Does Invisalign Hurt?

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Does Invisalign Hurt?

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Starting any orthodontic treatment often comes with concerns about potential discomfort. A common question on the minds of many patients at Noranda Orthodontics is “Does Invisalign hurt?” Let’s explore what factors could contribute to any discomfort that may be experienced.

Invisalign may cause some minor initial discomfort.

Like any orthodontic treatment, Invisalign may cause initial discomfort as the teeth adjust to the pressure made by the aligners. When a new set of aligners is introduced, particularly in the early stages of treatment, it’s normal to experience some soreness. This discomfort is often described as a feeling of pressure on the teeth, and is a sign that the aligners are working to move the teeth into their desired positions.

You might have some slight soft tissue irritation.

Sometimes Invisalign aligners may cause mild irritation to the soft tissues of the mouth, such as the cheeks and tongue. This is typically a temporary issue that tends to improve as the mouth adjusts to the presence of the aligners. Buffing the aligner with an emery board/nail file will alleviate irritation and provide a smoother surface for the soft tissues.  Also, mindfully stopping habits such as licking the edge of the aligner or chewing on the aligners can help prevent irritation from the aligners.

What happens as you transition between aligners?

As patients progress through their Invisalign treatment plan, they switch to new sets of aligners approximately every one to two weeks. During this transition, there may be a brief period of heightened sensitivity as the teeth adjust to the new aligners. This discomfort is generally manageable and tends to subside within a few days. 

How should you manage discomfort?

Fortunately, there are several strategies to manage any discomfort associated with Invisalign:

  • Over-the-counter Pain Relief: Non-prescription pain relievers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol can be effective in alleviating mild to moderate discomfort. It’s essential to follow the recommended dosage guidelines.
  • Emery Board/Nail File: Buffing the edges of the aligners can create a smoother surface, reducing the likelihood of irritation to the soft tissues.
  • Follow your Orthodontist’s Instructions: Adhering to the orthodontist’s instructions regarding wear time and transition between aligners is crucial for minimising discomfort. If you aren’t wearing your aligners for the recommended hours, pushing aligners that aren’t properly fitting onto your teeth will increase treatment discomfort.

It’s important to note that individual experiences with Invisalign discomfort can vary widely. Factors such as pain tolerance, the type of tooth movement, and adherence to the prescribed treatment plan can influence the level of discomfort a patient may experience.

Having open communication with Noranda Orthodontics is key. If a patient experiences persistent or significant discomfort, it’s important to discuss these concerns with the orthodontic team who can provide guidance, reassurance, and, if necessary, make adjustments to the treatment plan to enhance comfort.

While some discomfort may be associated with Invisalign, particularly during the initial stages and transitions between aligners, it is generally manageable and temporary. Generally, any initial discomfort is outweighed by the benefits of a more comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, and convenient orthodontic experience. If you’d like to learn about Invisalign as a treatment option, why not book a consultation online with Dr Trudy Stewart and her wonderful team at Noranda Orthodontics, or phone the practice on (08) 9276 1179.