Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign Clear Braces

If you have uneven teeth, don’t settle for a life of hiding your smile or avoiding pictures. Instead, consider orthodontic treatment. Our office offers Invisalign in Rochester MN so you can finally enjoy a smile free of embarrassing misalignment. Correcting your crooked or crowded teeth can improve overall comfort, dental health, and your appearance.

Rochester MN Invisalign FAQs

Question: How does Invisalign work?

Answer: Typically, orthodontic treatment involves metal braces. Brackets are placed onto the teeth and connected with an arch wire to reposition the teeth. Our clear braces system instead uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gently move the teeth to proper alignment. Patients wear these aligners every day for between 20 and 22 hours. Approximately every two weeks they upgrade to a new set.

Question: Who qualifies for clear braces?

Answer: We recommend this system for adult patients and teens over the age of 15 with minor misalignment issues. For adults, the treatment usually takes around a year. However, teens may require up to 18 months for optimal results.

Question: What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?

Answer: Addressing misalignment is about more than just your appearance. Uneven teeth make thorough brushing and flossing difficult, which can allow bacteria to flourish and break down food particles caught between teeth. This increases the chances of developing not only cavities, but gum disease as well. Correcting your smile can help you avoid dental disease.

Question: Do I have to change my diet?

Answer: With braces, you need to avoid hard or sticky foods, as they can become stuck or even damage your orthodontics. Fortunately, with this unique treatment option you simply remove the aligners before each meal. You don’t need to change your diet or avoid certain foods.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including teeth whitening, Six Month Smiles, root canals, pediatric dentistry, and Invisalign in Rochester MN. 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.