Our dentists at Saba Road Dental Center in Richmond BC offer Invisalign to help patients achieve straighter, healthier smiles. If you're considering Invisalign to straighten your teeth, you may be wondering whether treatment with Invisalign's clear aligners is painful. Our dentists explain...
Do Invisalign aligners hurt?
If you're deciding which orthodontic treatment is best to straighten your smile, comfort is bound to be a key factor. So you may be wondering whether Invisalign's clear aligners are painful to wear. Patient feedback tells us that the aligners can sometimes cause a slight discomfort which gradually diminishes as you adjust to wearing the aligners.
Try thinking of Invisalign aligners as you would a new pair of shoes; they gradually become more comfortable as you continue to wear them. Although you may find that the aligners cause you some discomfort at first, you should gradually get used to the feeling until it no longer bothers you.
Does it take long to get used to wearing Invisalign clear aligners?
In order to shift your teeth into their corrected positions all orthodontic treatments apply pressure to your teeth. The pressure caused by your Invisalign aligners may cause some discomfort, but it will about the same as the discomfort caused by other orthodontic treatments. So the fact is, that no matter which orthodontic treatment you choose, there is going to be an uncomfortable adjustment period when your treatment first begins but it shouldn't last long.
Those patients who do experience discomfort from their aligners tend to feel it for the first few days after putting in a new set of aligners, then they gradually begin to notice it less until changing to the next set of aligners.
While Invisalign's aligners don't have any metal brackets or wires to rub against the soft tissues of your mouth, you should be aware that the aligners could still irritate your mouth when your treatment first begins. If you experience discomfort on the inside of your mouth due to the irritation, try to be patient. It won't take long for your gums and cheeks to toughen up, then the aligners should begin to feel more comfortable.