One of the most common questions that people ask before getting Invisalign treatment is whether or not it will hurt. Those familiar with traditional metal braces may know that the pain from the braces may never be intense or excruciating. However, there is a certain amount of pain that can come along with orthodontic treatment. Invisalign may not have the same level of pain or the same types of discomfort had with traditional metal braces, but that does not mean that Invisalign is completely pain-free. Moving teeth, straightening the bite, and adjusting the bite is bound to involve some discomfort.
Possible Sources of Pain
In general, Invisalign can be less painful than traditional metal braces. Like any type of orthodontic treatment, the pain will likely fade after the teeth have adjusted to wearing the aligners and to having new aligners swapped in and out. There may be a soreness that comes from the aligners pressing against the teeth, and there could also be discomfort that comes from getting used to the aligners in your mouth. By the time you need to switch out your first set of aligners for the next stage, most people find that their mouth has already fully adjusted to wearing the plastic retainers. Because the whole point of Invisalign treatment is to shift your bite into a straighter, healthier smile, the aligners will have to put pressure on the teeth. Putting pressure on the teeth can cause soreness. This soreness is typically described as discomfort rather than pain, and people often report it waning throughout treatment.
Always Talk It Out
Again, most patients usually report really any discomfort just for the first few days after putting in a new set of aligners. With any treatment, it is important to keep an open dialogue with your orthodontist and their team. When you are discussing Invisalign treatment, ask plenty of questions specific to your pain tolerance and expectations. During your treatment, it is always important to bring up how you are feeling as maybe it is something your orthodontist can mitigate, adjust, or talk to you about.
Do you have any Invisalign questions?
Dr. Cabal can talk to you about what to expect with Invisalign. To schedule a consultation at Lake Country Orthodontics, you can call our Ft. Worth, TX, office today at (817) 236-7846. We serve patients from White Settlement, North Fort Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and surrounding Texas communities.