Invisalign Or Metal Braces?

You’re probably familiar with metal braces, which can help straighten smiles. However, we’re proud to offer an alternative to metal braces with Invisalign. Using clear aligners, we can help you enjoy a beautiful smile. Do you need Invisalign or metal braces? Which one will best address your smile?


Dr. Calcagno has the unique distinction of being awarded the status of Invisalign Preferred Provider for her experience in correcting misalignment using clear aligners. We provide patients of all ages, from kids as young as seven to adults, with a series of aligners. Each day, they are worn between 20 and 23 hours, being removed only for meals or when brushing and flossing. They gradually and gently reposition the teeth, straightening the smile. Due to their comfortable fit and practically invisible appearance, many people prefer these to the alternative.

Metal Braces

Metal braces involve placing a metal bracket onto the front of the teeth and connecting the brackets with an arch wire. Tension is then used to reposition the teeth over a period of 18 months to 2 years on average. While effective, many teens and adult fear the impact braces will have on their appearance. Fortunately, we can offer our patients an esthetically pleasing alternative!

How Does an Even Smile Improve Oral Health?

An even smile doesn’t leave pockets for food pockets to escape flossing and brushing. As a result, the overall risk of tooth decay and gum disease drops. In addition, an uneven smile may actually place pressure on the jaw joints, elevating the risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism. By correcting misalignment, you can enjoy a healthier and more comfortable smile.

If you have an uneven smile, then visit your dentist to discuss Invisalign clear braces. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.