One of the many benefits of Invisalign® treatment is that, it is a relatively comfortable and gentle way to straighten misaligned teeth. That is not to say, however, that Invisalign is a promise for pain-free straightening in every individual who undergoes the process. Although rare, some patients do experience Invisalign pain to a certain degree – some more intense then others.
The type and severity of Invisalign pain that a patient can experience, varies from individual to individual. Most patients do feel a bit of pressure on their teeth but this is relativity short-lived, and treatment options are simple and effective. For most experiencing some discomfort, the majority of the invisalign pain comes at the very beginning of treatment, just after the first set of aligners (clear plastic trays that are worn over the teeth) or subsequent sets are inserted. Due to the nature of the Invisalign process, the aligners fit very snugly over the teeth as they work to gradually guide the teeth into their proper alignment, and that can cause feelings of pressure, or overall discomfort in the mouth.
Similarly, some Invisalign pain can occur when a new aligner is inserted which is typically inserted every two weeks or as prescribed by the treating dentist. Over time, this discomfort becomes further minimized as the teeth begin to move into their new aligned positions. Regardless of what stage you’re at in your Invisalign treatment, any pain from placement of your new or next set of aligners you might experience is likely to last for only a few hours at most. Your initial aligners are typically placed at your aligner insertion visit and any apparent tightness will begin to dissipate over several hours. An over-the-counter analgesic such as Advil or Motrin can help minimize this tightness for those that need the relief. As such, it is recommended to change into your next aligners at nighttime, right before bed, so that any discomfort can be slept off and will be minimum or even gone when you wake up.
“After inserting a new set of aligners you might have some tightness as well minimum discomfort, but it dissipates after an hour or two hours,” says Dr. Richard M. Weledniger, of Melville, NY. “When you change into your new set of aligners, we recommend inserting them before you go to sleep. And, by the time you get up in the morning, the “newness” will be gone as well as most of the tight feeling. Another advantage of inserting your new aligners before sleep is that the aligners will stay in your mouth for a solid six to eight which increases the efficiency of your initial wearing of this new next set of aligners.”
Considering how rare Invisalign pain from wearing the Invisalign aligners are and how easily treated it is when discomfort does occur, this is one case in which the final result – a straight, healthy smile that as Dr. Weledniger phrases, “can possibly require fewer invasive dental procedures down the road”, considerably outweighs any of the side effects of the treatment. And especially when taking into account the emotional and/or physical pain that an uneven smile can cause in a person’s life, a couple hours of slight discomfort every two weeks has rarely been known to dissuade a patient from choosing Invisalign.
“As a matter-of-fact, patients suffering from their unhappy smiles are highly motivated. Our patients report minimum to really no discomfort with their aligners” says Dr. Weledniger. “It might be a tooth out of position. It might be a gap. It might just be the visual crowded “jumbled” teeth that bring our patients to us for Invisalign. We have seen and continue to see amazing transformations into more beautiful smiles for patients that have never really been able to smile before. For many, this is a life-changing experience. It literally can have positive effects on personality and business success. And, healthy smiles can contribute very highly for social interactions.”
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