Rochester Dentist Answers Your Questions Regarding Removable Braces


For many teens and adults, an even and beautiful smile isn’t worth the discomfort and inconvenience of metal braces. As a result, people often avoid the necessary procedures for restoring their smile and go through life embarrassed of their teeth. Thankfully, with Invisalign our patients can restore their smiles without traditional orthodontics. In today’s blog, your Rochester dentist, Dr. Gilly Calcagno, explains how Invisalign can offer practically invisible smile correction.

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign

Q: How does Invisalign work?

A: Instead of the metal braces we associate with traditional orthodontics, Invisalign improves smiles with a series of clear plastic aligners. The aligners are custom-made and will gently reposition your teeth. For adults, the total treatment time is typically one year. With Invisalign, patients can finally obtain beautiful, winning smiles.

Q: How often do I wear the aligners?

A: Depending on the state of your dental health, Dr. Calcagno may recommend you wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day. To receive the desired results, always wear your aligners for the amount of time specified by Dr. Calcagno.

Q: Do I need to avoid certain foods?

A: No! Since the aligners can be removed, patients don’t need to alter their diets. You no longer need to avoid sticky or hard foods such as taffy or popcorn. You also don’t have to worry about food becoming stuck in your braces. Simply remove the aligners before meals. Removable aligners also make caring for your dental health easier. Patients can now brush and floss properly, without struggling to clean around cumbersome braces. This allows patients to maintain good oral hygiene.

Q: Are the Aligners comfortable?

A: Yes! Patients with braces often report gum and cheek irritation. Since Invisalign aligners are made from plastic, they provide comfortable smile correction without pain or irritation.

Q: Are there a lot of office visits and procedures?

A: Invisalign requires fewer appointments than other orthodontic procedures. On average, patients only need to see Dr. Calcagno about once every six weeks. This saves our patients both time and money!

Schedule a Visit with Your Rochester Cosmetic Dentist

Interested in correcting your smile? Talk to Dr. Calcagno about the innovative Invisalign system today. Make an appointment with your Rochester cosmetic dentist by calling 507-281-3659. Our 55902 dentist office offers the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. We serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, and surrounding areas.