How Does Orthodontics Work?

Orthodontics can seem extremely complicated or even overwhelming for some patients near Natick. But Smiles in Framingham Orthodontics believes our patients should feel at ease throughout the entire treatment process. That is why we have created this cheat sheet that answers all your questions about orthodontics near Natick, before you ask them:

  • At what age should my child or I seek orthodontic treatment? Dr. Deborah Himelhoch says that the answer to this is that there is no right answer – every individual is different, so his or her mouth will be ready for orthodontic treatment near Natick at different times as well. Smiles in Framingham Orthodontics does however suggest bringing in your child around age 7, when the teeth are starting to fully come in and protrude. This will allow Dr. Deborah Himelhoch and the team at Smiles in Framingham Orthodontics to stay on top of any problems before they become big issues! Additionally, Smiles in Framingham Orthodontics specializes in providing treatment to both children and adults, so there is no age limit. Stop by our office near Natick whenever you are ready to reinvent your smile.
  • How do I know which kind of braces are right for me? The answer to this is simple – you don’t have to know! When you come to our orthodontics office near Natick for an appointment, Dr. Deborah Himelhoch and the Smiles in Framingham Orthodontics team will examine your mouth and evaluate what will need to be done in terms of length and complexity of the orthodontic treatment. Then, Dr. Deborah Himelhoch will work with you to decide which kind of braces best suits your lifestyle. So don’t worry, Smiles in Framingham Orthodontics will help figure out what is right for you, and will give you the proper guidance for your orthodontics near Natick.
  • Can I just get Invisalign from my dentist? Recently, many dentists near Natick have started to offer Invisalign treatment systems. While this may seem like a more convenient option, in the long run it is a much better idea to get Invisalign from Smiles in Framingham Orthodontics. Dr. Deborah Himelhoch are certified orthodontist, which means straightening and realigning teeth is their specific specialty. Unlike a dentist, Dr. Deborah Himelhoch has seen many cases, and treated all kinds of patients with Invisalign, as well as other systems. This experience allows for better accuracy and more pristine results. Plus, the Smiles in Framingham Orthodontics staff is here to help you integrate the Invisalign system into your lifestyle, and make your orthodontics near Natick as enjoyable as possible.

Have more questions? Want to learn more about orthodontics? Just want to get started? Smiles in Framingham Orthodontics near Natick is happy to help. Contact us or set up an appointment for more information by calling us at 508-872-0555. We look forward to helping you pave the way to a better and brighter smile!

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