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Does Invisalign Hurt?

Does Invisalign Hurt?

Many people have heard about Invisalign clear aligners, but are a bit hesitant to get them themselves after hearing that there might be some pain or initial discomfort associated with it. Today, our Langley orthodontists share the reasons why your teeth might be hurting a little with Invisalign clear aligners treatment and how you can manage your discomfort.

Understanding Invisalign Clear Aligners

Sore teeth and mouth pain can be common during orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear aligners. However, if you find yourself wondering 'Is Invisalign Painful?', don't let that scare you away from using this popular treatment method.

Think back to the last time you motivated yourself to finish another 10 reps or to keep walking a few steps more and felt a little bit sore afterward. This is a similar situation – as your teeth start gradually shifting into their prescribed positions to help you obtain a straighter smile, they might feel a little sore while the aligners work.

Exploring Discomfort: Does Invisalign Hurt?

Even though not everyone experiences discomfort or pain during their clear aligners treatment, many people might; some patients could describe it as a light pressure on their teeth on the first day they switch to a new set of aligners.

During treatment with Invisalign, your teeth should only move approximately .2 millimeters from the first day to the seventh day that you wear a new set of clear aligners. 

Invisalign clear aligners are made from smooth plastic - no metal brackets or wires to poke or prod sensitive places in your mouth, which can sometimes irritate. You might also experience a little more adaptability in this plastic compared to other stiffer plastics, so if you do feel pain with Invisalign it should only be minimal. Plus, your clear aligners are also custom-made to fit your teeth. 

At-Home Remedies for Invisalign Clear Aligner Pain

If you do feel a bit of pain while your teeth adjust to their new positions, there are some home remedies you can try:

Switch Aligners at Night to Reduce Discomfort

Because you will be sleeping, the night could be a good time to switch to your new aligners before bed. This way, your mouth will have the next 8 hours or so to get used to them, and any discomfort, pain, or tenderness you feel may disappear by the time you wake up.

Use Dental Wax

Are your sensitive teeth or gums feeling pain as your clear aligners realign your teeth? Dental wax could help. Apply a small amount between your teeth and your aligners, or on any of the areas that feel very tender or sore. The wax will act as a cushion on your teeth as they adapt to your aligners.

Rinse With Warm Salted Water

Your mouth sores may be soothed with a swish of saltwater. You only need ½ teaspoon per 1 cup in warm water. Try this every few hours for 3 to 4 days, keep diligently flossing, brushing, and practicing excellent at-home oral care, and see if this works.

Cold Foods Can Ease Invisalign Pain

Some patients report that indulging in a 100% fruit Popsicle or cold ice pop helps their gums feel better after they switch aligners. Don’t forget to remove your clear aligners before you eat.

Painkillers: An Option for Managing Invisalign Pain

If all else fails, over-the-counter painkillers can be just what you need to help alleviate mouth pain due to a new set of clear aligners.

Use an Ice Pack

Similar to a cold Popsicle, ice cubes, a towel moistened with cold water, or cold compresses can help to soothe a sore mouth and reduce inflammation.

Why Regular Dental Visits are Crucial During Invisalign Treatment

One of the most important things you have to do as you continue with your clear aligners treatment is to keep regularly visiting your dentist (every four to six weeks). They can check in on your progress, answer any questions you might have about the discomfort you are experiencing, tell you if it's normal, and give you advice.

It is important to remember that the pain associated with Invisalign is relatively mild, and the mild discomfort you experience is only temporary.

Are you looking to straighten your smile and want to learn more about Invisalign clear aligners? Contact our Langley orthodontists today and we can happily discuss the treatment process and see if Invisalign is right for you.

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