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.