Life With Braces


Your orthodontic appliances (braces) represent an investment by you in your future oral health and well-being. The guidelines below were designed to help you have a great smile and speed up the day when your braces come off.


Cooperation is by far the most important factor for a successful result. Poor cooperation can increase the time you spend in treatment and keep you from achieving a great result. In extreme cases lack of cooperation may result in an additional fee. Accordingly, the following guidelines should be observed:

  • Keep appointments promptly.
  • Wear appliances and/or elastics as instructed.
  • Do not pick at or play with the appliances.
  • Avoid chewing gum, candy, and hard or sticky foods. NO BAGELS or RAW CARROTS.
  • Brush teeth regularly and keep teeth spotlessly clean. Use fluoride gel or special fluoride toothpaste daily.
  • Check for loose bands and broken appliances daily and report any problems to the office.
  • Continue to see your dentist on a regular basis for examinations and cleanings.


You will be given wax which should be saved throughout your treatment. Any irritating area can be covered until your lips, tongue and cheeks adjust. If the soreness persists or something is bent or broken, call the office.



Dirty teeth and gums can cause decay, mouth odor , and an unsightly appearance. Although the appliances themselves will not harm teeth, they do tend to collect food. If this food is not removed in a short time, damage to the enamel surface may result , leaving PERMANENT, visible, spots, lines or patches on your teeth.

Do not use mouthwash that contains alcohol. It can damage bracket cement.


Check daily for anything unusual and do NOT play with any part of your appliances with your tongue, fingers, or pencils, etc. If something breaks, bends, does not fit, or is loose, call the office. If any part of your appliance comes off, save the piece in an envelope and remember to bring it with you to the office.



Tuesday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday* 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
* Two Saturdays per month

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