Meet Invisalign, The Top Orthodontic Treatment

Invisalign is rapidly becoming the most desired orthodontic treatment 
near Ashland, MA. Invisalign’s clear, virtually invisible aligners and ability to remove the trays make it much more popular than traditional metal braces which are seen as unattractive by many patients. Luckily, for those prospective orthodontic patients interested in Invisalign, Dr. Deborah Himelhoch of Smiles in Framingham is extremely experienced in providing orthodontic treatment with Invisalign near Ashland, MA. To better understand what makes Invisalign so popular, Dr. Himelhoch and the Smiles in Framingham team have asked a few of our patients what they believe are the top benefits of Invisalign is!

Before diving into the benefits, it is important for you to know exactlywhat Invisalign is. The treatment consists of a series of clear plastic aligners which are created to gradually move your teeth into the desired place in a gentle and virtually invisible manner. Using advanced 3-D technology, Dr. Himelhoch is often able to predetermine your treatment plan and show you the results you will achieve at the end of treatment, before you even begin! Now, here are four benefits of getting Invisalign according to some of our amazing patients at Smiles in Framingham!

1. Virtually Invisible: Because Invisalign is made out of a thermoplastic material, it is almost invisible. One of our friends at Smiles in Framingham says that this appeals to many patients because you will be the only one who knows you have anything in your mouth that is adjusting your teeth and improving your smile. There will also be no uncomfortable and unsightly traditional metal braces on your teeth!

2. Completely Removable: Unlike traditional metal braces which are in your mouth 24/7 during orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is completely removable and can be taken out whenever you want. This means that there are no restrictions on your diet. Patients with traditional metal braces cannot eat foods which are extremely sticky or hard. Those with Invisalign, however, do not have to change their diet because Invisalign aligners need to be taken out every time they eat. It is also easier to brush your teeth and keep your mouth sparkling clean with Invisalign because you can take them out of your mouth and brush your teeth as you would normally without any orthodontic appliances. Although they are removable, that does not mean they can stay out of your mouth for long periods of time. Dr. Himelhoch recommends that Invisalign aligners be in the patient’s mouth for at least 22 hours a day, only being taken out for meals, brushing, and flossing.

3. Faster Treatment Time: Patients with Invisalign usually experience a shorter orthodontic treatment time than those with traditional metal braces. However, each treatment plan depends on the individual patient and how much work they need to have done. Most patients with Invisalign have it for a year or a year and a half while patients with braces usually have them on for a year and a half or two years.

4. Less Pain than Traditional Metal Braces: Patients with Invisalign usually experience a lot less pain than those with traditional metal braces. This is because there is no metal and no possibility of having wires or brackets break and scratch the inside of your mouth. Dr. Himelhoch says the most pain experienced with Invisalign is when aligners are changed every two weeks however, this is only small discomfort and typically disappears after the first 12 hours of changing sets.
Invisalign treatment can help you achieve stunning results through your very own, customized treatment plan. Dr. Deborah Himelhoch and the team can help you to get the straight, confident smile you’ve always hoped for without the pain and hassle of traditional metal braces. For more information about Invisalign or to make an appointment please visit Smiles in Framingham near Ashland, MA or call us today at (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