Getting used to Invisalign can be an adjustment, but most people adapt quickly. One question many patients have is, “Does Invisalign hurt?” Different people’s experiences may vary. However, it’s normal to feel some minor pain with Invisalign – especially right after you change to a new set of aligners. Don’t worry, this means the treatment is working! Read on for more information and tips to stay on track.
What Do Invisalign Aligners Feel Like?
When you put on your first set of clear Invisalign aligners, your treatment will officially begin. Congratulations! The aligners will get right to work gently shifting your teeth – and you will likely feel some tightness or minor pain in areas of your mouth. These feelings may be most intense in the first few days. After that, many people find the discomfort lessens or goes away, until the next time they put on a new set of aligners. Each set is slightly different in order to gradually shift your teeth to the final desired result.
What Should I Do if My Aligners Hurt?
Even though it can be tempting to take your aligners out, it’s important to wear them as instructed, at least 20-22 hours a day. This will help you keep on track with your treatment plan. Talk with your Invisalign provider if you’re concerned about the pain or need help with relief. Some possible strategies to relieve pain may include:
- Hold a cold compress or ice pack against your skin for up to 10 minutes at a time
- Drink cold water or suck on ice cubes
- Use over-the-counter pain relievers, as directed
- Avoid hard or crunchy foods that increase soreness
- Start new aligners before bedtime, so that you sleep through the time when the pressure may be greatest
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces: How Do They Compare?
The process of shifting your teeth may cause discomfort – and this is true for both traditional braces and Invisalign. With traditional braces, the pain can be more intense after braces are tightened. Also, some people with braces may experience sores inside their cheeks or on their tongue from the brackets and wires rubbing on them. When it comes to deciding on a treatment, there’s no one-size-fits-all. What’s important is to find what works best for you.
Is Invisalign Worth It?
Everyone deserves a healthy, confident smile. Invisalign is definitely worth it to help you achieve a smile you can enjoy for a lifetime. Not only can straighter, better-aligned teeth impact your appearance. They can also be easier to maintain, which may help you avoid possible tooth decay and other problems in the future.
Reaching your goal with Invisalign can take time, discipline, and patience. Seeing the gradual changes along the way can help provide motivation to stay on track!
Learn More About Invisalign
Choosing to have Invisalign or another orthodontic treatment is an exciting decision. Dr. Sydlewski and the team at Signature Orthodontics are here to support you every step of the way. If you’d like to learn more, contact us and schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve your Signature Smile!