Our Orthodontists

Dr. J. Lawrence Hutta

Dr. Hutta is one of the most celebrated orthodontists in the entire Midwest. Known in Central Ohio for his dedication to amazing results, his passion for his craft and emerging techniques, and his caring personality, it’s no surprise that tens of thousands of families have trusted their smiles to Dr. J. Lawrence Hutta. Dr. Hutta’s skills are so advanced and sought after, he has had orthodontists from around the country and even as far away as Japan make the journey to Ohio to study his techniques. He is also educating the next generation of dentists and orthodontists at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry where he is on faculty and lectures several times a month.

Dr. Hutta graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry where he was selected into the prestigious dental honorary society, Omicron Kappa Epsilon. Dr. Hutta went on to complete his general dental residency and a two-year graduate program in orthodontics at the University of Rochester School of Dentistry/Eastman Institute for Oral Health. Dr. Hutta is a member of the prestigious American Association of Orthodontics, the Ohio Dental Association and The Columbus Dental Society. He also has the honor of being a Diplomate of The American Board of Orthodontics, a special distinction held by a select number of orthodontists.

A proud supporter of the community, Dr. Hutta supports local elementary schools and gives scholarships to deserving high school graduates. He is the proud father of three girls: Lexie, Tori, and Tayce. When he’s not creating beautiful smiles, you can find Dr. Hutta at an OSU football or basketball game, playing golf, or spending time with family. Dr. Hutta resides in Westerville.

Message from Dr. Hutta

Dear Patient,

Thank you for the opportunity to tell you about the orthodontic experience in our office. I know that when it comes to making a decision about medical or dental treatment for yourself or a loved one, you want to make certain that it is a correct fit. I do truly believe that there is a difference between orthodontic practices. When you enter one of my two offices, whether it is in Dublin or Worthington, you will immediately experience the difference. Our friendly and educated staff will take extraordinary care of you as well as your child. The equipment is state-of-the-art, which includes the latest advancements in orthodontic treatment planning, keeping in mind both comfort and speed. My clinical staff, which includes three dental hygienists who have been with me for more than 20 years, have a total of over 250 years of orthodontic experience. I also am fortunate to have a wonderful orthodontic partner, Dr. Brandon Cook. He has been with our office since 2005. Dr. Cook and I thoroughly discuss all treatment plans to ensure treatment consistency.

My promise to you is to provide you and your family with exceptional care at a reasonable expense in the shortest period of time. My practice philosophy is to treat at the appropriate time depending on the orthodontic problem. This may require a treatment plan that will be carried out in two separate phases. The first phase may begin while a child has both permanent and baby teeth to take advantage of skeletal growth and development. The second phase of treatment is then started once a full dentition is present. This concept is important because in many cases, if orthodontic treatment is delayed until all permanent teeth are present, you will miss the window of opportunity to affect facial growth that might be a contributing factor to the dental malformation (problem). The only way to determine which type of orthodontic treatment is the most appropriate for your child is to schedule a complimentary exam. Hopefully this exam takes place while your child still has some baby teeth present! During this examination it will be determined and thoroughly discussed which treatment approach will be best for your child. We look forward to the opportunity to meet you and discuss your orthodontic needs. We welcome you to join our “orthodontic family.”

Dr. J. Lawrence Hutta

Dr. Brandon Cook

Dr. Brandon Cook was born in Texas and grew up in the mountains of Utah. Following college and a two-year mission trip to Berlin, Germany, he moved to Columbus and earned his dental degree, summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University. He remained at OSU to complete a three-year residency and received his specialty certificate in orthodontics and Masters of Science degree. Dr. Cook joined Hutta & Cook Orthodontics in 2005 and shares with Dr. Hutta the distinct honor of being a diplomate of The American Board of Orthodontics.

When not helping patients achieve beautiful smiles, Dr. Cook is busy with family life and enjoys skiing, fishing, horseback riding, and spending time outdoors. He resides in Powell with his wife, Jill, and their three children.

Message from Dr. Cook

Dear Patient,

I’m grateful to be an orthodontist because I love what I do. I have the pleasure of creating beautiful smiles for some of the kindest people in our community. Orthodontics is my passion and I truly enjoy time with patients and their families. There’s nothing like watching a patient’s face the first time they look in a mirror after having their braces removed. It’s priceless. I’m lucky to work alongside Dr. Hutta and our talented and extremely competent staff. Woody Hayes said, “you win with people,” and you’ll know that’s true when you meet our awesome staff. They really do make our practice “Distinctively Different.”

Another thing that distinguishes our practice is our philosophy when treating young, growing patients. We realize how critical it is to provide the APPROPRIATE treatment at an IDEAL time. And while the majority of our patients are adolescents, Dr. Hutta and I probably treat more adult patients than any other practice in central Ohio. We enjoy using our experience and cutting edge technology to treat complex and challenging bite problems.

It’s important for us to stay at the forefront of technology and orthodontic innovation so we can provide the highest level of care. Along with membership in local and national organizations and study clubs, I’m a member of the prestigious Ormco Insiders, a group limited to a few hundred orthodontists in the world. This group helps develop tomorrow’s technology in orthodontics, and membership allows our practice to be among the first to utilize these advancements.

Thanks for taking the time to learn a little about us and what makes our practice unique. Please feel free to schedule a complimentary exam. I look forward to meeting you and helping create your smile of a lifetime.

Best regards,
Dr. Brandon Cook

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