Rochester Dentist Answers FAQs about Clear Braces

Clear BracesCrooked teeth can interfere with proper chewing and add stress to teeth, jaws, and muscles. They may also make patients feel self-conscious about their smile. Crooked teeth may also increase the risk of tooth decay, because keeping them clean can be a challenge. Adults with misaligned teeth may feel as if they do not have a choice other than living with a crooked smile or wearing traditional metal braces, but they do! Rochester dentist Dr. Gilly Calcagno offers an alternative to the conventional metal braces with Invisalign clear, removable aligners for adults and teens.  

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Many patients opt for Invisalign over metal braces, because not only are they clear and inconspicuous, Invisalign has no metal to cause pain, discomfort, or soreness. Invisalign consists of smooth comfortable acrylic, which is less likely to irritate your soft oral tissues. Invisalign also does not require you to make personal sacrifices regarding the foods you choose to eat. Popcorn, chips, gummy candy, apples, carrots, corn on the cob, and many other foods should be avoided with traditional braces, because food particles stick to the wires or underneath the brackets. With clear braces, you can enjoy all foods. Lastly, Invisalign can be removed at your convenience, allowing you to brush and floss your teeth normally for better periodontal and dental health.

Can you describe the Invisalign process?

Invisalign aligners fit over teeth like a retainer. Dr. Calcagno will take photographs, x-rays, and impressions of your teeth to ensure that your aligners are designed for a comfortable fit. Using advanced 3-D technology, Invisalign technicians will create a set of aligners to be worn for about two weeks. Each aligner will move your teeth in small increments, then you’ll move to the next one in your treatment. With use of Invisalign clear braces, your teeth could be straight in 6-18 months.

How do I care for my Invisalign clear braces?

The aligners must be worn for 20-22 hours per day. If you do not wear your aligners for the prescribed amount of time, you will extend treatment time and experience other setbacks. The aligners are comfortable enough to be worn all day, and you may take them out to eat meals and clean your teeth. Invisalign aligners are clear and susceptible to staining, so it is best to avoid smoking, eating dark foods, or drinking dark liquids, such as coffee while wearing your aligners. By following these instructions, you will maximize your experience.

About the Author: Dr. Calcagno has completed the advanced course in cosmetic dentistry at LSU in New Orleans and regularly attends the annual meeting of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists. She is happily accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment with Calcagno Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry in Rochester, call (507) 281-3659.