Invisalign is an excellent option for individuals who wish to achieve a straighter smile. The aligners gradually shifting the teeth for a given period of time depending on the patient and their customized treatment plan. However, with this process, some patients may claim that the aligners are causing their teeth to “hurt,” from time to time. To explain this uncomfortable feeling that some patients may experience requires how the process of Invisalign works.
Simply, the aligners are meant to fit snugly on the teeth in order to apply the appropriate pressure to the teeth so that the teeth can gradually shift to the desired position. This can cause the teeth to “hurt” or be uncomfortable for patients because of the pressure. However, compared to the pain of traditional braces, the discomfort of Invisalign is much less severe and typically only lasts for a few days after switching into a new set of aligners. If a new set of aligners continues to hurt after a week or so, we suggest that you contact us immediately so that we can check the fit of the aligners. The last thing we want is for our patients to experience discomfort or pain during their Invisalign process.
If transitioning into a new set of aligners leaves you feeling uncomfortable, you can try two different options depending on what best suits you. Option one, being that you could ride out the discomfort until it settles since it should subside quickly or option two, you could take ibuprofen or another over-the-counter pain reliever that works for you. Either method you decide to use, you can be certain that the discomfort should subside.
For patients that are currently receiving Invisalign treatment and may be feeling discomfort from their aligners, we ask that you contact Richmond, Virginia Orthodontics if pain persists over a week after switching into a new set of aligners.
Additionally, for those that may be thinking about Invisalign, but are not sure of how it works or what to expect, we ask that you please contact us for more information! Invisalign is a great treatment option for those looking for straighter smiles and we would love to help you achieve that.