Our patients often choose Invisalign® because the clear aligners are more discreet than other orthodontic options. But one concern patients have is if they will feel any pain during the course of treatment.
At Southwind Dental Care in Memphis, TN, Dr. Timothy S. Messer offers these tips to reduce Invisalign discomfort.
There are two main causes of Invisalign discomfort: tooth pressure and friction against the gum tissue.
Invisalign trays gradually move the teeth into better alignment through micro-movements. Each new tray is slightly different than the preceding tray to slowly move the teeth into alignment.
During the first few days after placing a new tray, you may feel pressure on specific teeth. The minor discomfort will gradually subside as those teeth move closer to their target, usually within a couple of days of tray placement.
Some of our Memphis patients experience discomfort caused by the edges of their aligner trays. While the trays are carefully constructed to not cut into the gums and cheeks, in some cases, minor irritation can occur.
An experienced dentist can help make sure that your treatment is as comfortable as possible. A qualified dentist can also diagnose and treat any side effects related to your Invisalign treatments. Dr. Messer has nearly 20 years of professional experience.
Invisalign trays must be worn for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours per day. The trays should only be removed while eating or brushing. If the aligner trays are worn for less than 20 hours per day, you risk extending your treatment timeline.
Failure to follow the 22-hour rule may also increase the level of discomfort you experience when you do place your trays. This is because when your trays are not in, your teeth may revert back to their original position.
If patients do report discomfort resulting from Invisalign treatments, it is typically during the first day or two after placing a new tray. This is the time when there is the greatest amount of pressure pushing your teeth into better alignment. It may be possible to sleep through this time by inserting new trays right before going to bed.
Your teeth may be sensitive while they are moving. Try avoiding hard foods such as nuts and candy that can aggravate your teeth. The first few days following the placement of your new aligners, you will find it easier to resume your normal eating habits.
In order for Dr. Messer to be of the most help, you will need to keep him updated on possible side effects during your periodic check-ups (typically every six weeks). At that time, Dr. Messer can adjust your trays if needed or recommend remedies.
To prevent potentially painful debris and food from building up on your tray, keep your Invisalign trays clean by brushing them with water. Be careful to avoid using toothpaste, which can leave a white residue on your clear trays. Cleaning your trays can also prevent gum disease and cavities.
The majority of our Memphis patients report minimal discomfort throughout their Invisalign treatment. If you are ready to enjoy the benefits of a more attractive smile, contact our office online or call (901) 751-1260.
I have been to several dentists in the Memphis Area and I have finally found THE ONE!! Dr. Messer is the best dentist I have ever been to. I have complete confidence in any procedure that he performs and I can't imagine ever going to any other dentist.