Mouthwash Tips for Kids

In this post, we’ll look at mouthwash tips for kids. In our previous post, we looked at teeth brushing tips for kids.

Smiles in Framingham provides the best pediatric dental services in Framingham in the surrounding areas. Dr. Deborah A. Himelhoch, DDS MS, MMSc, is a board-certified orthodontist with over 37 years of experience. She’s a board-certified orthodontist and also board-certified in pediatric dentistry. Thus, the whole family can enjoy top-quality award-winning care in our family-friendly, comfortable office.

From the time the first tooth arrives, it’s time to start caring for them. Therefore, plan on bringing your child to the dentist before their first birthday. Doing so will help lead to a lifetime of good habits, better health, and beautiful smiles.

Mouthwash Designed for Kids

As with toothbrushes, there are also mouthwash products designed just for kids. The colorful graphics, cartoons, and colors keep kids interested and make it fun. However, mouthwash isn’t generally recommended for kids younger than age six. Otherwise, they may swallow it, which can be a problem.

Before using mouthwash, it’s a good idea to consult with your pediatric dentist. Dr. Himelhoch and our staff will be happy to help.

Fluoride and Fluorosis

Until the age of around six, kids are likely to swallow toothpaste or mouthwash. Thus, use only a tiny amount of toothpaste for kids and always with parental supervision. Notably, this begins when the first teeth emerge. Generally, kids older than six will have no problems spitting out the toothpaste. At the age of six, you can generally introduce mouthwash with close supervision.

Although fluoride is highly effective in preventing tooth decay, swallowing can be a problem for kids during the teeth-forming years. During this time, swallowing fluoride can cause dental fluorosis and damage to tooth enamel. 

If young kids regularly consume fluoride, white or brown spots can appear on their teeth. These spots are unsightly but harmless.

In severe and moderate cases, the tooth enamel can be noticeably spotted or pitted, but this is rare. 

See more information about fluorosis from Delta Dental below:

Teaching Kids to Spit Out Mouthwash

Around age six, it’s time to teach kids about mouthwash and how to spit it out. Often, it can be tempting to swallow it, so it’s essential they learn not to. To start, try asking your child to rinse with water and spit it out in the sink. Once you’re confident they can do this, introduce a mouthwash designed for kids. 

Until age twelve, adults should supervise kids when they use mouthwash. 

Making it a Game

As with brushing teeth, it’s good to make the daily routine fun to encourage kids. Colgate recommends using a stopwatch and timing kids for a minute while they swish around the mouthwash without swallowing. Then, yell, “Go!” or “Spit!” when it’s time to spit it out. 

The mouthwash game can be the final part of the daily routine after brushing and flossing.

Enhance Brushing and Flossing

When teaching kids age six and older about mouthwash, be sure they know it’s no substitute for brushing and flossing. However, a fluoride mouthwash can freshen breath, help prevent cavities, and reach areas they might have missed. 

For older kids with braces, mouthwash can be particularly valuable. During this time, it’s harder to clean thoroughly around teeth. So, mouthwash can help reach areas difficult to get to and loosen particles of food.

We hope these mouthwash tips for kids have been helpful. 

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What’s the Difference Between a Pediatric Dentist and a Regular Dentist?

What’s the difference between a pediatric dentist and a regular dentist? 

Like a pediatrician, a pediatric dentist specializes in the special needs of kids. Following dental school, they receive two to three years of extra specialized training, working with kids, and their unique needs. During this time, they learn the best methods of care for:

  • infants
  • children
  • teens
  • children with special needs

 

Also, your pediatric dentist can handle all dental care for kids, from routine to emergencies. Often, they work closely with pediatricians and general dentists who may refer patients to them.

Sometimes, a general dentist is comfortable working with small kids. However, a pediatric dentist is uniquely qualified to handle their unique needs, including behavioral challenges and childhood stages.

From Birth to Teens into Adulthood

From the time kids are born to the time they leave for college, a pediatric dentist continues to provide care. Sometimes, kids with special needs may continue to benefit from seeing a pediatric dentist as they become adults. The doctor knows their unique medical history and can provide the ongoing specialized treatment they require.

At Smiles in Framingham, we are unique in that Dr. Deborah A. Himelhoch, DDS MS, MMSc, is board-certified with over 37 years of experience as a pediatric dentist and orthodontist. Thus, your whole family can enjoy the best care in one family-friendly, comfortable location.

