Common Questions About Clear Braces

Do you have an uneven smile, including crooked or crowded teeth? Do you wish you could obtain a straighter smile but worry about how metal braces will impact your appearance? At Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry we understand your hesitation and offer alternatives to traditional braces. Clear braces can provide a practically invisible solution to tooth loss.

Questions About Clear Braces in Rochester, MN

Question: What are clear braces?

Answer: Typically, clear braces refer to an orthodontic system that uses clear plastic aligners to correct alignment problems. Patients wear these custom-made slingers every day, upgrading to a new set about once every two weeks.

Question: How does Invisalign correct smiles?

Answer: Instead of using tension via brackets and wires, patients wear a series of plastic aligners to reposition the teeth. The entire treatment period lasts about a year for adults and up to 18 months for teen patients. However, the aligners must be worn for between 20 and 23 hours daily, removed only for meals and special occasions.

Question: Am I candidate for Six Month Smiles?

Answer: Another less noticeable alternative to braces, Six Month Smiles uses clear brackets and tooth-colored wires to correct misalignment in between three and six months. We recommend this option for patients over the age of 16 who have minor alignment issues. We will examine your teeth and jaw to see if you are a candidate for this treatment.

Question: What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?

Answer: We recommend correcting alignment issues to avoid a number of serious oral health problems. Uneven teeth provide places for bacteria and food particles to hide, making brushing and flossing inefficient and leading to the possible onset of tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, misalignment can increase the risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding).


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 Contact us, 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.