FAQs: How Does Invisalign Work?

Have you ever heard of Invisalign? We’re proud to offer this unique orthodontic procedure for our patients. Instead of relying on metal braces, we can use esthetically pleasing clear aligners to correct your smile. Interested in knowing how the treatment works?

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign

Question: How do you create the aligners?

Answer: First, we take detailed impressions, as well as photographs and x-rays, of your smile. At an Invisalign lab, experts use these materials to design and create a series of custom-made aligners.

Question: How often do we wear them?

Answer: Daily, you will need to wear them for between 20 and 23 hours. In all, treatment takes about a year for adults and up to 18 months for teens and younger patients. The exact amount of time will vary of course, depending in the extent and cause of your misalignment.

Question: What else does the treatment involve?

Answer: About every two weeks you will upgrade to a new set in your series of aligners. As this happens, you will find your teeth are gradually and gently being shifted into optimal positions. We can address both minor and advanced misalignment, helping patients of all ages from children to adults.

Question: Can I remove them?

Answer: Yes, they can be removed for meals or special occasions. Being able to remove them before meals means you don’t have to change how you eat. With metal braces, you need to avoid hard or chewy foods, as they could become stuck in your orthodontics. In addition, removable aligners mean you have a much easier time brushing and flossing your teeth, which can protect your teeth from discoloration and decay during treatment. If you have any questions about our clear aligners, then contact our office today. Dr. Calcagno carries the distinction of being an Invisalign Preferred Provider, helping many people enjoy more even smiles with this unique orthodontic system.

Let Us Correct Your Smile with Invisalign

Using clear aligners, we can help you enjoy an even and healthier smile. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.