Do Invisalign Aligners Cause Pain?
All forms of braces, including Invisalign, can cause some amount of pain or discomfort at the beginning of treatment. This is also true for the brief periods after appointments, as the teeth are straightened. This is cause by the strain that is being placed on the ligaments that hold the teeth in place. Here is more about why pain occurs and how it can be minimized.
Discomfort Brings a Better Smile
Discomfort during Invisalign treatment signifies that the aligners are doing their job. Without putting pressure on the teeth, Invisalign would not be able to straighten them. As the teeth adjust to the new forces being placed on them, this discomfort disappears over a few days until the aligners are switched again. Fortunately, this intermittent pain decreases as treatment progresses.
Pain Reduction Is Possible
You can reduce pain or discomfort from Invisalign in a few ways. In many cases, over-the-counter pain relievers will eliminate the discomfort. A bag of ice held over the outside of the face for 15 minutes where the pain is located can also help. If you choose this method, you can repeat it every few hours throughout the day. Finally, topical oral anesthetics, such as Orajel and Anbesol, can be applied directly to painful areas of the gums and will not interfere with treatment.
Invisalign treatment does include some of the pain experienced with metal braces, but it still lacks the abrasion associated with the brackets and wires. The techniques listed here can help you better tolerate the discomfort. At a consultation with our Invisalign dentist in Rocklin, Dr. Allen Sanders, you can learn more about pain during Invisalign.
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