The Differences Between Braces and Invisalign

When you have misalignment, your smile runs the risk of develop tooth decay and gum disease, as routine dental maintenance is difficult with uneven teeth. In addition, TMJ disorder and bruxism can often occur as a result of malocclusion. In order to correct your smile and enjoy improved oral health, you need orthodontic treatment. Today, we’re looking at the differences between braces and Invisalign.


Braces are one of the more common orthodontic solutions for misalignment. The treatment involves placing a metal bracket onto the front of the tooth. The brackets are then connected with an arch wire. The orthodontist will adjust the tension to reposition the teeth over a period of one and half to two years.

Invisalign Clear Braces

Invisalign uses clear braces to correct alignment issues. After taking a digital impression of your teeth, the Invisalign lab will create a series of clear plastic aligners. Worn each day, the aligners reposition teeth in as little as one year. You can remove the aligners before meals, which means no worries about items becoming stuck in your orthodontics. Patients also report a more comfortable treatment period, with a reduction in gum and cheek irritation.

Can I Wear Clear Braces?

Who qualifies for clear braces? We recommend this option for patients over the age of 16 who have minor misalignment. To see if you qualify, we will perform a thorough oral examination. Form there, we can decide if Invisalign is the best option for correcting your smile. We also offer the Six Month Smiles system, which uses clear brackets and tooth-colored arch wires for less noticeable orthodontic treatment. For more information or to schedule a free cosmetic consultation, please contact our Rochester, MN office today. We can help you obtain the beautiful smile you deserve.


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.