MY Dental Place

Mary Anne Yu, DMD

Family Dentist located in Sunnyvale, CA

If you think you might need braces, just the word probably makes you think of “metal mouth,” tiny rubber bands, and all the foods you won’t be able to eat. Well those days are over. Adults and teens now have a new way to great straighter teeth without all the embarrassment and inconvenience: Invisalign®. If you’ve heard about Invisalign and want to know more, go online to book a consultation with Dr. Mary Anne Yu at MY Dental Place in Sunnyvale, California, or call the office today.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a clear aligner treatment system that’s used for adults and teens. During the course of treatment, you switch out about 24 sets of clear, removable aligners that fit over your teeth. Since the aligners are removable, you can eat, drink, and clean your teeth more conveniently than with traditional braces. In fact, most people won’t even know you’re wearing them. Although it varies from patient to patient, the average treatment lasts 12-18 months.*

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

There are many benefits to choosing Invisalign. The major ones include:

  • The aligners are virtually invisible, so no one will know you’re wearing them
  • You can remove them when you eat, drink, and brush your teeth
  • You don’t have to deal with wires and brackets

What is the process for Invisalign?

Dr. Vu meets with you for an initial consultation where she examines your teeth and learns about your individual needs. If she thinks you’re a good candidate, she takes impressions of your teeth. Then she develops a treatment plan which determines how and when your teeth will be moved and how long the teeth-straightening process will take. The rest of the process happens in three major steps.

Step 1: Custom aligners are made

Based on the information and impressions that Dr. Vu provides, the lab makes your custom sets of clear aligners. About 24 sets are used for a 12-month treatment plan. You switch to a new set every one to two weeks. Don’t worry; your supply of aligners includes instructions on when to switch to the next set. Dr. Vu recommends wearing your aligners for 20-22 hours a day for best results.

Step 2: Checkups

Dr. Vu monitors your progress when you come in for checkups. The frequency of visits varies from patient to patient, but the average is every six weeks.

Step 3: Completion/Maintenance

You’re now sporting a smile with straight teeth. Now let’s keep it that way! Teeth naturally move all the time, and since you want to make sure they don’t go back into their original crooked positions, Dr. Vy may recommend using a retainer to prevent movement.

* Individual results may vary.