeth into harmony, correct misaligned bites, and influence facial growth. These treatments boost aesthetics while reducing the chances of developing cavities, relieving bruxism, improving oral function, and treating issues, like TMJ disorders.

For your best smile, you need both a general dentist and an orthodontist. While dentists help keep our teeth clean and healthy, orthodontists go a step beyond. By improving facial structure, tooth alignment, and a patient’s bite, orthodontists set up your smile for life.

Book your appointment today

If you are interested in learning more about orthodontics and how treatment could help you, contact our team today. From all of us here, we wish you a happy Dentist’s Day!

Show Your Smile Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a sweet holiday—filled with heart-shaped candies and love-filled hearts. But, what is often forgotten about amid all the fun and excitement is your teeth! This Valentine’s Day, our Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics team wants to remind you about the importance of good dental care. A healthy smile is what we love most of all! Read on for our top three tips for a braces- and aligner-friendly holiday.

1. Pick the right candy. Braces and many candies generally do not mix. However, you don’t need to kill the fun of Valentine’s Day and forego candy altogether! For those with braces, chocolate, soft cookies, and chocolate-dipped strawberries are smile-friendly options. Before you dive into the chocolates that your Valentine gave you, make sure you give them a look over. Nougat, caramel, nuts, and toffee are all bad ideas as they can easily get stuck in your brackets or break them.

Pro Tip: Life is not always like a box of chocolates. You can predict which chocolates you will get! Round or oval chocolates usually have soft cream or ganache fillings. Caramel and toffee are almost always cut into squares or rectangles to minimize waste during chocolate production. Chocolates with tin foil or wrappers around them tend to have liquid centers, and easy-to-avoid nut chocolates often have a bumpy appearance.

2. Love your appliances. Braces and aligners are a huge investment, so take good care of them. While wearing braces, avoid foods that are too chewy or have a tendency to get stuck in your teeth. Then, brush and floss after every meal or snack. We recommend that you rinse your mouth with water to get rid of all the small food particles beforehand.

For those with clear aligners, always remove them before eating or drinking. This helps avoid stains that can make your aligners less-than-clear and prevents tooth decay. Be sure to brush and floss thoroughly before putting aligners back in. While wearing aligners, your acid-neutralizing saliva cannot rinse away bacteria on your teeth, so thorough oral hygiene is extra important.

3. Keep your breath fresh. Sharing a COVID-safe Valentine’s Day smooch? Even if your Valentine’s date is virtual this year, no one wants bad breath! Halitosis is more common with braces since food particles can get stuck in your teeth. Regular, thorough cleaning is important to freshen up your breath. Drinking plenty of water and keeping sugar-free mints on hand are also smile-friendly solutions. If you are out of the house this Valentine’s Day, bring along a travel toothbrush!

We hope you have a sweet day—while keeping your smile pearly white and healthy. Practice moderation while you indulge in Valentine’s sweets, and be mindful of the amount of sugar you’re eating. The last things you want are tooth decay and plaque buildup! For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us today.

Braces Technology Over the Years

We can’t believe it’s already 2021! As we kick off this new year, we’re reflecting on the history of orthodontics over the years. At Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics, we carry cutting-edge teeth straightening technology, like Invisalign® and Damon™ Braces. While the technology of Invisalign and clear aligners is relatively recent, braces have developed over hundreds of years. Read on to find out a quick history about how innovative solutions like Damon Braces became possible.

Braces over the years

Damon Braces, a self-ligating technology, are the epitome of orthodontic development. And, we are proud to offer this technology at our practice. However, modern braces have come a long way—beginning with the bandeau in the 18th century! This arch expansion device was invented by Pierre Fauchard in 1728. The horseshoe-shaped device was crude, so it was necessary to advance this technology.

The next significant invention was the wire crib by Christophe-François Delabarre around the year 1819. The wire crib was the first real wire contraption. It was a precursor to many modern braces techniques. It worked by applying consistent force overtime—just like the braces of today.

Later in the 19th century, vulcanized rubber was discovered, which changed the way teeth were straightened forever. By the 1970s, braces changed from having wires harnessing brackets around each tooth to having brackets attached to the surface of teeth.

