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.

Man with adult Damon Braces

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!

Girl eating a braces-friendly recipe.

Braces-Friendly Recipes for Culinary Arts Month

July is Culinary Arts Month! So, in honor of the culinary arts, we’re taking a look at a few foods that you can enjoy—whether you’re wearing braces or Invisalign®. Though you may have some restrictions regarding what you can and can’t eat during your orthodontic treatment, there are still many healthy and delicious food options to cook and indulge in. 

Below are fun recipes from each region of the United States that you can try cooking all month long. See the links below them for more information on the recipes. Then, go ahead and cook up some healthy, delicious, and braces-friendly meals!

Northeast

American Chop Suey: This Italian-American dish consists of elbow macaroni, ground beef, tomato sauce, seasonings, and sometimes grated cheese. It’s soft and braces friendly!

South

Shrimp Creole: This braces-friendly dish has cooked shrimp in a mixture of tomatoes, onions, celery, and bell peppers, spiced with hot pepper sauce or cayenne-based seasoning, and served over steamed or boiled white rice. 

West

Mission Burrito: This very large burrito is filled with meat, beans, rice, and additional flavor-enhancing ingredients such as cheese, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, or jalapeños. Enjoy this tasty, braces-friendly option, and be sure to load up on all the healthy add-ons!

Midwest

Detroit-Style Pizza: This square pizza is similar to Sicilian-style pizza. It has a deep-dish crust, toppings, such as pepperoni and olives, and is served with marinara sauce on top. If you have braces, just remember to cut off the crispy crust!

We hope you have a happy Culinary Arts Month and try out some of these popular dishes from across the United States! Who knows? Maybe you’ll find your favorite, new braces-friendly meal! If you have any questions about what foods you can or can’t enjoy during your orthodontic treatment or if you are ready to book your next appointment, call our team at 614-423-8177.

Get Back Your Best Smile!

While many things have been shut down for the past few months, we know the desire for a better smile does not go away! If you’ve been putting off getting your best smile (especially amid social distancing), now is the time to commit to your healthiest, happiest teeth! While this can be done by incorporating healthier habits into your life, like better brushing and flossing, trips to the orthodontist can improve your smile even more. 

At Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics, our orthodontic professionals are here to give you the smile you deserve. We offer two primary treatments for straight and healthy teeth: Damon Braces and Invisalign®

Damon Braces are the state-of-the-art braces for smile correction, through which one can achieve a straighter, more aligned smile. They not only align teeth, but they also enhance facial features as well. Fortunately, Damon Braces are also free of painful tightening processes, giving you a comfortable and effective smile transformation!

Invisalign® is an alternative to braces that is not as detectable thanks to its clear aligners. These aligners are also removable and result in the same effect as braces: a healthily aligned smile. You can use Invisalign® aligners to straighten your teeth—without having to commit to small, additional lifestyle changes, like dietary restrictions, necessary with braces.

Having a straighter smile has a large list of benefits, including:

  • Improving your ability to chew food
  • Helping you speak clearly
  • Making brushing and flossing easier
  • Reducing your risk of cavities and tooth decay
  • Reducing your risk of grinding your teeth and sustaining tooth damage
  • Reducing your chance of sustaining an injury from protruding teeth

Ready to get your best smile? 

Aside from these very practical reasons, we all know how aesthetically pleasing a straightened smile can be and how much confidence it can give you. At Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics, we are committed to aiding you on your journey to your best smile! 

We know our cutting-edge techniques lead to priceless boosts in confidence. We love seeing our patients’ amazing transformations, and we take great pride in the raving reviews we get from our smile family. If you are ready to join us on your smile journey, call our office today at 614-423-8177.

Our NEW Health & Safety Protocols

Dear patients,

We hope that this letter finds you healthy and well. The past few weeks have been challenging, but by working together, we have done an excellent job flattening the risk curve! In light of Governor DeWine’s announcement last week, we are reopening on May 4 and are happy to welcome you back through our doors.

We are calling patients to reschedule appointments. To expedite this process, please wait for our call rather than calling yourself as we have limited phone operators.

Your health and safety have always been our top concerns. Rest assured, we will be taking every possible precaution to keep you and our Hutta & Hutta team safe! Some of our new safety protocols include the following:

  • We will screen patients/employees with a Health Questionnaire and check temperatures.
  • We will ask patients to wash hands upon arriving.
  • We will ask patients to brush teeth at home or work before their appointment.
  • We will employ social distancing best practices.
  • We will reduce office capacity by staggering appointment times.
  • We will ask parents/siblings of current patients to wait in the car.
  • We will fill out exit treatment reports for each patient. Parents can call in with any questions about their child’s treatment.
  • For patients/parents who are in the office for initial treatment consultations, we will use a private room with our orthodontists.
  • We will have hand sanitizer and face masks available.
  • We have installed a screen guard around our front desk.
  • We will sterilize treatment and high-touch areas.
  • We will cease use of our coffee machine temporarily.

With these precautions in place, we look forward to delivering healthy, happy smiles while keeping you and your family safe. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this transition back to regular care. Our team looks forward to seeing you back in our office!

