What Do You Know About Invisalign?

You already know that misalignment can have a negative impact on your appearance. From avoiding pictures to hesitation to show the world your smile, misalignment can reduce your quality of life. However, uneven teeth can also increase the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and even TMJ disorder. Fortunately, there is a practically invisible option for correcting your crooked or crowded teeth with Invisalign in Rochester MN.

Invisalign vs. Braces

What’s the difference between these two orthodontic systems? Braces relay on metal brackets placed onto the teeth and connected with arch wires. The tension is adjusted to reposition the teeth as necessary. Patients must wear braces for about two years.

Invisalign corrects teeth using a series of clear plastic aligners. The aligners are worn each day for between 20 and 23 hours and every two weeks patients will upgrade to a new set. The entire treatment process takes about a year and for some patients, to to 18 months.

Additional Benefits

Since the aligners can be removed before meals, patients don’t need to avoid certain foods that would otherwise damage or become stuck in traditional orthodontics. Removable aligners also mean brushing and flossing properly is easier, improving overall oral hygiene. Patients also report the aligners are more comfortable and barely noticeable when worn.

Smile Correction for Teens and Adults

Who qualifies for this treatment option? We may recommend clear braces for patients over the age of 15 who have minor misalignment issues. For our younger patients, the aligners include blue dots that wear off if the aligners are worn for the correct amount of time. This allows parents and doctors to make sure they are worn properly. If you have any questions or concerns about our state-of-the-art orthodontic procedure, contact our office today.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including dental implants, Six Month Smiles, pediatric dentistry, root canals, and teeth whitening 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.