Six Month Smiles or Invisalign?

Clear braces can provide a practically invisible form of smile correction. At Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we offer two forms of clear braces for our Rochester, MN patients. How do you choose between Six Month Smiles and Invisalign? Which will provide the better route to a straighter smile?

Common Questions About Rochester, MN Clear Braces

Question: Why do I need clear braces?

Answer: When your teeth are uneven they can place unnecessary strain on the jaw joints. Soon, you may begin grinding your teeth or have difficulty closing or opening your mouth fully due to TMJ disorder. Your crooked or crowded teeth may also provide convenient hiding places for oral bacteria and stray food particles, a combination that can lead to plaque buildup, gum inflammation and an increase in cavity risk. Clear braces or other orthodontic treatments can help prevent oral health issues related to misalignment.

Question: How does Invisalign work?

Answer: With Invisalign the patient receives a series of clear plastic aligners. Worn every day for between 20 and 23 hours, the aligners correct the position of the teeth. The entire treatment takes between a year and 18 months. The aligners can also be removed before meals or when brushing/flossing the teeth for added convenience.

Question: How do Six Month Smiles work?

Answer: With Six Month Smiles the patient wears clear brackets and tooth-colored arch wires. Designed to be barely noticeable, this treatment can correct smiles in as little as three to six months. You can enjoy improve alignment without wearing traditional metal braces.

Question: Who qualifies for clear braces?

Answer: We recommend either of these treatments for patients with minor alignment issues and who are over the age of 15. We will examine your teeth and gums to deicide which option is best for you.


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.