Warmly,

The Team at Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics

Spreading Smiles at Home

Missing our amazing team? We miss seeing you, too! Remember, even though we’re temporarily closed, we’re still here for you. Don’t hesitate to reach out—we will be checking our messages frequently in case you have any orthodontic emergencies.

In the meantime, keep up with us on social media (@huttaandhutta) and make the most of your days at home! Here are some of our favorite ideas to put a smile on your face while you practice social distancing.

Share smiles at home!

Your kids may not be at school, but they can still learn so much while enjoying their downtime. We recommend the following apps and websites:

Storyline Online: On this website, your child can enjoy some of his or her favorite picture books while actors, like Betty White, Kristen Bell, or Chris Pine, read them aloud. Complete with immersive video graphics (and in some cases, words to help your child follow along), each story has an accompanying activity guide for extra learning.

NSF Science Zone: Download this app designed for teachers and students. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, it has informational videos, pictures, and news.

Duolingo: Have you always wanted to learn a new language? Duolingo is the perfect appfor kids and adults, alike. With language options from Italian and Spanish to Japanese and Irish, Duolingo makes it easy (and free!) to learn a new skill.

Looking for some family fun? We’ve got a few ideas!

Heads Up! and Heads Up! Kids: A fun game that combines charades and guessing, you can enjoy classic Heads Up! or a picture-only version with Heads Up! Kids.

Finders Seekers Mystery Box: With this subscription box service, you’ll receive a box of exciting puzzles shipped to your door. These mysteries are family-friendly and great for kids ages 10+.

Keep up those good smile habits!

As always, use this time to keep your braces extra clean and healthy. Commit to these three brushing habits for your best smile in the upcoming weeks:

  1. Brush often enough. Since you’re home, brush after every single meal—for two minutes without appliances or four minutes with appliances.
  2. Use the right technique.  When you brush, be sure to use a 45-degree angle and don’t brush too hard. Improper brushing is not only less effective but can also be harmful.
  3. Know when to throw out your toothbrush. If bristles are bent or frayed or if you’ve recently been sick, it’s time to throw away your toothbrush! Damaged bristles work less effectively, and after being sick, you can reinfect yourself via a bacteria-filled toothbrush.

No matter how well you brush, brushing alone will not remove all plaque on your teeth! So, be sure to pair these habits with daily flossing for your best smile.

Want more tips? Follow us on social media (@huttaandhutta) to see how our staff members, orthodontists, and patients are spending their time at home! From all of us at Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics, we wish you another healthy and safe week of social distancing.

Healthy, Spring Break Smiles

We’ve finally made it to March, and you know what that means… it’s spring break season! We hope you get the opportunity to leave chilly Ohio and enjoy some fun and relaxation time during your time off.  

If you’re traveling this spring break, it’s important to take a few extra precautions to guarantee that your orthodontic appliances stay safe, healthy, and clean! Try to follow these simple instructions from Drs. Hutta & Hutta to ensure a great vacation—free from any orthodontic mishaps.

Stick to your dental hygiene routine

When you’re traveling, we know it can be easy to fall out of your healthy dental hygiene habits.  You’re in a new place and following a new schedule, but it’s so important that you keep up with your dental habits. Even if you have a jam-packed itinerary, brushing twice a day and flossing daily are vital to prevent tooth decay. Keep your teeth safe this spring break and keep up those good habits!

Carry a braces toolkit

If you’re on the go, you might not have all of your regular dental and orthodontic resources accessible. It’s a great idea to assemble a mini braces toolkit for your travels. Pack a travel toothbrush and toothpaste, nylon floss picks, and orthodontic wax to keep on hand. You can also throw in a pair of small nail clippers—they’re a great resource if you have a broken wire poking out of place! That way, you’re always prepared—even on a faraway vacation.

Stay hydrated 

When you’re traveling, drinking water and staying hydrated are important! Flights and long car rides can dehydrate you, which isn’t good for your body or your teeth. Water helps irrigate the mouth, rinsing away damaging leftover food debris. Always try to keep a water bottle on hand. Just remember to empty it before you go through TSA security!

Schedule a checkup before you leave town

Drs. Hutta and Hutta would be happy to see you before you head out on your spring break adventures! That way, we can check in to make sure your braces are in good shape, your wires are tight, and you’re ready to travel.

If you are ready to book your appointment, call us today! And, if you do happen to experience any issues with your braces during a vacation, be sure to get in contact with us. We’re always happy to respond to any questions or concerns.

tooth fairy day

When Should You Take Your Child to the Orthodontist?

Did you know that February 28 is National Tooth Fairy Day? Losing a tooth is always an exciting occasion in a child’s life—it’s a sign that they are growing up (plus, the money under their pillow is an added bonus)! However, if your child has already had their first visit from the Tooth Fairy, it might be time for you to consider an orthodontic visit. 

In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child visit an orthodontist for their first appointment no later than the age of seven. Although most people assume that orthodontic treatment shouldn’t begin until preteen years, it’s important to take your child to a checkup early on. That way, our orthodontists can determine if early intervention could help them.

