If you choose Invisalign aligners, the clear plastic removable aligners, you will have fewer adjustments to make than if you chose a more traditional treatment like metal braces, but it will still be an adjustment, including some minor discomfort until your mouth gets used to the aligners.
Don’t worry though, there are plenty of common ways to mitigate Invisalign pain.
Even though Invisalign aligners are usually more comfortable to wear, you can sometimes still experience so discomfort from the aligners and any buttons or attachments the orthodontist might have adhered to your teeth to help straighten your smile. Using orthodontic wax however, can help relieve some of that initial discomfort.
Over the Counter Pain Relief
Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can also alleviate any minor pain or discomfort as well. If the Invisalign pain persists more than just a few days though, give your orthodontist a call.
Orajel ointment is another pain reliever, this time topical. Apply it directly to the teeth or areas of your gums that are causing you discomfort. Follow the instructions carefully.
Aligner Retrieval Tools
Usually, there is a learning curve to learn the smoothest way to get the aligners in and out of your mouth which can lead to discomfort. Luckily though there are tools available that can make it a lot easier to get the aligners on and off your teeth and to make sure it is positioned properly. Look for one that is made of surgical stainless steel so it is easy to keep clean and will last you a long time.
Chewies are another product that can help you with switching the aligners in and out. You can usually get them 2 in a pack.
The good news is that the adjustment to Invisalign braces is not as difficult as it is with other types of braces, but your mouth will need a little time to adjust.
Because there are no metal wires or permanent brackets on your teeth, you won’t have any tooth or gum irritation, but just like with a retainer you will have to get used to putting the aligners in and out, and adjusting to speaking with the aligners. However, while you may experience some soreness the first few days as you adjust to wearing the aligners, once your mouth adjusts you should have no problems.
Here are some other tips to make your Invisalign treatment go more smoothly.
- Don’t forget to wear your aligners. The fact that your Invisalign aligners are removable can be a double edge sword. On one hand, it means that unlike with metal braces there are no food restrictions because you can remove the aligners when you eat. Brushing and flossing your teeth is also easier because you can remove them. Problems come in though if you tend to forget to put the aligners back in after meals and snacks.
- Clean your aligners properly. Avoid discoloration, odor and a buildup of bacteria by following these tips for how to clean Invisalign trays. Each morning take your trays out and clean both your teeth and the trays thoroughly. While you were sleeping a lot of bacteria could have built upon the trays so it is important to start the day off right with clean teeth and trays. Make sure you do this every evening as well.
- Always brush and floss your teeth before putting the trays back in. If you put the trays back in when there are food particles still stuck between your teeth, you will be trapping them inside the trays which could lead to cavities and other dental issues down the road.
- Never leave your Invisalign trays out in the open. Never leave your Invisalign trays out in the open when you are not wearing them. Leaving them exposed like that could lead to more buildup of bacteria while also making it more likely that you will lose them. Keep your case with you at all times just to be on the safe side. If by chance you do leave them out for a while, it is important that your rinse them, soak them and then rinse them again before putting them on again.
If you’re still experiencing discomfort, please contact our office in Decatur and we will gladly offer you some more tips.