Making Your First Experiences The Best Possible

Often, kids can be nervous about dental care. By choosing a pediatric dentist, you choose an expert on making the experience a positive one. Pediatric dentists know how to work with kids in a reassuring, positive, and calming manner. Should a problem arise, they are uniquely skilled at how to resolve issues quickly.

At Smiles in Framingham, your first experiences at the dentist can go smoothly. Rather than something to be anxious about, your visit can be educational, rewarding, and even fun. Dr. Himelhoch and our caring, experienced team focus on making your experience the best possible in an environment designed with kids in mind.

As we know, good first impressions are critical. By choosing a pediatric dentist, you can get off to the best possible start.

Creating a Foundation of Better Oral Health for Life

As kids lose their baby teeth and their permanent teeth come in, it’s essential to get off to the best start. Your pediatric dentist can ensure oral health is optimal and prevent problems before they can start. Thus, your child can get the best chance for a lifetime of better health and beautiful smiles.

From the age of one, a pediatric dentist can help your child avoid cavities, gum disease, and a wide range of oral health issues. By scheduling your first appointment around the first birthday, you can avoid problems. As you continue to schedule checkups, you encourage better habits that can lead to adulthood.

At Smiles in Framingham, we always focus on making sure your visits are positive, educational, and comfortable experiences. Thus, rather than dreading a visit to the dentist, it becomes something to be proud of as you take care of your family. That’s one reason why we often see multiple generations of families in the Framingham area.

See more in our recent blogs: Teeth Brushing Tips for Kids and Kids’ Dental Care During Covid-19.

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Teeth Brushing Tips for Kids

In this post, we’ll look at teeth brushing tips for kids.

Smiles in Framingham provides the best pediatric dental services in Framingham in the surrounding areas. Dr. Deborah A. Himelhoch, DDS MS, MMSc, is a board-certified orthodontist with over 37 years of experience. She’s a board-certified orthodontist and also board-certified in pediatric dentistry. Thus, the whole family can enjoy top-quality award-winning care in our family-friendly, comfortable office.

From the time the first tooth arrives, it’s time to start caring for them. Therefore, plan on bringing your child to the dentist before their first birthday. Doing so will help lead to a lifetime of good habits, better health, and beautiful smiles.

Dental Care Begins Before the First Tooth

Even before the first tooth emerges, it’s a good practice to wipe down the baby’s gums. We recommend using a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water to wipe down the mouth daily. Bacteria builds up on their gums and can be wiped away to keep them clean.

By getting your baby used to daily cleanings, it paves the way for introducing them to brushing.

See more in the video below:

After the First Tooth: Teeth Brushing Tips for Kids

 When the first tooth emerges, it’s time to begin using a tiny amount of toothpaste. But how much? For kids younger than age three, use a dollop of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. Since babies can’t spit out the toothpaste, you can have them tilt their heads, so the paste dribbles into the sink, a cup, or washcloth.

By the age of three to six, you can increase the amount to the size of a pea. When older, kids learn to hold a kid-size brush and spit out the toothpaste. 

To make the process more fun, kids can pick out a brush that has their favorite colors or character on them. To make sure they’re safe, look for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal and soft bristles. Also, kids’ toothpaste comes in a wide variety and can keep kids interested in brushing.

 Until around the age of six, parents generally need to do the brushing. By that age, kids are ready to do it independently, using the right amount of toothpaste and spitting it out.

Brush Two Times a Day for Two Minutes

The ADA recommends getting in the habit of brushing twice daily for two minutes. Also, they suggest setting a timer and playing a child’s favorite music. Or, you can use counting as a game as you complete two minutes of brushing. After brushing, check out their teeth and make any touch-ups needed.

By making it a game, the experience becomes more fun. As an additional incentive, you can create a reward chart and place a star on it when kids complete brushing. When a child completes a week with all the stars fill in, offer praise for a job well done! 

As they brush, teach them why brushing can help their smiles remain healthy and happy.

See more about what to expect at your child’s first dental visit here. We look forward to helping you keep your family healthy and happy, with a lifetime of smiles!

How to Brush Teeth

To properly brush, the ADA suggests holding the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Then, gently brush back and forth in short strokes. After brushing the outer surfaces, move to the inner teeth and the tops of the teeth.

To reach the inside surfaces, you may tilt the brush vertically and make up and down strokes. See how it’s done in the video below.

See more in the video from the American Dental Association below:

See more about caring for kids’ dental care during Covid-19 in our recent blog. To learn more about the steps we’re taking to keep everyone safe, please see our recent post here. 

