Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment option that is highly preferred by teens and adults across the nation. Invisalign is virtually invisible to others, and you can remove the trays to eat, brush and floss. While Invisalign is also more comfortable than traditional braces, patients may still experience an adjustment period in which soreness or mild irritation is possible. Keep in mind that your teeth are moving into better position, and they may not like it at first. While your teeth won’t remain sore the entire time you wear Invisalign, it is common to have discomfort when you begin treatment or when you change out your trays.
Reducing Discomfort With Invisalign
Fortunately, there are ways to reduce dental soreness and soft tissue irritation should it occur while undergoing Invisalign treatment. Some of these tactics are the same ways we prevent pain with traditional braces. If you just started Invisalign or switched to a new set of aligners, you can try the following to prevent or reduce discomfort:
OTC Pain Reliever – The first couple of days of each new pair of aligners brings the most risk for teeth soreness. While the pain should certainly go away on its own as your mouth adjusts to the new trays, you can find relief from dental soreness with over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen. In fact, some patients take a proactive approach by taking ibuprofen on the first day of a new aligner set.
Call Your Dentist or Orthodontist – If your aligners have a sharp or rough area that is rubbing the inside of your cheek or lip, please let us know. Never attempt to file down or fix your aligner on your own. In most cases, we can resolve the issue fast.
Consider Dental Wax – If you can’t make it to the dentist right away or if your soft tissues simply need to get used to the new appliance in your mouth, it may be best to place some dental wax on top of the area that is causing irritation. You should not need dental wax for a prolonged period of time, so call your orthodontist if the problem persists.
Stick to Soft Foods– During the first couple of days of soreness, it can help to stick to soft, easy-to-chew foods to relieve pressure on your teeth during mealtime.
Learn More from a Trusted Invisalign Provider
At Georgia Orthodontics and Children’s Dentistry, we are proud to have certified and experienced Invisalign providers for teens and adults. If you are struggling to find comfort with your Invisalign treatment, please let us know. We can tell you what is normal and what is not. Don’t bail on your treatment altogether by not wearing your aligners if they hurt, as this will only prolong your treatment time and make it more difficult for your mouth to finally adjust.