Invisalign and Discomfort - What to Expect

By J. Brent Gorrell on February 01, 2019

Smiling woman places Invisalign aligners over her top row of teethUnlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign does not require the use of cumbersome wires and brackets. The benefits of the clear aligners go beyond comfort. There are no dietary restrictions associated with the clear aligners.

Dr. J. Brent Gorrell provides Invisalign® treatment at our Mountain View, CA location, and he will be glad to discuss how this cosmetic treatment can help you improve your smile.

Here, our team discusses Invisalign and discomfort and offers a few guidelines to help patients enjoy a comfortable treatment experience.

Are Invisalign Treatments Painless?

Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are designed to be pain-free. Each tray pushes the teeth toward proper alignment in small, steady increments. Mild discomfort may be experienced during the first day or two after new trays are placed, but over-the-counter medications can easily remedy those symptoms.

How to Minimize Discomfort While Using Invisalign

The Invisalign aligners are manufactured to cause minimal discomfort as they straighten your teeth in steady increments. The two most common causes of discomfort from the use of Invisalign aligners are:

  • Pressure on the teeth, which can result in short periods of jawbone soreness,
  • Irritation of the gum tissue or inner cheeks if the edges of the aligners rub on those sensitive surfaces

If you are experiencing irritation on your gums as a result of using the aligners, we can adjust the trays as needed.

Each tray is designed to gradually straighten your teeth at the moment of placement. This can cause temporary discomfort as the aligners put pressure on specific teeth to promote movement.

By placing new trays in before nighttime sleep, users of Invisalign can sleep through these brief moments of discomfort.

Your teeth and gums may be sensitive or tender at different stages of your Invisalign treatment. Avoiding hard foods can help avoid undue irritation.

Finally, if you are still experiencing discomfort, consult Dr. Gorrell. The use of over-the-counter pain medications may be advised.

Benefits of Invisalign over Traditional Metal Braces

The aim of Invisalign treatments and traditional braces are the same: to gradually move your teeth into better alignment. While metal braces are often associated with painful tightening of the wires, Invisalign provide the same cosmetic results with less pain.

Invisalign aligners offer several additional benefits:

  • You can enjoy the foods you love with no dietary restrictions.
  • Unlike metal braces, Invisalign aligners can be removed at any time.
  • Periodic checkups are quick and require minimal alterations to your teeth.
  • Straighter teeth are healthier teeth because they can be more effectively cleaned.
  • Invisalign trays offer a more customized treatment plan than traditional braces.
  • Invisalign aligners are removable, making them easier to clean than traditional metal braces.

Set Up Your Invisalign Consultation Today

Invisalign treatments are growing in popularity as more people realize the benefits of this pain-free cosmetic option. Most patients experience little discomfort as a result of Invisalign treatments.

If you are ready for your new, more attractive smile, contact our office online or call (650) 967-1441. We will address any concerns you have about Invisalign discomfort before beginning your custom cosmetic treatment plan.

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