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. Patients often report a feeling of pressure, not pain, for the first few days after moving on to their next phase of aligners. Rest assured, any discomfort will typically fade after your teeth adjust to your new trays. The majority of each phase of treatment should be a virtually painless experience.

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Causes For Invisalign Discomfort 

During your first phase of treatment, the soft tissue of your mouth may develop calluses to help prevent future irritation. Your mouth should be fully adapted to Invisalign by your second round of aligners, and any discomfort you feel will only come from the gentle shifting of your teeth.

While your teeth are gradually moving into alignment, you may experience some soreness for the first few days. This discomfort will fade as your teeth get used to their new position. The only other discomfort occurs when your aligners have sharp edges. If this happens, you can trim back the offending edges with a nail clipper 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—Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or Tylenol help relieve discomfort from your teeth shifting
  • Try Oragel ointment—Apply the ointment directly to your teeth or gums to numb the area
  • Ensure that your Invisalign is tracking correctly—The aligners should fit snugly against your teeth without any large gaps between them and the aligner
  • Start wearing each new phase of aligners before bed—This allows your teeth to make initial adjustments while you sleep
  • Avoid hard, crunchy foods—Instead, try softer dishes, smoothies, and chopping up your food 
  • Apply an ice pack—Ice will numb the area and alleviate pain
  • Wear Invisalign for the recommended 20 to 22 hours per day—This will help keep you on track with your treatment plan and ensure that your teeth can’t shift out of alignment
  • 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 discomfort of the mouth

Apply orthodontic wax if the aligners edges are bothering you—orthodontic wax on the edges of your trays can soften their feel on your mouth

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.

Invisalign Should Be Comfortable

For most of your teeth-aligning journey with Invisalign, wearing alignment trays should not be a painful experience. If discomfort persists, give us a call at (305) 441-1200 and Dr. Grussmark will get to the bottom of it or provide you with additional recommendations.

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.

Stephen Grussmark