The benefits of early treatment

Even if your child’s baby teeth appear straight, there could be underlying issues with their jaw growth, bite, and emerging teeth. If Drs. Hutta and Hutta detect these subtle, orthodontic problems early on, they can make a plan to monitor the development of these issues over time and begin treatment at the optimal stage.  

Furthermore, our orthodontists might detect an issue that could benefit from early treatment. By intervening early, our orthodontists can prevent more serious issues from developing, making treatment shorter, less complicated, and less painful at the later stages. Early treatment options can also allow us to guide your child’s jaw growth and correct permanent tooth alignment—while they are still growing.

By tackling problems before they have time to develop or worsen, early intervention can often help preserve teeth and reduce the need for uncomfortable tooth extractions later on. And, in some cases, this also allows Drs. Hutta & Hutta to achieve results that might not have been possible once the permanent teeth finish growing in.

Schedule your appointment today

If your child has had frequent visits from the tooth fairy, don’t hesitate to book an appointment for them at Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics today. By scheduling an appointment once they turn seven, you can ensure that they will have a beautiful, healthy smile transformation!

Make 2020 the Year of Your New Smile!

Are you looking to make a change this new year? If you don’t feel completely satisfied with your smile, take control of your smile goals this year! If you’ve been making excuses or putting off orthodontic treatment, it’s time to make 2020 the year of your new smile.

Your smile is one of the very first things that other people notice about you, and if you feel confident in your grin, people will take notice! You deserve that boost in self-esteem—you will be truly amazed by what it can do for your oral hygiene, personal life, or even your career.  

Misaligned teeth and bites can severely impact your health. In fact, a misaligned bite can interfere with your ability to chew and speak, causing abnormal wear to your enamel and jaw. And when your teeth are crooked or overcrowded, this can make proper oral hygiene much more difficult. Over time, misalignment can result in tooth decay, periodontal disease, and even the loss of teeth.   

With advances in orthodontic technology, we can help you to achieve your brighter, straighter, healthier smile with traditional braces or clear aligner technology. If you are a good candidate for an Invisalign® treatment, Drs. Hutta and Hutta can administer a series of clear aligners. With this advanced orthodontic technology, you can create a beautiful, straight smile inconspicuously—without having to alter your diet or brushing and flossing routines. 

However, even if traditional braces are a better fit for your smile needs, advancements in technology allow us to more effectively, comfortably, and efficiently transform your smile with our services. There has never been a better time to undergo adult orthodontics and love your new smile!

When you don’t feel self-conscious about your teeth and smile, you will be able to speak with the confidence you deserve and let your inner beauty shine through. Give yourself the gift of a beautiful, healthy smile. Let 2020 be the year that you finally prioritize yourself and make time for orthodontic treatment!

If you would like to discuss options and pricing for the new and improved you, please get in contact with us at Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics. We can’t wait to help you design the gorgeous smile of your dreams! 

Great Holiday Goodies to Enjoy with Braces

From our team here at Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics, we want to wish you a very happy holiday season! We hope you have the opportunity to relax, spend some quality time with friends and family, and enjoy some delicious holiday food. Even though you’ll be surrounded by the temptation to eat sticky, chewy goodies that could damage your braces, don’t worry! There are still plenty of ways to safely indulge in holiday treats this season.  

There are so many holiday goodies that have our orthodontists’ seal of approval. Here are some great options for a braces-friendly winter treat:

  • Soft sugar cookies: A classic holiday treat, soft cookies with soft frosting (no hard sprinkle beads or candy on top!) are perfect treats for those with braces. Just be sure to avoid cookies that are hard, crunchy, or loaded with nuts and hard toppings.
  • Potato pancakes (latkes): These traditional holiday treats are soft, easy on the teeth, and delicious!
  • Holiday cheese balls and logs: As long as you avoid any nuts, holiday cheese balls are safe for braces. An added bonus—cheese is a dental superfood! Cheese helps balance the pH level of your mouth, minimizing your risk of developing cavities. Cheese is also rich in phosphates and calcium, which helps strengthen your teeth and bones.
  • Hot chocolate: Hot chocolate is a sweet winter treat with your orthodontists’ seal of approval. If you’re really missing candy canes this holiday season, try a peppermint flavored hot cocoa mix! But, save the marshmallows for next year–even though they’re soft, they can easily get caught in your orthodontic appliances because of their sticky consistency.
  • Soft pies: Pumpkin, apple, and chocolate pies are all totally safe to consume with braces. However, pie crusts or nut toppings may be problematic for orthodontics.
  • Pudding: You might have to steer clear of sticky toffee this holiday season, but you can always enjoy some toffee pudding. Since puddings are so soft, they won’t cause any damage to your orthodontic appliances.
  • Soft dinner rolls: When you’re scanning the holiday dinner table, soft dinner rolls are a safe bet for your braces. If you want to be extra careful, tear up the rolls into small, bite-sized pieces. 

Even though you have braces, you won’t have to miss out on all the delicious treats this holiday season! Just remember to brush and floss after your holiday meals to wash away leftover food debris. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to get in touch with our office. We hope you have a happy holiday season!