Do You Need a Mouthguard?

Recently Celtics basketball star, Isaiah Thomas, suffered a nasty injury to his front teeth during a play. This made me think about dental injuries and what can be done to prevent them. While not every injury can be prevented, a mouth guard can minimize the damage.

There are three basic types of mouth guards:

•Mouth-formed mouth guards: These are often referred to as “boil and bite” guards. This type of mouth guard should not be used while undergoing orthodontic treatment because they can damage the braces and interfere with the tooth movement.

•Ready to wear mouth guards: This includes some mouth guards that are appropriate for wear with braces and some that are not.

•Custom mouth guards: These are made by your dentist for the best custom fit and are similar to those used by professional athletes.

When purchasing a mouth guard, look for a product that is free of sharp or jagged edges. An orthodontic mouth guard should be flexible enough on the inside to accommodate a changing smile. Mouth guards also come in many styles and price ranges.

So who needs a mouth guard?

The answer is anyone who plays a sport where there is a chance of physical contact. This includes the sports most of us think of like football, hockey, and lacrosse. It also includes sports like softball, baseball, soccer, wrestling and basketball. Finally, don’t forget to wear your mouth guard during practice. Accidents don’t just happen during the game.

Play well and play safe!

-Dr. Deborah Himelhoch

Dr. Deborah Himelhoch and the team at Smiles in Framingham are the experts when it comes to knowing whether or not her patients need a mouth guard and what type they should have. If you have questions about mouth guards, orthodontics or pediatric dentistry and live in or work near Framingham MA, Southborough MA, Wayland MA and Ashland MA contact Dr. Himelhoch of Smiles in Framingham 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