Which Invisalign® Tray Hurts the Most?
Invisalign® is a popular teeth straightening system that uses a series of clear plastic aligners to encourage movement so that the teeth and jaw shift to their intended position. Invisalign offers results that are comparable to traditional braces, with the added benefit of being more discreet, convenient, and comfortable.
Although Invisalign should not cause patients any significant pain, it is normal to experience some discomfort while adjusting to aligner trays. Here, dentists from Premier Dental & Implant Center, in Orland Park, IL, answer a common question we receive regarding which Invisalign tray hurts the most, as well as provide some tips to improve comfort during Invisalign treatment.
Are Some Invisalign Trays More Painful Than Others?
Generally speaking, Invisalign treatment is considered to be far more comfortable than braces treatment. This is because Invisalign is metal-free, so there are no bulky metal wires or brackets to rub against the gums, cheeks, and other soft tissues of the mouth. That being said, Invisalign does apply subtle and consistent pressure to the teeth and jaw to encourage necessary movement. This pressure can cause some discomfort for patients, especially as they adjust to their aligners.
During Invisalign treatment, patients progress to a new set of aligner trays approximately every two weeks. Each time that a person switches to a new set of aligners it will take some time to adjust. However, most people get used to the feeling over time, so discomfort should lessen with each new set of Invisalign trays. Because the pressure and feeling of the Invisalign aligners are new at the start of treatment, the first few Invisalign trays tend to be the most uncomfortable for our Orland Park patients.
How Long Does Invisalign Discomfort Last?
It usually does not take very long to adjust to a new set of aligners, especially as Invisalign treatment progresses and patients learn what to expect when switching trays. During the first two to three days after starting a new set of trays patients may experience some soreness or tenderness. Aligners may also rub against the gums or inside of the lips, which could cause minor irritation. Within just a few days of switching trays any type of discomfort should dissipate.
Minimizing Discomfort During Invisalign Treatment
Although discomfort should not be severe, there are some steps that our Orland Park patients can take to further minimize discomfort and irritation during Invisalign treatment. The following practices are especially helpful during the first few days of wearing a new set of aligner trays:
- Avoid crunchy, chewy, and sticky foods
- Switch to a new set of aligners at night, just before going to bed, so that you can start to adjust while you sleep
- Use over-the-counter pain medication, as needed
- Apply cold compresses or ice packs to the outer cheeks, as needed
Crooked teeth and a misaligned bite can interfere with oral functions and compromise the appearance of the smile. Fortunately, Invisalign offers a discreet and convenient teeth straightening treatment option. To learn more about Invisalign treatment, and whether it may be right for you, contact Premier Dental & Implant Center online, or call (708) 873-9709.