The Best Easter Treats for People with Braces

If you’re worried that you won’t be able to enjoy your favorite candies and treats this Easter, then fear not! There are several of your favorite treats and more that you can have with your braces, and won’t provide much harm as long as you do some major cleaning afterwards. Our guests today have years of experience, and are experts in their field. Dr. Deborah Himelhoch and the professional staff at Smiles in Framingham are here today to explain what you can and can’t have in order to make your Easter in Framingham a great one!


Dr. Deborah Himelhoch says that chocolate is perfectly safe to eat with braces. Anything without hard nuts or sticky caramel should be just fine for you to enjoy. Some examples are M&Ms, chocolate Easter bunnies (hollow or solid), Hershey’s chocolate bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, or York Peppermint Patties. Just remember to brush and clean your teeth afterwards as so not to hinder your orthodontic progress!


Nothing’s better for your overall health than a serving of fruit! Any soft fruits like bananas, peeled oranges, raspberries, or blueberries make a great snack and taste great. One of our friends at Smiles in Framingham says that a great way to eat fruit is in an Easter smoothie! Blending up a smoothie with some vanilla ice cream, blueberries, bananas, and milk will not only be a healthy alternative, but is fun to make with a little help from your kids!

Baked Goods

Cupcakes, cookies, and brownies are just plain delicious, easy to bake, and are loved by everybody. Dr. Deborah Himelhoch say that it’s great to decorate any baked goods with your kids, or try a reduced sugar or sugar free recipe! Just be sure not to use nuts in your treats, as they are surprisingly hard and can break braces.


Instead of candy, there are lots of other things to place in Easter baskets that can make Easter morning just as special and fun! Dr. Deborah Himelhoch mention that just about anything considered a “stocking stuffer” can substitute for candy; from iTunes gift cards, to movie tickets. For boys, nerf blasters, video games, sports game tickets, or Legos make a great Easter surprise. For girls, art supplies, clothing store or Starbucks gift cards, makeup, or a new phone case and some ear buds are fantastic gifts sure to make them smile!

Family Activities

There’s no better way than to spend Easter with you family. A Smiles in Framingham associate said that dyeing Easter eggs is a classic family event that’s sure to be great fun! It’s always nice to go out, so why not take your loved ones out for a special Easter picnic? Instead of candy, think of a special event to spend some quality family time together- something enjoyable that’ll be remembered much more than just a few seconds of munching on jellybeans!

There are tons of great ways to make sure that your family wakes up with a smile on their faces on Easter, and these are only a few. The only limit is your imagination! Dr. Deborah Himelhoch and the Smiles in Framingham team wish you all a “Happy Easter!” If you’re looking for an experienced orthodontist in Framingham, they’re here for you! If you or a loved one is recommended for orthodontic treatment, don’t hesitate to call Smiles in Framingham at (508) 872-0555 for answers to any questions or concerns, or for more information on how to put together a great brace-friendly Easter basket.

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