Six Month Smiles vs. Invisalign

In 2012, Kelton Research conducted a study that revealed a lot about how we perceive others. Among the results, Kelton researchers discovered that people with straighter teeth were generally considered more attractive and successful. If you have misalignment, you may feel uncomfortable and wish for more even teeth. With clear braces, our team can correct alignment issues. When it comes to Six Month Smiles vs. Invisalign, which clear braces options will win out?

Six Month Smiles

While this option does include metal brackets and wires, Six Month Smiles are a less noticeable alternative. The brackets are clear and the arch wires are tooth-colored. Instead of taking up to two years to correct misalignment, this option works in as little as half a year. Patients also report a much more comfortable treatment experience.


Instead of typical braces, Invisalign actually employs clear aligners. Patients will receive a set of custom-made plastic aligners. The patient will wear them everyday between 20 and 23 hours, upgrading to a new set about once every two weeks. The entire treatment period takes around a year for adults and up to 18 months for teen patients. Being able to remove the aligners prior to meals and brushing/flossing makes your life easier and can improve overall oral health.

Who Qualifies for Clear Braces?

Both options work best for patients with minor misalignment or who have had braces in the past but their teeth have since shifted. We also recommend this for patients over the age of 16. If you have malocclusion that requires more serious orthodontic treatment, then these may not be the best options. To decide, we will perform a thorough examination during your complimentary consultation. For more information, please 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.