FAQs: Do I Need Orthodontic Treatment?

Do you have uneven teeth? Crooked or crowded teeth can impair the beauty of your smile and often makes one hesitant to display his/her smile. Do you need orthodontic treatment? With our clear braces and six moth smile solutions, you can enjoy a straighter, healthier smile.

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign and Six Month Smiles

Question: How does misalignment affect my oral health?

Answer: When you have teeth that are not in proper alignment, food and bacteria and become trapped between teeth. Even with regular brushing and flossing, you may not be able to remove bacteria and food particles. The result is an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Question: Can uneven teeth lead to TMJ disorder or bruxism?

Answer: In some cases, misalignment can place strain on the jaw joints. This can cause a patient to start grinding his/her teeth, also known as bruxism. Soon, teeth may become worn down or cracked/chipped. TMJ disorder also develops when jaw joints become stressed, making opening and closing he mouth difficult. Addressing your malocclusion may put a stop to these common disorders.

Question: What are clear braces?

Answer: With Invisalign, the patient wears removable clear plastic aligners instead of metal brackets and wires attached to the teeth. This option corrects teeth over the period of about a year and will remain practically invisible during this time.

Question: How does Six Month Smiles work?

Answer: With Six Month Smiles, patients will wear braces, but they will be consist of clear brackets and tooth-colored wires. In addition, this system can correct smiles in as little as half a year. Patients enjoy a more comfortable and less noticeable treatment period when compared to traditional braces. Qualifying patients should have minor misalignment and be over the age of 16.


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.