Damon Braces, invented by Dr. Dwight Damon at the turn of the century, have improved even further on those traditional metal braces. Dr. Damon increased comfortability and lessened the duration of treatment. While traditional braces have elastic ties, Damon Braces use a clip to hold archwires in place. This speeds up progress and improves oral hygiene. (Elastic ties have been known to collect bacteria as well as cause friction that can slow progress.) Now, Damon Braces have become one of the best technologies available to straighten teeth, improve oral health, and enhance facial aesthetics!

Fun Fact: Drs. Hutta & Hutta met Dwight Damon at a Damon conference last year. Even with an advanced technology like Damon Braces, continuing education conferences help us remain cutting-edge!

Dr. Minga, Dr. Hutta, and Dr. Hutta all met Dr. Dwight Damon.

Get your best smile

Ready to experience the difference of advanced orthodontic technology? Contact our Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics team at 614-423-8177 to book your appointment.

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Holiday Retainer Tips

With the holidays around the corner, we’re all looking forward to a season of festivity! However, amid all the excitement, don’t forget about the less fun, but equally important things. For example, if you have recently completed your braces or aligner journey, you still need to wear your retainer this holiday.

After you finish treatment, braces and aligners are no longer keeping your teeth in place. This can cause teeth to shift or regress if you don’t wear your retainer. While we help you get the gorgeous smile you deserve, you must do your part to keep it healthy and aligned long-term.

So, how long will you need to wear a retainer? This depends on many factors. Our team will customize a unique retention plan for each patient. Generally, you will need to wear retainers most often during the first few months after finishing treatment. This is the time when teeth are most likely to shift. Afterward, you may be able to wear your retainer less frequently. No matter what, follow the instructions from Drs. Hutta & Hutta for your best smile!

Retainer tips for the holidays

Wearing your retainer is important, but you must also take care of your retainer. If you are traveling this season, remember to bring your retainer and case with you. That way, you’ll be able to remove, store, and keep track of it—no matter where your holiday takes you.

In Ohio, it’s important to remember that cold or hot temperatures can damage some types of retainers. Leaving your retainer out in the cold may cause it to crack, while leaving it next to a fireplace or heater could cause it to melt and warp!

During the cold winter months, you may be tempted to take a sip of some hot cocoa and head off to bed—perhaps without brushing. Don’t make this mistake! You will need to remove your retainer before eating or drinking. Afterward, brush and floss to avoid tooth decay and cavities. It’s also important that you avoid hot drinks, like tea, coffee, or hot chocolate while wearing your retainer, as heat can cause it to melt or warp. It’s far safer to take out your retainer, place it in a clean case, and then feast on delicious food or drinks!

An orthodontic retention plan is part of your overall smile transformation. If you have any questions about retainers, braces, or aligners, feel free to reach out to Drs. Hutta & Hutta. From all of us, we wish you a happy holiday season!

National Brush Your Teeth Day!

As we pack away Halloween costumes and dig into some candy, it’s the perfect time to talk about brushing! November 1 is National Brush Your Teeth Day—a holiday all about keeping your teeth sparkling clean. Brushing has been an important part of healthy lives for thousands of years. In fact, early forms of toothbrushes have existed as far back as 3000 BCE! All pre-modern and modern civilizations knew about the importance of cleaning their teeth, and it is no different today. Read this complete guide for a refresher about brushing if you have braces or aligners!

Why should you brush your teeth?

Brushing is always important, but it is even more so when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Brushing cleans plaque buildup, preventing it from hardening into tartar, which can lead to gum disease, inflammation, and a slower treatment. It also removes food particles that may be stuck between brackets or teeth. These can lead to cavities and decay if not removed.

Oral bacteria thrive on foods that are sugary or acidic (just like your Halloween candy!). Starchy foods, like bread, potatoes, and rice, break down into sugars and have a similar effect. No matter what you eat, brushing regularly is a must to maintain good oral health during orthodontic treatment.

When do you brush your teeth?

How often and how long you brush depends on your orthodontic appliances! People without orthodontic appliances only need to brush twice a day. But, if you have braces, we recommend that you brush after every meal for two to four minutes each time. If you have aligners, you must brush after eating or drinking anything other than water. This includes late-night snacks, coffee or tea, and regular mealtimes. Do not pop in your aligners after a candy snack or wear your nighttime retainer without brushing beforehand. Covering up bacteria with aligners is a recipe for decay!

