It will install new packages on your system, but you won't notice any other changes until after you log into it; your current DE (desktop environment) won't be altered.
Unfortunately it doesn't work well for everyone. For some people it lags a lot; it's quite graphics intensive.
That being said, there's no harm in installing it and trying it out. You can just as easily go back to your previous DE.
If you want to give it a try, open a terminal and type in:
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sudo apt-get install mint-meta-cinnamon
then type in your root password when prompted.
After it's installed, you can use cinnamon by simply logging out and choosing it from the login screen.
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