Contact us here to schedule a visit.

Call us anytime at 508-872-0555. 

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for the latest content and updates.

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Braces Options in Framingham MA

Are you searching for braces option in Framingham, MA? If so, you have access to a board-certified orthodontist with over 37 years of experience. 

Dr. Deborah A. Himelhoch, DDS MS, MMSc, is board certified as an orthodontist and pediatric dentistry. Therefore, patients of all ages get the best custom treatment and results. 

Keep in mind; most orthodontists are not board-certified. Also, finding an orthodontist with so much experience is uncommon. Even better, Dr. Himelhoch and the team get rave reviews from our patients! So much so, our patients voted Smiles in Framingham Best Orthodontist for a full decade.

For these reasons and much more, Smiles in Framingham is an ideal choice for all orthodontic treatment.

The Best Braces Options in Framingham MA

At Smiles in Framingham, you get a wide variety of choices in modern braces, aligners, and the latest technology.

With options like 3M Clarity Ultra Self Ligating braces, you can get results faster and more comfortably. Plus, treatment is more discreet, rivaling clear aligners like Invisalign. 

Today, the ‘metal mouth’ look of braces is a thing of the past. Instead, many people love having colorful braces, with options for your favorite colors, from Metallic Purple to Screaming Pink. The choice is up to you and your unique style.

You can see Dr. Himelhoch explain the differences between braces and Invisalign below:

Orthodontic Treatment Can Change Your Life

If you’re considering braces option in Framingham, MA, it’s never been safer or easier to get started from home. Take a free virtual consultation here. It’s quick and easy with no obligation to start until you’re ready.

Find out if you’re a candidate for Invisalign or braces, and learn how long treatment would take. Plus, get answers to any questions you may have.

Before any treatment begins, you’ll still need to schedule your first in-person visit. Then, we’ll discuss all the best treatment options and affordable payment plans. Thus, nothing is holding you back from the smile of your dreams.

By seeking treatment, you can avoid serious oral health concerns. Following braces or Invisalign, you can show off a spectacular smile, leading to more confidence and often greater success. Therefore, getting started at Smiles in Framingham could be a life changer!

Call us anytime at 508-872-0555. We look forward to showing you why we’re the best choice for braces option in Framingham, MA.

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Currently, we’re taking many extra steps to keep everyone safe. See more here.

Dr. Himelhoch is trained and experienced in providing care for both pediatric and adult orthodontic problems to the residents of Framingham, MA. Also, we’re proud to serve Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and the surrounding areas.

 

Should I Delay My Child’s Dental Care Due to Covid-19?

Should I delay my child’s Dental Care Due to Covid-19? It’s an important question, so we’d like to offer an answer. In light of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) interim guidance about “routine” dental care, there has been some confusion. So, we’ll discuss what’s going on for dental professionals in Massachusetts.

First, we want you to know that all healthcare professionals are following the strictest safety protocols today. Also, routine dental care is essential for your ongoing health. Additionally, new research suggests that dental care to treat gum disease could help lower your risk, not only from COVID-19 but from a wide range of health issues. 

The American Dental Association: Dentistry is Essential Care

On August 12, 2020, the American Dental Association. (ADA) issued a statement affirming that routine dental care is integral to overall health.

“Oral health is integral to overall health. Dentistry is essential health care,” ADA President Chad P. Gehani said. “Dentistry is essential health care because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing, or treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health.”

 

Earlier in March, the ADA called for delaying all but urgent and emergency care. Then, the ADA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued interim guidance introducing strict safety protocols. This includes things like PPE equipment like masks and face shields. Moreover, it goes much further to include things like reconfigured spaces and patient intake procedures.

Now, Dr. Gehani is calling for care to continue:

“Millions of patients have safely visited their dentists in the past few months for the full range of dental services,” Dr. Gehani said. “With appropriate PPE, dental care should continue to be delivered during global pandemics or other disaster situations.”

 

Thus the ADA and CDC interim guidances override the WHO guidance to delay preventative health care.

If you have concerns you can also start a free virtual consultation without leaving home.

The Massachusetts Dental Society: Routine Care is Safe

On August 13, 2020, the Massachusetts Dental Society(MDS) also issued a statement about the WHO’s guidance for Massachusetts.

“The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) wants to clarify that this WHO guidance is NOT applicable to Massachusetts. Residents in cities and towns across Massachusetts, in line with recommendations from state and local officials, remain able to safely receive routine, emergency, or likely to become emergent oral health services.”

