Invisalign, a widely embraced method for teeth straightening, has treated over 2.4 million patients since 1997, with 80,000 oral health specialists worldwide trained in its application. Despite its popularity, Invisalign, like any orthodontic appliance, may initially cause some discomfort as you adjust to its presence in your mouth. Here are some strategies to alleviate Invisalign discomfort, enhancing the overall pleasantness of your smile transformation journey.
How Invisalign Works
The Invisalign treatment method involves the application of pressure to your teeth, prompting them to exert force against the jawbone. This process initiates the breakdown of bone tissue, ultimately facilitating the gradual movement of the teeth to their desired positions.
Invisalign may cause some mild discomfort due to the faster tooth movement, but it usually goes away within a day or two of using a new tray. The treatment is flexible, making the adjustment period smoother and leading to the desired results with minimal inconvenience.
How to Relieve Discomfort
Here are some tips to alleviate Invisalign discomfort:
- Switch aligners before bedtime for comfort during the initial hours
- Exercise your mouth by chewing to expedite teeth movement
- Consume cold items like ice cream, removing Invisalign first
- Take dentist-approved headache or pain medicine
- Ask your dentist to smooth sharp aligner edges
- Use orthodontic wax for irritating attachments
- Avoid hard or crunchy foods with new aligners
- Apply an ice pack to reduce inflammation
- Utilize Invisalign chewies for a snug fit
- Rinse gums with warm salt water
If you find that none of the aforementioned measures effectively alleviate the discomfort associated with your Invisalign treatment, it is advisable to consult with your dentist. This step is crucial to ensure that there are no underlying issues with the aligners. Additionally, your dentist can provide personalized recommendations and tips to enhance the comfort of your Invisalign journey!
About the Practice
Place your oral health in the skilled hands of Dr. Anthony Dillard, serving Carrollton and neighboring communities. Dr. Dillard takes pride in delivering a comprehensive range of high-quality dental services, with a primary goal of maintaining your smile in a healthy, beautiful state that earns praise and ensures your satisfaction. In addition to general dental care, Dr. Dillard provides aligners to enhance the alignment and beauty of your smile. If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign and determining its suitability for your needs, feel free to reach out to Dr. Dillard’s office at (972) 394-1492 or visit his website.