Are Invisalign® Aligners Uncomfortable?

Are Invisalign® Aligners Uncomfortable?Straightening your teeth can have benefits way beyond just a straighter smile. Your oral health can improve. Your risks for tooth decay, gum disease, and TMJ disorder can decrease. Invisalign® treatment can offer a nearly invisible way to reach these benefits. One of the most common questions about Invisalign® is the question: are Invisalign® aligners uncomfortable? The short answer is that there can be some discomfort. Typically, it is temporary, tolerable, and ultimately something you can get used to. If you have this question or any other smile health question, talk to Dr. Cabal in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Adjusting to New Trays

Invisalign® treatment is a personalized treatment plan designed through digital technology and based on incremental progress. Every new set of tray will fit a bit differently as they are each designed to gently and gradually push your teeth in the correct alignment. During the first day or two of wearing a new aligner, it can feel like a lot of pressure. Over-the-counter pain medicine can typically provide enough relief for this adjustment period.

Irritating Tongue & Gums

Your tongue is a curious muscle. Each time there is something new or different in your smile, your tongue probably tends to investigate it, right? The edges of the aligner can irritate the tongue if the tongue rubs up against it. If you continue to have irritation to your tongue, gums, or other soft tissues in your mouth, it is important to talk to your orthodontist.

Mouth Soreness

The pressure that trays can put on your teeth can lead to soreness in the teeth and gums. If you experience this, try eating softer foods until the soreness fades away.

Drier Mouth

While you wear your aligners, the saliva in your mouth cannot reach your teeth and gums. This can increase the dryness in your mouth, which can be uncomfortable.

Invisalign® aligners can have a comfort learning curve

Temporary discomfort may be worth improved oral health. To schedule your consultation call Lake Country Orthodontics at (817) 236-7846. Located in Ft. Worth, TX, our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.