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Does Invisalign Hurt?

When they first look into it, many people ask us if Invisalign treatment hurts. While Invisalign isn’t typically as painful as wearing traditional metal braces can be, the treatment isn’t exactly pain-free.

As is the case with conventional braces, Invisalign treatment is intended to move your teeth into proper position. Because each set of Invisalign clear aligners you receive straightens and repositions your teeth, they can cause some pain. Although that’s true, most people describe the pain associated with Invisalign as a mild discomfort that’s usually fleeting.

Types of Discomfort Associated with Invisalign

There are several types of discomfort that patients undergoing Invisalign treatment might experience. The first kind is soreness that is the result of your mouth getting used to your Invisalign aligners. 

When you first put your aligners in your mouth, they’ll feel foreign and possibly uncomfortable. Because your mouth won’t be used to your aligners, they may cause soreness until your mouth adjusts to them. Most patients find their mouth loses sensitivity to their aligners after they’ve worn their first set for the requisite period of time.

With each set of aligners moving your teeth a bit more, you may experience some discomfort when you start wearing a new set of aligners. Whereas your initial set of aligners might irritate your mouth, subsequent sets may result in discomfort in your teeth during the first few days you wear them.

If your Invisalign aligners aren’t finished properly, they may have a rough or sharp edge. When their edges are rough, aligners may feel uncomfortable to your tongue, gums, or cheeks. If you notice your aligners have a rough or sharp edge, tell your Invisalign orthodontist or dentist so they can be fixed.

How to Alleviate Discomfort Caused by Invisalign Treatment

Most people undergoing Invisalign treatment find that waiting for their discomfort to subside on its own is the best way to handle the mild pain their aligners might cause. As we mentioned earlier, discomfort usually only lasts for the first few days you wear a new set of aligners, if it occurs at all.

If you don’t want to wait for your discomfort to resolve itself, you may want to try an over the counter pain killer. Inflammation is a common cause of discomfort associated with Invisalign. If inflammation is causing your discomfort, ask your pharmacist to recommend something that will reduce your inflammation or contact your orthodontist to see what you should take.

People who experience pain that’s the result of tensing their jaw or grinding their teeth may need to take something else to alleviate their discomfort. If tensing or grinding is behind your pain, talk to your orthodontist about a remedy.

Visit Clearsmile Orthodontics

To learn more about Invisalign, we encourage you to look over our list of frequently asked questions. If you want to see if you’re a candidate for Invisalign treatment, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our Invisalign specialist, Dr. Colin Webb.

When you’re ready to achieve your best smile, visit our Charlotte, NC orthodontics practice so we can make a custom Invisalign treatment for you. We look forward to seeing you at Clearsmile Orthodontics!