My Orthodontist Mentioned Ceramic Braces…What Are They?

Finally, not all braces are associated with bulky metal smiles and awkward teenage years. Now, you can straighten your teeth with comfortable, clear ceramic braces. Ceramic braces are the perfect alternative to metal braces for adult patients and teens looking to get straighter teeth without attracting tons of attention. Dr. Deborah Himelhoch of Smiles in Framingham is here to explain what ceramic braces are so that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not ceramic braces near Hopkinton, MA are the right orthodontic treatment for you.

What are ceramic braces?

Ceramic braces, also sometimes referred to as clear braces, are braces which are made of a clear, ceramic material. This material is used because it is supposed to match the color of your teeth to make it look like nothing is there. They are attached to the front of the teeth the same way as traditional metal braces; each bracket is connected to a tooth and connected to the other braces by a wire which is continually tightened to receive the desired results. However, one major difference between ceramic braces and traditional metal braces is that because of their material, ceramic braces are more fragile and do require a bit more care. Ceramic braces are different from Invisalign because Invisalign is removable while ceramic braces are permanent in your mouth for the length of your treatment, unless otherwise noted by Dr. Himelhoch.

What are the advantages of ceramic braces?

Ceramic braces offer many advantages over other orthodontic systems. First, they provide a virtually invisible way to correct all kinds of cases from overbites to crooked teeth. This specific treatment has more advantages than Invisalign because Invisalign, while clear as well, can only treat specific, less severe cases. Additionally, Invisalign aligners are removable and therefore more prone to being lost or misplaced. Ceramic braces, however, are permanent and therefore cannot be lost. Finally, another advantage to ceramic braces is their material. Because they are made out of ceramic and not metal, there is no metal to cause painful poking and prodding.

How much do ceramic braces cost?

Ceramic braces range in price. Dr. Himelhoch works with each patient individually to create a customized orthodontic treatment plan that will work with the patient’s needs. Generally speaking, ceramic braces cost around the same as traditional metal braces. If cost is an issue, Dr. Himelhoch and the team at Smiles in Framingham can work out a plan so that you receive the perfect smile at the end of your treatment. What about insurance? Smiles in Framingham takes a number of insurance plans as well as a number of different orthodontic treatment payment options.

Ceramic braces are a perfect alternative for those who want traditional metal braces without the bulky metal. Dr. Himelhoch of Smiles in Framingham near Hopkinton, MA wants to make sure that you receive the smile you’ve always dreamed of. For more information about ceramic braces or to schedule a free consultation, call 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