How Painful is Invisalign®?

What Patients Are Saying 

Many patients want to know– how painful is Invisalign? Invisalign is an orthodontic appliance that works to gradually shift your teeth into their desired position. Every two weeks, you’ll swap out your trays for a new set that will continue to move your teeth until they’re perfectly straight. 

If you feel some discomfort at first, this is just a sign that the aligners are working to straighten your smile. Some patients report feeling pressure, not pain, for the first few days after upgrading their aligners. Rest assured, any discomfort typically fades after your teeth adjust to wearing the new trays.

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Causes For Invisalign Discomfort 

During the initial adaptation phase, your mouth may develop calluses to help prevent future irritation. Once you’re ready for your second batch of aligners, your mouth should be fully adjusted to wearing the aligners and any discomfort you feel will only come from the gentle shifting of your teeth.

While your teeth gradually move into alignment, you may feel soreness for the first few days. As your teeth get used to their new position, any discomfort will fade. The final type of discomfort can occur when your aligners have sharp edges. If this happens, you can soften the edges with a nail trimmer or cuticle scissors.

How to Manage Your Discomfort

When you swap out your Invisalign aligners for a new set, there are a few ways you can remedy the pain, including:

  • Use over the counter painkillers – Pain medication such as ibuprofen or Tylenol will provide relief for any discomfort you feel
  • Try Oragel ointment – Apply the ointment directly to your teeth or gums to numb the area
  • Make sure your Invisalign is tracking correctly – The aligners should fit snugly against your teeth without any large gaps between them and the aligner
  • Start wearing your new aligners before bed – This way,, your teeth can adjust while you sleep
  • Avoid hard, crunchy foods – Instead, try smoothies or chopping your food 
  • Apply an icepack – Ice will numb the area 
  • Wear Invisalign for the recommended 20 to 22 hours per day – This will help keep you on track with your treatment plan and ensure your teeth don’t move in the wrong direction
  • Use Invisalign Chewies – Invisalign Chewies will improve the fit of your aligners by decreasing any space between your teeth and the trays
  • Drink hot or cold beverages – Similar to a hot pack or an icepack, hot or cold beverages can help to soothe your pain
  • Use orthodontic wax if the aligners are bothering you – If the aligners’ edges are bothering you, apply an orthodontic wax to the area to soften the edges

If you continue to experience discomfort, give us a call and Dr. Grussmark can get to the bottom of it or provide you with additional recommendations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Invisalign more painful than braces?

Invisalign is more comfortable than metal braces. Invisalign’s innovative design allows for a more gradual movement than tightening the wires on braces. After you switch out your aligners for a new set, you may feel sore for a few days, butthe tenderness should fade quickly. 

The metal brackets and wires on braces tend to cause pain throughout the duration of the treatment by constantly poking your gums and cheeks. Dr. Grussmark prefers Invisalign clear aligners because of their unmatched comfort and their ability to transform smiles discreetly.

Is the first week of Invisalign the worst?

If you’re new to Invisalign, it will take some time to adjust to wearing the aligners. Once your gums develop calluses, you should only feel discomfort when swapping out your trays for a new set. 

The first week is typically the hardest because your mouth is adjusting to wearing the aligners and your teeth are shifting simultaneously. However, you’ll get used to wearing the aligners quickly and before you know it, you can enjoy the benefits of a straight smile.

Can Invisalign break your teeth?

On rare occasions, it’s possible for teeth to become damaged or break during Invisalign treatment. That’s because the roots of teeth have to allow the movement to occur. In some cases, this process can damage the ends of the roots of your teeth. Gum disease can also lead to complications.

That’s why it’s important to choose a trusted dentist such as Dr. Grussmark to ensure your mouth is adjusting well to Invisalign. You’ll also want to be sure to schedule biannual checkups and cleanings with your dentist to ensure that your oral health is in optimal condition.

Does Invisalign get less painful?

As your teeth and gums adjust to the new aligners, any discomfort should gradually subside. The above-mentioned tips will ensure you get the most out of your treatment and remain pain-free throughout the process.

Comfortable Invisalign Treatment With Dr. Grussmark

As the only Diamond Plus provider in Dade County and Southern Florida, Dr. Grussmark has extensive experience treating patients with Invisalign. If you’re interested in receiving an orthodontic treatment that’s comfortable and discreet, Invisalign can help you achieve your smile goals. 

Contact our office today by calling (305) 441-1200 and see how we can comfortably transform your smile with Invisalign.

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