 

Before the pandemic, dentists and orthodontists were already practicing strict hygiene protocols. Now, increased infection control protocols and monitoring public health data are the “new normal.”

So, we’re here for routine dental care and taking every precaution to keep you and our staff safe. Since routine care protects your overall health, we don’t recommend putting off important care at this time.

Smiles in Framingham is Keeping Everyone Safe

To learn more about the steps we’re taking to keep everyone safe, please see our recent post here. 

Contact us here to schedule a visit.

Call us anytime at 508-872-0555

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for the latest content and updates.

Dr. Himelhoch is trained and experienced in providing care for both pediatric and adult orthodontic problems to the residents of Framingham, MA. Also, we’re proud to serve Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and the surrounding areas.

Below, see a video explaining new protocols from Dr. Deborah A. Himelhoch, DDS MS, MMSc, board-certified orthodontist with over 37 years of experience.

Best Orthodontist in Framingham

Are you looking for the best orthodontist in Framingham? Then, check out Smiles in Framingham.  

When it comes to choosing an orthodontist, you want the most experienced doctor. Then, you’ll be sure to get the best custom treatment plan and results. Most likely, you’ll visit your orthodontist over months or years as you perfect your smile. So, they also need to be someone that makes you feel comfortable.

Dr. Deborah A. Himelhoch, DDS MS, MMSc, is a board-certified orthodontist with over 37 years of experience. Always, she stays up-to-date on the latest technologies. So, you get results faster and more comfortably than ever before.

The Best Care for Kids and Adults of All Ages

Dr. Himelhoch provides the highest level of care for both kids and adults. She’s a board-certified orthodontist and also board-certified in pediatric dentistry. Achieving board certification from the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) is a voluntary, rigorous process. Notably, most orthodontists are not board-certified. However, board certification helps you know you’re choosing the best orthodontist possible for care.

At Smiles in Framingham, you can be sure everyone in the family will get exceptional care.

Voted Best Orthodontist in Framingham for a Decade!

Our patients have voted us the Best Orthodontist in Framingham for year after year. In 2019, we received this high honor for the 10th year in a row! We’re proud of this recognition from our patients over a decade of creating beautiful smiles.

Also, check out our 5-star reviews to see why people love coming to Smiles in Framingham. Often, we see many generations of families who visit us from the surrounding areas from:

  • Framingham 
  • Southborough
  • Ashland
  • Wayland
  • Natick
  • Marlborough
  • Hopkinton
  • Holliston

A Talented Winning Team

Along with Dr. Himelhoch, our talented team is dedicated to providing everyone with the best possible experience. Many of our team have been with the practice for over 20 years. Combined, the total experience of our team is truly incredible.

So, you can expect the best care from our Dental Assistants, Hygienists, and Office Manager, Janet. Thus, we ensure your visits go smoothly and help with affordable financing and insurance paperwork.

Get Started from Home

Today, you can get started with orthodontic care from home. We’re happy to offer free virtual consultations. It’s easy, and you can get answers to important questions as you consider treatment.

Click here to get started with your free virtual consultation.

See more about virtual consults here.

Call us anytime at 508-872-0555. We look forward to showing you why we’re the best orthodontist in Framingham.

Can Invisalign Fix My Gap Teeth?

Are you wondering, “Can Invisalign fix my gap teeth?” The short answer is: Yes! However, to be sure, you’ll need to have your smile assessed by an experienced orthodontist. 

In many cases, Invisalign is a convenient, affordable, and effective way to get a perfect smile for life. Plus, with the latest technology, treatment time is often much faster than in the past!

Find Out from Home

Today, it’s easier than ever to find out if you’re a potential candidate for Invisalign. Without leaving home, you can take a free virtual consultation with Smiles in Framingham. 

After taking some pictures of your smile, Dr. Himelhoch, a board-certified orthodontist with over 37 years of practice, will assess them. Then, you can find out if you appear to be a candidate for Invisalign, or if another treatment such as modern braces may work better for your unique smile. 

At Smiles in Framingham, our goal is to offer the best treatment possible. So, the result is a lifetime of beautiful smiles. Plus, you will often enjoy many important health benefits too!

Click here to get started with your free virtual consultation.

Improve Oral Health and Smile More than Ever!

If you’re searching for information on this topic, it might mean the gap between your teeth, called a diastema, is of concern. Sometimes, the extra spacing between teeth can be merely a cosmetic issue. However, food can also get stuck in the open areas, leading to more serious health concerns.

