Rochester Dentist Discusses Braces for Adults

We tend to associate braces with our adolescent years, working toward straight smiles then rather than in adulthood. Many feel that if they didn’t get braces in their younger years, they can’t achieve a straight smile without invasive or expensive cosmetic procedures. Not many adults want the distinct look of orthodontic braces with brackets and rubber bands. However, your cosmetic dentist offers nearly invisible options for straightening teeth now. Rochester family dentist, Dr. Gilly Calcagno, explores adult braces.

Why Braces?

The obvious reason for having straight teeth is for a better looking smile. Yet there are other implications of crooked teeth that few consider when forgoing teeth straightening. Braces can also serve to align your bite, which is important for more than mere appearances. Both crooked teeth and an off bite can cause stomach and digestion problems due to improperly chewed food. Alone, teeth that aren’t straight create plenty of places where food can build up and develop into plaque. Bacteria that causes tooth decay and infects gums comes from plaque buildup, so straightening your teeth can lower your chances of gum disease. While there are several reasons to fix crooked teeth, some adults may be resistant to the look and feel of metal braces.

An Alternative to Traditional Braces

For adults who may be embarrassed of such an obvious method of straightening teeth like traditional braces, there is hope. Dr. Calcagno offers Invisalign to keep your teeth alignment discreet. If your oral condition is right for Invisalign, Dr. Calcagno sends X-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth to the makers of Invisalign aligners. Advanced 3-D modeling technology provides a set of invisible braces that gradually moves your teeth into a straighter position. Each aligner in the series will be worn for approximately two weeks. The best part for most patients is the natural look Invisalign provides. This method of aligning teeth is most effective when strictly adhering to dentist instructions.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Rochester Dentist

Speak with Dr. Calcagno about Invisalign at our 55902 dentist office.  You may be able to have straight teeth in only around 12 months. Make an appointment by calling (507) 281-3659. We welcome patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, and surrounding areas.