Does Invisalign Treatment Hurt?

As you change out your Invisalign trays, you will feel a bit of soreness associated with the pressure that is being put against your teeth. Each Invisalign tray is made to shift your teeth little by little. Your teeth are shifted as the Invisalign trays are changed throughout weeks that you are changing them. You will only feel soreness when you first start wearing Invisalign trays, or when you change to a new set of Invisalign trays.

How Often Do You Have to Get New Invisalign Trays

Typically, your dentist or orthodontist will give you 3 sets of Invisalign trays every six weeks. Most patients will return to the dentist for a check up every six weeks. During this appointment you will get new sets of trays and the dentist will take a look at the progress of your alignment treatment.

As previously mentioned, your teeth may be sore when you put in your new Invisalign trays. The soreness should last no more than a day until your teeth have shifted enough to fit in the tray more comfortably. The soreness that you will feel is nothing that can’t be handled. Most describe it as a sensitivity in the teeth as you bite down.

How to Reduce Soreness From Invisalign

Now that you know your teeth will be sore when you start wearing each new Invisalign tray, you are probably wondering if there is anything you can do to minimize the pain. Most dentists will recommend that you take over the counter pain relief medication to reduce the pain.

You can take medication once you are planning to put in your new Invisalign trays. Once you take your medication, the soreness should recede.

Wear New Invisalign Trays Before Bed

Sometimes it can help if you put in your new Invisalign trays just before you go to sleep. This will give the trays time to adjust to your teeth while you are asleep and hopefully, you will wake up with minimal discomfort.

If you can go to sleep with the initial pain of putting in your new set of Invisalign trays, most of the pain should be over with by the time you wake up in the morning.

What to Expect After You Get Your Invisalign Trays

Invisalign is a popular clear aligner system that helps to gradually shift your teeth into place over time. The Invisalign process begins with an initial consultation with your dentist or orthodontist to see if you are a good candidate for treatment. If you are, impressions or digital scans of your teeth will be taken and used to create a customized treatment plan just for you. From there, you will be given your first set of Invisalign trays to wear.

Wearing Invisalign is generally very comfortable, but as with anything new, there may be a period of adjustment as you get used to wearing the trays. You may experience some soreness in your teeth and gums for the first few days, but this is normal and should go away within a few hours or so.

Contact Lane and Associates Family Dentistry for Invisalign

If you are interested in getting Invisalign and are located in North Carolina, contact Lane and Associates today. We have many offices across NC and we would love to help give you the smile of your dreams.

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