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Invisalign® and Pain: Tips for Orthodontic Patients

By Bruce Wilderman on February 13, 2016

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A number of patients have benefited from undergoing Invisalign® treatment, a clear orthodontics alternative to traditional braces. We've fielded a number of questions about pain during Invisalign®, so we'd like to look into the issue in more detail on our blog.

Is Invisalign® Treatment Painful?

Invisalign® can cause some amount of pain as orthodontic care is prone to do. Thankfully the pain is minimal and patients tolerate it well. The end result of Invisalign® is a smile that's straight and healthy, which is worth enduring a little bit of discomfort.

Why Does Soreness Occur?

During Invisalign® treatment, the clear plastic aligners that you are instructed to wear exert pressure on the teeth to help shift their position. When this happens, it's common for patients to experience sore teeth and tenderness around the gumline as well. This is a natural response to orthodontic care.

When Is the Pain Most Noticeable?

During Invisalign® treatment, patients are given new aligners every two weeks. The new aligners are each slightly different, allowing for a steady adjustment of dental alignment over the course of several months.

Given the above, the pain during Invisalign® treatment is most noticeable with the first aligner, and in the first few days of each subsequent aligner. This should come as no surprise simply given the nature of the treatment process.

Tips for Dealing with Pain During Invisalign® Treatment

If you would like to reduce the amount of pain and discomfort associated with Invisalign®, consider the following tips:

  • Change Aligners Before Bedtime – When you get a new Invisalign® aligner, put it on for the first time at night. This will allow you to sleep through the first few hours of discomfort.

  • Use Over-the-Counter Pain Medication – If the pain is serious, consider some over-the-counter medication.

  • Consider Soft Foods – In the first few days of getting a new aligner, eat soft foods so you can reduce the amount of pressure on your teeth.

  • Cold Compresses for Soreness – Ice packs and cold compresses can help numb the pain you experience and make treatment more tolderable.

  • Wear Your Invisalign® Aligners Diligently – Even though you may experience some pain, be sure to wear your aligners as instructed. You'll adjust to the new aligner sooner than you may think.

Invisalign® Pain Will Be Less Serious Over Time

As you continue to undergo Invisalign® treatment, you'll likely notice less pronounced soreness and discomfort, which is common during treatment. Keep the above tips in mind throughout the duration of your Invisalign® treatment to manage pain and discomfort as it arises.

How Long Will Invisalign® Treatment Last?

This can vary from patient to patient, but most Invisalign® patients require several months to a year. The overall timeline for treatment can be discussed during the initial consultation at the practice.

Learn More About Invisalign®

For more information about Invisalign® and how it can help improve the health and appearance of your smile, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. Dr. Bruce Wilderman will help you have a healthy smile and take care of discomfort associated with orthodontic treatments.

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