How Can Orthodontic Treatment Advance My Career?

Lots of studies claim that a hiring manager or human resources representative will make their hiring decision about a candidate within the first few minutes of meeting them (“90 seconds,” “3-to-five minutes,” “instantly” are all the timeframes quoted); that is, before talking to the candidate, learning about them, questioning them, etc. It is simply human nature to react to something by evaluating the visual information we receive. That’s why we sport a clean shirt, spiffy suit, and neat hair when meeting a hiring manager for the first time. But consider the condition of your teeth and/or gums when presenting yourself to a prospective employer as the best you that you can be. We brush, of course, and perhaps pop a breath mint before the meeting, but are these enough? Through orthodontic treatment with Dr. Deborah Himelhoch and the team at Smiles in Framingham near Wayland MA, you can look your best for any interview!

If you’ve been bothered by the alignment or appearance of your teeth sometime in your life, then you know how affecting that can be when you smile. Dr. Deborah Himelhoch says that many people who are uncomfortable with the condition of their teeth suppress the urge to smile big because they are self-conscious about their smile. And if our eyes are the windows to our soul, then our smile is the welcome mat we place at the front door of our personalities.

Get Ready to Work

A clean, straight, bright, and healthy smile is more than just a flash of pearly white when you smile; it’s a first impression that can trigger perceptions in people’s minds about you, your personality, and even your work ethic. As unfair as it may seem, your personal presentation, including your smile, is an indication, at least to a hiring manager, of your management abilities (do you have a conscientious attention to detail?), your resourcefulness (do you always appear ready for action?), your consistency (is there evidence of good regular habits and a control of your environment?), and your self-interest (is this someone who takes care of important issues before they become chronic problems?).

Take Control of Your Future

Besides getting your suit cleaned, your hair cut, and your resume up to date, you may also need to consider how your smile will appear when you present yourself to an interviewing employer. If you feel timid about your smile or if you’re self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment. Beyond getting straighter teeth, orthodontics may treat any dysfunction of your teeth and jaw that may be affecting your speech. Orthodontics can align your smile, straighten your teeth, improve your mouth function, and remove a social barrier (smiling big, freely, and openly) that you may have endured for too long.

Choose Your Path

There are a variety of orthodontic treatments near Wayland MA that fit the lifestyles and careers of all types of folks. Dr. Deborah Himelhoch says that Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are two of the most popular treatments. Clear plastic aligner trays are used to exert a gentle pressure to straighten teeth. Ceramic braces are available that mimic the shade of your tooth enamel to make them less noticeable, and lingual braces are braces that are affixed to the back surfaces of the teeth thus making them practically invisible to the casual observer. So if you’re ready to schedule your orthodontic consultation with Dr. Deborah Himelhoch and the Smiles in Framingham team, feel free to call 508-872-0555. This investment in your appearance may pay for itself after your first successful job interview!

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