Sometimes, gap teeth can be related to advanced gum disease. Since it can be harder to clean the teeth, there can be resultant tooth decay, and sometimes tooth loss. From there, your oral health can worsen over time. However, it is also often the case that a diastema is merely a cosmetic issue.

Get a free consultation with Dr. Himelhoch to learn more about your unique teeth. Then, you learn if Invisalign will benefit you. Plus, you can find out about affordable treatment options, how long treatment will take, and get all the answers you need. Then, you’ll be ready to get the perfect smile you always wanted!

Related: See our recent blog post about Invisalign treatment for an overbite.

Invisalign for Adults and Teens

Clear aligners are popular with teenagers who want to avoid the look of braces. However, Invisalign is also more and more popular with adults. The convenience and discreet appearance are a big plus for everyone. As you may know, you can take out the aligners easily to eat, drink, brush, and floss your teeth. 

When you choose us, you receive the best custom treatment plan. And, we offer the best care for patients of all ages. As always, we strive to provide the best experience possible in our welcoming, comfortable Framingham office.

Get started with your free virtual consultation here. It’s quick and easy with no obligation. Or contact us here to schedule a free in-office visit. Currently, we’re taking extra steps to keep everyone safe as we gradually reopen due to Covid-19. See more here.

Call us anytime at 508-872-0555. We look forward to seeing your smile! 

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for the latest content and updates.

Dr. Himelhoch is trained and experienced in providing care for both pediatric and adult orthodontic problems to the residents of Framingham, MA. Also, we’re proud to serve Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and the surrounding areas.

Can Invisalign Fix My Overbite?

Are you wondering, “Can Invisalign can fix my overbite?” The short answer: Yes! However, to be sure, you can easily get the answers you need with a free virtual consultation from home. 

Take a Free Virtual Consultation for Invisalign

With a free virtual consultation, it’s never been easier to find out if you might be a good candidate for Invisalign or braces. All you have to do is fill in the form and submit five pictures of your teeth with a digital camera, webcam, or your smartphone. Don’t worry; there are easy instructions in the video to guide you along the way.

Once you submit your information, Dr. Deborah A. Himelhoch, DDS MS, MMSc, will review it and contact you with your free smile assessment. Then, you will have a clear idea if you are a potential candidate for Invisalign.

Also, you’ll find out how long treatment may take as well as affordable payment plan options. Plus, you can get answers to any other questions you may have as you plan for a better future with more smiles.

Get started on your free virtual consultation here.

Why Treat an Overbite? 

An overbite is a common problem affecting the majority of people. While many cases are minor, in some cases, an overbite could cause serious health problems.

Consider the following issues sometimes caused by an overbite:

  • Trouble chewing food properly
  • Damage to the teeth and gums
  • Painful chewing or biting
  • Breathing issues
  • Speech impediments
  • Change to a person’s appearance

As you can see, it is often necessary to treat an overbite. Not only can treatment help cosmetic issues, but more importantly, you could enjoy long-term health benefits.

Choose a Board Certified Orthodontist

Dr. Himelhock is a board-certified orthodontist serving Framingham, MA, Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and the surrounding areas. By choosing a board-certified orthodontist, you can be sure your doctor is dedicated to the highest quality care for patients.

Dr. Himelhock is trained and board-certified in both pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. Thus, patients of all ages get the best care with an expert understanding of your unique care needs. It’s never too late to get the treatment you need to have a perfect smile for life!

With over 37 years of practice, Dr. Himelhock provides unsurpassed care with custom treatment plans using the latest technologies. Thus, you can enjoy shorter treatment times, which means fewer appointments while still getting the best results.

Click here to get started with your free virtual consultation.

Call us anytime at 508-872-0555. We look forward to seeing you smile! 

Dr. Himelhoch is trained and experienced in providing care for both pediatric and adult orthodontic problems to the residents of Framingham, Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and the surrounding areas.

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How To Avoid a Broken Retainer

In this post, we’ll look at how to avoid a broken retainer. It’s worth taking care of your retainers for many reasons. 

First, when you think of a retainer, think that it retains your perfect smile. So, if you break it, you’ll need to replace it right away, or your teeth could move out of alignment. Plus, replacing the device is expensive and you will need to come in to have new impressions made of your teeth. 

More importantly, you don’t want to lose the progress you’ve made wearing braces or aligners. Although it might not be much to look at, your retainer helps you keep your beautiful smile for a lifetime. Pretty remarkable, right?

Fortunately, there are some easy ways to avoid a broken retainer.