How do you brush with braces?

Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and hold your brush at a 45-degree angle. Then, rub it against your teeth gently in a circular motion. Try to reach all the visible surfaces of your tooth. Get in between each bracket and clean any aligner attachments as well. If you wear braces, take extra care while brushing to prevent damaging your brackets or wires. Always brush gently and avoid scrubbing hard at the enamel or aggressively on your gums.

A soft-bristled toothbrush is ideal for most people. When you are finished brushing, store your toothbrush in a dry area without a cap, as moisture allows bacteria to grow. Remember to replace your toothbrush after three months of use or after getting sick, as reinfection is possible.

What is next?

Remember to keep your teeth clean—not just today, but every day! Even if you adhere to all the above-mentioned recommendations, brushing alone is not enough to maintain perfect dental hygiene during orthodontic treatment. Be sure to floss your teeth daily and visit your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings.

And, if you choose to indulge in some braces-friendly candy today, remember to brush and floss after. Consistent habits lead to excellent smile transformations!

Braces-Friendly Food Swaps

October is Eat Better, Eat Together Month! This month is all about making smart food choices as a family. For people with braces, this means eating healthily and enjoying braces-friendly foods. While braces help patients get their healthiest smiles, there is still work to be done at home! 

Making sure that you are cooking, buying, or providing braces-friendly foods is a simple way to ensure a smooth and safe orthodontic treatment. If you have someone in your family who is beginning their braces journey, here are some simple food swaps you can make for their best braces and healthiest smile:

  • Swap out candy for other desserts: With Halloween coming up, it’s important to make sure your child isn’t choosing hard, sticky, and chewy candies as a dessert or snack. While candy on occasion is a special treat, only soft candies (like chocolates) are ever braces-friendly. Try desserts such as pudding, soft cookies (avoid ones with crunchy nuts), or chocolate as a sweet braces-friendly indulgence.
  • Get rid of chewy and sticky food: Candy isn’t the only sticky or chewy food. Things like dried fruit (raisins or dates) and chewy or hard dinner rolls can easily get stuck in wires and brackets. Instead of dried fruit, choose fresh fruit options. And, rather than cooking up chewy rolls, opt for softer biscuits or breads.
  • Find a nut alternative: Many nuts are hard and can cause trouble when eating them—even without braces. That is why most nuts should be approached with caution, as these crunchy foods can easily bend a wire or pop off a bracket. For a protein-packed snack, choose a soft egg instead. And, if you use nuts as a topping for ice cream or baked into a brownie, look into alternatives like chocolate sauce or whipped cream for a braces-friendly finishing touch.
  • Soften your veggies: While hard raw veggies, such as carrots are healthy foods, they easily damage braces and wires. Make sure that the veggies you choose are soft—like bell peppers. Or, simply steam your vegetables to make them braces-friendly.
  • Stop chewing on ice: Chewing on ice has a lot of potential drawbacks on your teeth and braces. From chipping or fracturing teeth to breaking your orthodontic appliances, ice is better enjoyed in a drink than as a snack! Instead of chewing on ice, enjoy a low-sugar frozen yogurt or the occasional scoop of ice cream to satisfy your mouth with something cool.
  • Eliminate tough meats: Big steaks, meat jerky, and other tough meats also pose a threat to braces. Stick to softer meats, like chicken, fish, or ground beef as an alternative source of protein.
  • Choose the right pizza crust: Crust can be soft, but it can also be hard and crunchy. Opt for a soft crust or cut off the crust altogether for a braces-friendly pizza. 

With a few simple tweaks to your family’s diet, you can set any member of your family up for successful orthodontic treatment! If you have any questions about what is safe to eat with braces, call us at Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics at 614-423-8177.

Taking Care of Your Tongue With Braces

You floss diligently. You brush as instructed. But, do you take proper care of your tongue? The answer is probably not! While many people may think they are taking great care of their smiles and braces, many leave out this important step in their oral hygiene routine. Here are some reasons why you should practice excellent tongue care during orthodontic treatment!


