Tips to Reduce Invisalign Disconfort

Tips to Reduce Invisalign Discomfort
Posted on 08/14/2020
InvialignInvisalign® is a fantastic option for anyone looking to achieve a straight and beautiful smile. These subtle aligners let you gradually straighten your teeth with minimal effort. However, even though this is one of the more comfortable orthodontic alignment options out there, Invisalign is not always totally pain-free.

You might find that your Invisalign aligners feel uncomfortable from time to time. Discomfort may arise for any number of reasons. At Davis Orthodontics, we want your Invisalign aligners to be as comfortable as possible. If you're having issues with your Invisalign aligners, please call us and schedule an appointment to fix any issues as soon as possible. In the meantime, here are a few tips that can help you feel better.

Understanding Invisalign Treatment and Discomfort

Invisalign treatment is a fairly new orthodontic solution that's an amazing option for many people. These plastic aligners fit over your teeth and are customized to help gradually straighten your smile.

Not only are Invisalign aligners more comfortable than braces, but they're also more subtle. These transparent devices are one of the simplest, least invasive, and most comfortable options available. That being said, Invisalign treatment can be a little uncomfortable at times.

Initial Discomfort Is Common and May Go Away With Time

As with any dental or orthodontic treatment, some pain can be expected. When you first put in your Invisalign, you'll probably notice some level of discomfort in your teeth, gums, or jaw. Additionally, whenever you switch out your aligners, you may also feel a bit of pain.

Pinching, pulling, and tugging sensations are common. After all, you are making your teeth move into a new position. Whenever you switch to the next aligner in your system, it can feel as unfamiliar as your very first aligner. This is normal.

As you get used to wearing your aligners, your gums will begin to toughen up. The sensation of having your teeth covered will start feeling more normal too. Just like any unfamiliar device in your mouth, your curious tongue will want to explore and feel out this unfamiliar object. This is totally normal as well.

Lessen Initial Discomfort With Over The Counter Pain Medication

If your aligners are causing intense gum pain or headaches, it may be time to break out the anti-inflammatory pain medication.* This can significantly begin to reduce your pain within about half an hour. Ibuprofen is a good option for many people and can be taken throughout the day as needed.

You can take two Ibuprofen tablets every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Just follow the instructions on your Ibuprofen bottle. If you're concerned about any pre-existing conditions, have any questions about over the counter pain medication, or are unsure about how to properly take anti-inflammatory medicines, please contact our office.

Try Using a Cold Compress

A cold washcloth or ice pack can do wonders for individuals suffering from discomfort caused by a new aligner. Simply hold the ice pack or compress along your jawline at 15-minute intervals. This can help to reduce the inflammatory response that you may be feeling in your gums and jaw.

You can buy an ice pack, or make your own by freezing a sandwich bag with a few wet paper towels in it. Then, simply wrap your homemade ice pack in a soft washcloth and apply it as needed. This is a safe and effective method of pain relief that you can use as much as you would like.

Drink Chilled Beverages

Cold water, sugar-free drinks, and ice can help as well. Just like with an ice pack, this method of pain reduction is safe and effective. As orthodontists, we don't recommend sugary drinks or soda, as it can cause damage to your teeth.

Ice water is an amazing option that allows you to cool and soothe your mouth. You may also want to suck on ice cubes to relieve discomfort. You can make your own pain-relieving ice cubes by freezing sugar-free drinks in an ice cube tray.

Practice Good Dental Hygiene

Healthy teeth and gums tend to feel better. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth regularly. The healthier your gums are, the less they are likely to become irritated by your aligners.

If you have sensitive gums, we recommend a soft toothbrush with thin floss tipped bristles, an antiseptic mouthwash of some kind, and a toothpaste with fluoride. Your orthodontist can give you tips on how to care for your gums better for less pain throughout your Invisalign treatment.

Do Not Smoke or Vape

This one goes without saying. Not only does smoking stain your teeth, but it can weaken the blood vessels in your mouth leading to bleeding gums as well as a plethora of other issues. Additionally, e-cigarettes often contain substances that can cause dry mouth. Dry mouth can lead to sensitive gums, gum disease, and more. If you want to quit smoking, there are many helpful options available. Your doctor can help you find a way to quit smoking more easily. You don't want to finally get a straight smile just to lose your teeth!

Switch Aligners Before Bed

This can help you experience less pain as your teeth shift, move, and adjust to your new aligner. This is because you're likely to sleep through the pain.

Davis Orthodontics Is Here to Help

At Davis Orthodontics, we want your Invisalign treatment to be as painless as possible. Please feel free to call our offices for more tips about how you can reduce aligner pain. If your aligners are really bothering you, we may need to check their fit. Please contact us if you have questions or find yourself experiencing more pain than usual at any point during your treatment.

*These tips are not a substitute for medical advice from your orthodontist or licensed medical practitioner. Contact our offices or your doctor before attempting any new pain reduction techniques.