Invisalign vs. Braces

Obtaining a straighter smile can improve your oral health and offer a much needed confidence boost. Without treatment, uneven teeth can potentially cause a number of problems, such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, TMJ disorder, and bruxism (teeth grinding). You actually have multiple options for correcting unsightly misalignment. When weighing Invisalign vs. braces, which is the best option to improve the appearance and alignment of your smile?

Traditional Braces

Braces are a very common and successful method of correcting misalignment. The process involves placing metal brackets onto the front of the teeth and connecting them with an arch wire. The orthodontist will then be able to adjust the tension to move the teeth into place. The entire treatment takes about two years, but the exact amount of time will depend on the extent of your misalignment.


Unlike traditional braces, patients will wear a series of custom-made aligners. About every two weeks, the patients will upgrade to a new set of aligners. The entire treatment takes about a year to 18 months. Patients wear the aligners every day, only removing them for meals or special occasions. Those who qualify typically have minor alignment issues and are over the age of 16. Many people prefer this option because the orthodontics are practically invisible. If you have any questions, Dr. Calcagno is a Invisalign preferred provider with experience in treating uneven teeth with clear braces.

Which Do I Need?

We will take a few factors into account before recommending orthodontic treatment. The cause of your alignment, the severity of your misalignment, and other issues will decide which treatment option we will prescribe. We even offer a free cosmetic consultation. For more information, please contact out office today. We want to help you achieve a beautiful, even smile and improved oral health.


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.