The Facts About Invisalign® Clear Braces

The concern over crooked teeth can usually be divided into two categories; how your crooked teeth look and function, and how straightening them will affect your daily life. In the past, the only recourse for straightening crooked teeth was through orthodontic braces, which utilize brackets and wires to gently move your teeth into more desirable positions. Today, however, you have the choice of correcting crooked teeth without the conspicuous components of braces by choosing Invisalign® clear braces instead. Designed for the utmost comfort and discretion, Invisalign can help you straighten your smile while avoiding the common stigma of adult braces.

They’re Not Really Braces

When you think of braces, the image you see may be of highly-visible brackets and wires bonded to your teeth. In the traditional sense, Invisalign doesn’t consist of braces at all, but rather a series of clear, plastic aligners. The solid aligners glide snugly over your teeth, and the clear acrylic makes them virtually invisible while they’re in place.

They Don’t Require Major Life Changes

If you’ve ever worn braces, then you might consider the ability to remove Invisalign’s aligners one of the most significant benefits of all. During conventional orthodontic treatment, everyday habits and occurrences are drastically altered. You can’t eat anything that might get stuck in the brackets or wires, and hygiene takes considerably longer as you try to clean your teeth around the apparatus. With aligners that you can remove at will, you can still straighten your crooked teeth, but without having to change your eating and hygiene habits to accommodate braces.

They Work!

The most important benefit of Invisalign treatment is that it works. Your series of aligners will be designed to match your teeth almost exactly, with one small modification; each aligner is crafted to guide your crooked teeth through a prescribed course of movement. By the time you remove the final aligners, they will have nudged your teeth into a straighter, more functional, and better-looking smile.


Calcagno Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offer expert services including teeth whitening, Six Month Smiles, Invisalign, root canals, and pediatric dentistry. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.