Invisalign marketing materials often promote the “comfort” of Invisalign compared to braces. And, in many ways, Invisalign is a lot more comfortable. You can remove your aligners to eat and drink and to brush and floss. Invisalign also doesn’t have any wires or brackets that may poke your mouth.
But does that mean Invisalign is supposed to be pain-free? Is it normal for your Invisalign trays to hurt your teeth when you wear them? Find out now in this blog from Myers + Co Family Dentistry.
Invisalign can cause some pain and discomfort. This is completely normal, and it’s usually the most noticeable when you switch to a new set of aligners, which is usually done about every 2 weeks for most Invisalign patients.
Why does Invisalign hurt? It’s simple. Because it’s putting pressure on your teeth, and moving them to a new position. Each aligner is custom-built to push your teeth into a specific position in your mouth. Your teeth don’t like this. They want to stay where they are, but Invisalign won’t let them.
So eventually, Invisalign wins this battle. After about 2-3 days of wearing your new aligners, your teeth will have mostly shifted to their new position. This is also when you may feel the most discomfort.
After this, your teeth will adjust to their new position in your mouth, and you won’t feel any more discomfort until you swap to your next set of Invisalign aligners. Then, the process will repeat. Your teeth will have to move again, and you may feel some pain and discomfort until they’ve adjusted to their new position in 2-3 days.
Wondering how you can deal with pain from Invisalign? Here are a few tips that our Cary cosmetic dentist usually recommends for patients at Myers + Co Family Dentistry in Cary.
At Myers + Co. Family Dentistry, Dr. Sarah Myers is a certified Invisalign dentist and can help you explore the possibility of this popular braces alternative. If you’d like to straighten your smile in Cary, contact us online or give us a call at (919) 851-5166 to schedule an orthodontic consultation. We’re always accepting new patients, so take the first steps toward a straighter smile today.