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Invisalign may cause some mild and temporary discomfort when a new aligner is fitted.


If you would like to straighten your teeth but would prefer a more discreet treatment than traditional braces, you might consider Invisalign. Invisalign clear aligners are made from BPA-free plastic and are virtually invisible. But does Invisalign cause pain and discomfort throughout the course of treatment? The goods news is that Invisalign aligners are very comfortable and most patients experience very little pain and irritation. That said, you may experience some mild discomfort when you have a new aligner placed — read on to find out how long you can expect this side effect to last, and why you might consider the treatment…

Does Invisalign cause pain?

Invisalign clear aligners shouldn’t cause any pain, although you may experience some mild discomfort when you first have your aligners fitted. As with any orthodontic treatment, your teeth will feel the effects of pressure being applied to them, and this sensation can feel a little uncomfortable, to begin with. Fortunately, clear aligners don’t have any wires or brackets so you should not feel any irritation in the gums and other soft tissues in the mouth.

Any discomfort that you feel as a result of a new Invisalign aligner should only last for a few days. You will need to change your aligner every two weeks or so, which means that you may feel some mild discomfort every time you wear a new aligner for the first time. Your teeth should, however, adapt fairly quickly, and any pain will be temporary.

How can you ease the discomfort?

If you experience some discomfort as a result of the pressure that is applied to your teeth by a new aligner, it can be helpful to sip on some cold water. This may provide some relief and soothe any soreness that you feel. You can also suck on some small ice cubes, but make sure that you don’t bite or chew them as this can cause damage to your aligners.

One of the best ways to adapt to your new aligners is to wear them as much as possible. The more you wear your aligners, the sooner your teeth will begin to shift into their new positions. You may choose to put in your new aligner just before you go to bed so that you can sleep through the initial discomfort — by the time you wake up in the morning, you may find that the worst of the discomfort has already subsided.

If your teeth feel sensitive when you eat, try and choose easy-to-chew foods like soft fruits and vegetables. Avoid hard and crunchy foods until you have adapted to your orthodontic treatment. Once any discomfort has subsided, you will be able to eat anything you like. Just be sure to remove your aligner anytime you eat or drink, and when you brush your teeth.

Why consider Invisalign?

Besides some initial discomfort, Invisalign is a very comfortable form of treatment. With the help of Invisalign, it is possible to straighten your teeth discreetly, plus the treatment is very convenient as the aligners are completely removable.

Invisalign treatment is planned with the use of state-of-the-art 3D scans and each treatment plan is completely customised to suit the individual patient. Although each patient is different, one can expect to wear clear aligners for anywhere between 9 and 24 months.

How can we help?

At South Yarra Orthodontics, we offer Invisalign for patients who would like to straighten their teeth in a way that is discreet and comfortable. Besides Invisalign, we also offer Invisalign Teen, which is specially designed for tweens and teenage patients. To find out more about these treatments, please have a look here.

If you would like to come in and see us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to arrange an appointment. If you have any questions about Invisalign and what the treatment process involves, our team is happy to address them for you.