Why Should You Consider Clear Braces?

Do you want a beautiful, even smile but feel nervous about wearing metal braces? Teens and adults across the nation are often hesitant to try traditional orthodontics to combat misalignment. Fortunately, a number of options exist to correct smiles without metal brackets and wires. Should you consider clear braces?

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to gently reposition the teeth. Patients wear the aligners everyday, typically between 20 and 23 hours. About every two weeks patients upgrade to a new set of aligners and the entire treatment takes about a year or up to 18 months for teen patients. We can recommend treatment for both adults and teens that have minor misalignment.

The Benefits of Clear Braces

There are a number of benefits to clear braces, including:

  • Aligners are barely noticeable
  • The plastic aligners are comfortable and custom-made
  • You can remove them prior to meals so you don’t need to avoid certain foods
  • You can remove them before special occasions
  • Treatment is shorter than with metal braces
  • Treatment requires fewer office visits, saving time and money

What is Six Month Smiles?

With Six Month Smiles, patients wear braces to correct smiles in as little as three to six months. However, the brackets placed on the teeth are made from ceramic, so they blend with the teeth. In addition, the arch wires connecting the brackets are tooth-colored. We often recommend this procedure for patients over the age of 16 who have minor alignment issues.

The Benefits of Six Month Smiles

  • Braces are practically invisible
  • Treatment is substantially shorter than braces
  • Fewer office visits and adjustments needed

If you have any questions about either Six Month Smiles or Invisalign, please contact out office today. We offer a free cosmetic consultation and can help you decide which option best fits your smile needs.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including teeth whitening, Six Month Smiles, Invisalign, root canals, and pediatric dentistry. 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.