1. Poor tongue hygiene causes bad breath. When you wear braces, you can easily get food caught in brackets, wires, or o-rings. This leads to an increased risk of bad breath. However, if you practice excellent oral hygiene—flossing, brushing, and rinsing with water—poor tongue hygiene could be causing your halitosis. Like your braces, your tongue easily gathers bacteria. If you don’t remove it, it will build up over time and become a smelly problem due to the sulfur compounds produced by oral bacteria.

2. Bacteria will spread from your tongue. Any bacteria in your mouth will spread. Don’t render your excellent brushing or flossing routines ineffective because of your tongue! Removing bacteria on your tongue will keep your entire mouth healthier.

3. Bad tongue health can worsen periodontal disease. If bacteria from the tongue travels to the gums, it can worsen gum disease. Gum disease leads to swelling, inflammation, bleeding, and bad breath. It is a serious concern—especially when you have braces—since it can impede your healthy smile transformation. To avoid periodontal disease or to manage it most effectively, you must be extra thorough with your oral hygiene—including your tongue hygiene.

Keep your tongue clean

Keeping your tongue clean is simple! Just add a 30-second step to your oral hygiene routine. Using your toothbrush bristles or the tongue cleaner side of your toothbrush (if you have one), brush your tongue gently. The most effective way is to brush from the back of your tongue to its tip. After 30 seconds, rinse your mouth and spit.

For extra help, you can also use a tongue scraper. These devices remove the mucus layer on your tongue where bacteria gather. A word of caution: Be gentle with your tongue scraper. Scraping too hard or aggressively can cut your tongue, so be careful!

With these tips in mind, you can boost your overall dental health and help your orthodontic treatment go smoothly! For more tips about life with braces or if you are ready to book an appointment with our team, please call us today.

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5 Signs You Might Need Orthodontic Treatment

Braces straighten teeth, improve your jaw’s alignment, and give you a confident smile…but how do you know if you need them? At Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics, we are proud to offer our patients a variety of orthodontic treatments, including Damon Braces—the cutting-edge technology that does much more than just align your teeth. Below are five signs that you may need orthodontic treatment.

  1. You have regular headaches.

Headaches can stem from a myriad of sources, and one of them is from jaw problems. Misaligned teeth can directly affect the jaw and lead to headaches. TMD refers to dysfunction in your temporomandibular joints (TMJ). This dysfunction in your jaw joints can cause pain to radiate through your face, head, and neck. Depending on your situation, braces can sometimes fix the underlying cause of TMJ —misaligned teeth—and cure those pesky headaches!

  1. Cleaning your teeth is difficult.

Have you ever found out that you have another cavity despite taking great care of your smile? With straight teeth, it is easier to remove debris, food particles, and plaque from teeth with brushing and flossing. If it’s not an easy process for you to thoroughly clean all surfaces of your teeth, misalignment could be to blame. With a straighter smile, your teeth will be healthier. Why not get rid of misalignment? Your dentist will thank you!

  1. You often bite your tongue or cheek.

If you constantly deal with annoying self-inflicted biting injuries, braces might be for you! If you have misaligned teeth or a misaligned bite, you may be likely to accidentally bite down on your tongue or inner cheek—no matter how coordinated your eating habits are. Get braces and say goodbye to biting your tongue!

  1. Your teeth do not fit together comfortably when closing your mouth.

If your teeth do not seem to fit together upon closing your mouth, your bite is likely misaligned. This has a significant effect on your jaw’s appearance and your ability to chew and speak properly. A set of braces could reveal a jawline you did not know you even had. A more comfortable, healthy, and beautiful smile is waiting for you on the other end of your treatment! 

  1. You dont love your smile.

Even without other health issues present, if you wish you had a better smile, braces are for you! Using braces will deliver that extra confidence boost you’ve been wanting. Imagine going out and having the smile you’ve always wanted, taking great photos, and receiving compliments…that sounds like a win-win to us!

If you are interested in learning what orthodontic treatment could do for you, feel free to contact us at 614-423-8177 to schedule your appointment. At Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics, we are proud to help patients get their best smile, and we look forward to meeting you!