How to Avoid a Broken Retainer with the Right Habits

Even for the best of us, it’s easy to lose track of a removable retainer if you start with bad habits. Unfortunately, these habits are easy to fall into and will result in losing or breaking the device.

For example, you might take out your retainer and put it in a napkin beside you when you are eating. Too quickly, you can see how you might forget that it’s there and walk away without it. And, you might throw it away by accident. 

The Right Habits

Instead, keep your retainer in its case and always put the case where you know you’ll remember it every time. Also, write your phone number and your name on the case – just in case.

Choose one place, like a purse, or a backpack, wherever you are sure to take it with you when you leave. It might be a good idea to invest in a small waist bag/ fanny pack for the sole purpose of holding your retainer.

After you decide on the best place for you, do the same thing every time. Then, you’ll never lose or end up breaking your retainer.

Of course, the easiest way not to lose your retainer is to keep it in your mouth, except when you are eating, brushing your teeth. So, if you don’t have a safe place to put your retainer, you might be better off eating with it in your mouth. Just avoid hard and sticky foods, and never chew gum.

Lastly, you’ll need to store your retainer in its case if you play sports or spend time on the water, swimming, boating, or skiing. In this case, you may need to get a family member to keep your case for you or put it in a locker.

The Wrong Habits

Some might choose to put their retainers in their pocket, but this could be a bad idea. You might forget it’s there, and the retainer ends up melting in the clothes dryer. 

Another common choice is leaving your retainer in the car. Unfortunately, the heat inside the vehicle can distort your retainer, just like washing it in hot water.

Another tip: Watch out for cats and dogs. If you leave your case where they can get to it, your pets might think you left them a new chew toy! 

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Your Smile is Worth It

A retainer plays a big role in helping you keep your perfect smile. So, it’s worth getting in the right habits to protect it. Your smile is worth it.

For more information about taking care of your retainer, see our instructions for removable retainers. There, we provide instructions for clear retainers as well as Vivera retainers. Plus, there’s a helpful video for tips on cleaning bonded retainers.

For more questions, send us a message on our contact page. Or call us anytime at 508-872-0555

Smiles in Framingham is the office of Dr. Deborah Himelhoch. We provide quality pediatric dentistry and orthodontics for infants, children, adolescents, and adults throughout Framingham, Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and surrounding towns.

 

 

 

Virtual Consultations for Braces/Invisalign

As we spend more time at home and online, Smiles in Framingham is here for you with virtual consultations for braces/Invisalign. Without leaving the comfort of home, you can get started with plans for a future with more smiles.

Get valuable information you need, answering questions such as:

  1. Could I be a candidate for Invisalign?
  2. Will braces work better for me?
  3. How long will treatment generally take?
  4. Will the treatment be affordable?
  5. What else can I expect?

Once you have answers to questions like these, you’ll be well-informed and ready to pursue treatment in person when you’re ready. Then, your first visit will be a breeze, as you will generally know what to expect on day one. 

As most people are staying at home and surfing the internet, it’s the perfect time to plan for a better future. With orthodontic treatment, you can get the perfect smile you always wanted. However, you’ll also enjoy long-term health benefits. Thus, pursuing braces or Invisalign can be life-changing, improving your health, confidence, and self-esteem.

Free Virtual Consultations Are Easy!

Smiles in Framingham provide the best orthodontic care for people of all ages. Watch the short video that will instruct you on taking some pictures of your smile with a smartphone, digital camera, or webcam (A smartphone may be the easiest.).

When you submit your information and pictures, our board-certified orthodontist, Doctor Deborah A. Himelhoch, DDS MS, MMSc, will carefully review the information. Then, she’ll be able to suggest preliminary treatment options until she can see you for a thorough in-office exam.

Just click here to get started with your free virtual consultation.

The Latest Technology For the Best Treatment

At Smiles in Framingham, we offer the latest techniques using the best of modern technology. Thus, you can expect a more efficient, comfortable treatment and results. Importantly, the technology we offer can shorten treatment times, meaning fewer appointments while still getting the best results.

Always, we provide personal attention and care to each patient in our friendly, modern office. Our patient testimonials reflect our professional team’s dedication to providing the best experience to everyone. For examples of the amazing results you can expect, see our Smile Gallery. Also, check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for the latest news and updates.

Smiles in Framingham treats patients of all ages in Framingham, Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and surrounding areas.

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Call us anytime at 508-872-0555. We look forward to seeing you smile! 

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Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday* 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
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