How do I Know if I Chose the Right Orthodontist?

If you’re seeking an orthodontist for yourself or your child, then don’t make a commitment too quickly. There are a ton of orthodontists near Wayland to choose from. With so many choices, how do you decide which orthodontist office to pick? Some prefer to use a specific treatment plan as opposed to a different one, and some may charge more than others. Getting braces means making a big commitment to one orthodontist for multiple years, so don’t be afraid to search around for the one that meets your criteria. Here is a quick guide on how to choose the right orthodontist.

The first step is to ask around. Someone who would be able to point you in the right direction is your family dentist. Usually they are pretty knowledgeable in regard to the other dentists or orthodontists in your area. If you think that you still want to expand your options, you can always ask friends or family if they know about a good practice that they might’ve used for their treatment. Once you’ve considered your options and have narrowed it down to a few practices, you should call to ask a few questions. Their answers will be helpful in determining if their practice is right for you.

There are several questions that you should ask your candidates:

  • How many orthodontists work in your office?
  • What are the possibilities of orthodontic treatment?
  • What treatment options do you offer?
  • How often will visits take place?
  • How long will treatment last?
  • What are your office hours? (Many orthodontists have limited hours, meaning that working parents may have to take time off, or kids will have to be taken out of school.)
  • How long have you been in practice?
  • What is the cost of treatment, and how do you determine the cost?
  • What insurance plans do you accept?
  • Do you offer a free consultation?
  • Can you provide references from current or past patients?
  • Is the orthodontist using the most recent technology in their office?

Secondly, in addition to interviewing the orthodontist, make sure that you pay attention to the office around you. Are the office staff and hygienists friendly? Is the office staff nice? Are they flexible to work with? You should also find out about the orthodontist and office’s accessibility for advice or emergencies.

Learn about the different types of braces and treatment options available. Metal braces are the traditional and most common option. They are most popular with kids under 12. Ceramic braces are clear or tooth-colored and are usually self-ligating. They work the same as metal braces, but have much less visibility, making them more popular with adults. However, they cost slightly more than . Clear aligner systems like Invisalign are made of smooth plastic, are virtually invisible, and can be taken out to eat, brush, and floss. One big advantage to aligners is that they are now practically the same cost as . However, they are only used in treatment for teens and adults.

We hope this guide has helped you understand orthodontics a bit more. Whether you are an adult looking to straighten your teeth, or a parent searching for an orthodontist for your children, Dr. Himelhoch would love to help! Smiles in Framingham has been providing quality orthodontic treatment to children and adults from Wayland and surrounding towns. Schedule your free consultation, call 508-872-0555 today.

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