Are your Invisalign aligners causing you pain? Sadly, a little discomfort is very common during orthodontic treatments. Luckily though, there are a few simple ways to reduce your Invisalign pain. Read on for our top tips.
What Causes Invisalign Pain?
Before we share our tips, let’s first discuss what causes Invisalign pain in the first place. Invisalign aligners work in the same way that braces do: they put constant, gentle pressure on the teeth in order to gradually shift their position. This pressure is what causes discomfort, especially right after you switch to a new aligner tray. However, this discomfort should be mild. It should also disappear after a few days. If you find the pain to be severe, then it’s best to visit your dentist or orthodontist.
Preventing Invisalign Pain
Before you switch to a new tray, you might want to take an OTC pain reliever. This can help to take the edge off any discomfort. (Of course, ask your dentist before you turn to medications). You might also want to avoid hard or chewy foods as these can irritate sensitive teeth. Finally, remember to brush and floss regularly. It sounds obvious, but it can have a huge impact on your comfort level!
Keep Your Trays in Place
If you are dealing with discomfort, then you might be tempted to take a “break” from your Invisalign, even just for a few hours. While this is certainly tempting, it’s actually a bad idea in the long run. Invisalign trays need to be in place for a specific number of hours in order to work properly. Plus, removing the trays only means that it will take you longer to adjust to them. Stick to your Invisalign schedule, and you will be feeling better in no time.
Still Struggling With Invisalign Pain?
As we mentioned, any pain that you feel from your aligners should be mild. If you are dealing with more serious pain, then it’s time to talk to your dentist. Your aligner might be irritating a part of your mouth, or you may have another issue that is preventing a proper and/or comfortable fit. If you have questions or concerns about Invisalign, then call our team today.