Rochester Dentist: Do You Have Questions About Clear Braces for Teens?


For many teens, their appearance is the key to fitting in. If their smiles are misaligned or plagued with dental imperfections, such as unsightly gaps, they may feel self-conscious and embarrassed. Unfortunately, most teens feel the same way about traditional orthodontics and may actually avoid seeking the dental care necessary to improve their smiles. This is why your Rochester dentist, Dr. Gilly Calcagno, is proud to offer Invisalign. With invisalign, teens receive practically invisible smile correction. In today’s blog, Dr. Calcagno address common questions and concerns about Invisalign clear braces.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Invisalign

Question: Are the aligners inconspicuous?

Answer: Yes, made from clear plastic, Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible to the naked eye.

Question: Will the aligners cause discomfort?

Answer: Patients with metal braces often report frequent gum and cheek irritation. Since Invisalign aligners are custom-made from a special plastic material, patients experience a reduction in discomfort and irritation.

Question: How long do I have to wear the aligners?

Answer: Typically, patients need to wear the aligners daily for the recommend amount of time, usually between 20 and 22 hours. Approximately every two weeks you will upgrade to a new set of aligners as your teeth are gradually and gently repositioned.  The entire process normally takes between 12 and 18 months to complete.

Question: Do I need to avoid certain foods?

Answer: No, since your aligners can be removed before meals, there is no need to alter your diet or avoid sticky or hard foods. Removable aligners also make brushing and flossing your teeth easier, improving your oral hygiene and protecting your teeth.

Question: How often should I see Dr. Calcagno?

Answer: In most cases, patients only need to see Dr. Calcagno once every six weeks, saving both time and money.

Schedule a Visit with Your Rochester Cosmetic Dentist

Interested in improving your smile with our innovative Invisalign clear braces? With Invisalign, Dr. Calcagno offers clear and comfortable smile correction for teens and adults. 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 to transform your smile. We serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, and surrounding areas.