Braces Vs. Invisalign

Both braces and Invisalign are meant for the same purpose – to provide straighter teeth! However, each method offers its own set of benefits. At Smiles In Framingham, we want to keep our patients informed as much as possible to ensure they receive the best treatment option for their needs.

Which One Is Right For Me? Braces Or Invisalign?

At Smiles In Framingham, our goal is to provide the best orthodontic care including braces, clear braces, Invisalign Teen and Invisalign in Framingham MA, Southborough MA, Ashland MA, Wayland MA, and surrounding areas of Middlesex County MA. As a result, many people often wonder the differences between the two treatments so Dr. Himelhoch is here to help.

How Do Braces Work?

braces vs. invisalign framingham maTraditional metal braces are composed of stainless steel brackets and archwires. They work by continuously applying pressure to gently shift teeth into their proper alignment over time. Braces are tightened periodically throughout treatment to maintain constant pressure and achieve desired results as prescribed by an orthodontist in Framingham such as Dr. Himelhoch.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign uses a series of clear aligner trays to gradually straighten teeth. Each set of aligners is worn for 2 weeks until it is replaced by the next set in the series. Invisalign Teen works the same as regular Invisalign, except it shows if aligners are being worn as prescribed. This feature was made specifically with the lifestyle of children and teens in mind. During an initial free consultation, Dr. Himelhoch will capture dental impressions digitally to create a custom-designed treatment plan made specifically for your child and their needs.

What Are The Benefits Of Invisalign?

The Invisalign system offers distinct benefits that are unavailable with other forms of treatment.
Invisalign has become a very popular alternative to metal braces due to the unique benefits it offers such as being:

Invisible Clear and undetectable so your orthodontic treatment remains discreet.
Removable Can be taken out whenever necessary to eat, drink, or clean.
No diet limitations Continue enjoying all of your favorite foods throughout your treatment.
No discomfort from brackets or wires Made of smooth, lightweight plastic for maximum comfort.

What Are The Benefits Of Braces?

Braces are the most efficient and reliable method for attaining straight teeth. Although traditional braces offer little aesthetic value, they offer other advantages including:

More effective for complex issues Fixes more severe orthodontic issues that may not be possible with Invisalign treatment.
Less discipline for success Keep your treatment going 24/7, clear aligners requires more discipline for the same results.
No extra cleaning needed Besides routine brushing and flossing.

Choosing Between Invisalign Vs. Braces In Framingham MA

Dr. Himelhoch and our team at Smiles In Framingham are experts in orthodontic care. We are here to answer any questions you may have pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Framingham MA, Southborough MA, Ashland MA, Wayland MA, and surrounding areas of Middlesex County MA. Contact Smiles In Framingham today to schedule a free consultation. Call now (508) 872-0555.

To all my wonderful patients and their families:


The greatest pleasures of my career are watching children grow strong and healthy and seeing smiles become more beautiful. It has been a tremendous privilege to be a part of that growth and transformation. Now, however, it is time for me to slow down and share the care of my patients.


Starting in September 2022, Smiles in Framingham will merge with Moynihan Dental Specialists. I will remain with the practice, but will reduce my hours and give up administrative responsibilities. The wonderful team of people you and I have come to rely on will be staying. They will continue to help care for you. There will also be new faces, new people who will get to know and care for and about you.


Dr. Michael Moynihan is a second generation dentist and orthodontist practicing in Framingham. Dr. Mike, as he is known, is on the faculty of Boston University in the department of orthodontics. We spent two years as teaching partners supervising the Boston University orthodontic residents as they treated special needs children at Franciscan Hospital for Children. It was during that time I came to appreciate both how skilled Dr. Mike is and how much he cares about his patients. I retired from teaching prior to the pandemic, but Dr. Mike still puts much of his time and energy into teaching the next generation of orthodontists.


I met Dr. Daniel Moynihan when he was my student in 2017. Even at that time he was one of my most conscientious students. He cares deeply about all of his patients and I am proud to be associated with him. Dr. Dan is highly skilled with all aspects of orthodontics, including treatment using Invisalign and other aligners.


Dr. Katherine Moynihan and Dr. Christine Chiao are other members of the Moynihan team. Dr. Katherine Moynihan finished her orthodontic training at Boston University in 2021. Dr. Christine Chiao is a pediatric dentist, who also teaches at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine.


Life is an adventure with many chapters, twists, and turns. I enter this chapter of my life looking forward to what comes next and feeling some sadness that this phase of my life is changing. For now, we will be keeping all appointments as scheduled. We will contact you individually about any appointment changes. All orthodontic contracts will be honored with care provided by the orthodontists. I have every confidence that the doctors of Moynihan Dental Specialists will provide you with excellent care for many years to come.


My very best wishes to all of you,


Dr. Deborah Himelhoch