FAQs: Invisalign or Six Month Smiles?

Crooked or crowded teeth can have a negative impact on your confidence and hurt your appearance. To correct your smile, you will need orthodontic treatment. At Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we offer two unique forms of orthodontics. Which will work best for your smile, Invisalign or Six Month Smiles?

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign and Six Month Smiles

Question: How does Six Month Smiles work?

Answer: Like traditional braces, this option uses brackets and arch wires to correct alignment. However, the brackets are clear the wires are tooth-colored for a less noticeable orthodontic solution. Metal braces usually take about two years, but this option can correct your smile in as little as half a year.

Question: What is Invisalign?

Answer: Instead of using brackets and wires, you will wear a set of custom-made plastic aligners. They reposition the teeth and are worn all day, typically between 20 and 22 hours. You can remove them before meals or when bushing/flossing your teeth, which makes eating easier and improves oral hygiene. The entire treatment period takes about a year. Teen patients may need around 18 months.

Question: Who qualifies for clear braces?

Answer: Patients over the age of 16 who have minor misalignment benefit the best from this option. We will take a few factors into account before deciding if this is the best way to correct your smile. If you have any questions, please contact our office today.

Question: How do I know if I need Six Month Smiles?

Answer: Like Invisalign, this works best for patients over the age of 16. Minor alignment issues, such as misalignment occurring after wearing braces, is best addressed with this option. With a free cosmetic consultation we can decide how to best straighten your smile.


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.