If you’re just embarking on Invisalign treatment, your head is probably filled with questions. As your Arlington Invisalign providers, our job is to answer as many as possible. One that’s on every new patient’s mind: how much is this going to hurt, anyways? Daily discomfort can have a big impact on your life, affecting your enjoyment of regular activities and completion of normal tasks.
Fortunately, Invisalign doesn’t lead to the same soreness you expect from traditional braces. Keep reading to learn how much discomfort you can expect, and how you can alleviate some of that pain. If you’re interested in Invisalign or have a question for our Invisalign providers, find our location on the map below and then fill out the quick form. While we’re a short trip from your Arlington home, our happy patients have found that journey well worth the effort.
Does Invisalign Hurt?
For many patients, Invisalign actually doesn’t bother them at all. A study found that 35% of patients reported no discomfort in the first 306 months of treatment, and 54% experienced only minor pain. This is much better than the amount of pain that tends to accompany metal braces, in large part because the structures involved are less irritating to your mouth (think plastic trays vs. metal brackets and wires). And since you usually change Invisalign trays every two weeks, the movement is more gradual and gentle. Receiving new wires after every 4 weeks of metal braces causes soreness that switching to new aligners more often just doesn’t match.
If you are in the camp of patients that experience discomfort, there are a few reasons why it might be happening:
- Aligner fit – Your aligners will feel very snug in the first few days after being switched in. This is normal and expected – that pressure needs to be placed on your teeth in order for them to continue to progress and straighten.
- Tooth movement – As your teeth begin to shift, you will often experience some discomfort. After all, teeth and bone are being moved, so it’s a natural side effect and a sign that treatment is working. Depending on your case and your aligners, you may feel pressure on certain teeth/areas, and only at certain times.
- Oral irritation – Your gums, cheeks, tongue, and floor of your mouth may catch on rough aligner edges. Fortunately, this is easily fixed. Let us know if an aligner is bothering you, and we may suggest that you file the area carefully with a nail file, or have you come in and adjust it ourselves.
- Eating – It can be a little difficult to chew when your teeth are sore from orthodontic treatment. There are a few tricks to improve this – try starting new aligners at bedtime, so that your teeth are able to adjust overnight. You can also try taking an anti-inflammatory OTC medication an hour before eating (be sure to take a medication that is right for you – ask if you’d like a recommendation).
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