Early Orthodontic Treatment

What age should my child see an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children visit the orthodontist no later than age 7. Orthodontic treatment may not be necessary at this age, but these visits help Dr. Himelhoch detect problems early on. By age 7, the first adult molars have typically grown in. With the growth of these teeth, an orthodontist can begin to evaluate tooth relationships, and identify potential bite problems. Dr. Himelhoch offers top quality orthodontic treatment for children from Framingham, Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, and the surrounding areas.

What are the benefits of early orthodontic visits for young children?

Early intervention, also known as interceptive treatment, helps to guide proper growth and development, preventing more serious problems later on. If orthodontic treatment is not necessary at this early age, continuous monitoring can help determine when the appropriate treatment time may be. Interceptive treatment can help:

  • Reduce the need for tooth removal
  • Reduce treatment time with braces later on
  • Make room for crowded teeth
  • Help influence proper jaw growth

What is a malocclusion?

A variety of conditions fall under the category of malocclusion. At the most basic level, a malocclusion refers to a misalignment between the teeth. Treating a malocclusion is important for a variety of reasons. Correcting common bite problems can help with chewing food, speech, reducing the risk of tooth decay and TMJ, and also improve oral hygiene.

Learn more about common bite problems, and find out how Dr. Himelhoch can help! Schedule a consultation at our Framingham Orthodontist Office today!



Tuesday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday* 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
* Two Saturdays per month

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