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What Are the Discomforts Associated with Invisalign?


The days of being subjected to having a mouthful of metal in order to straighten your teeth have effectively been eliminated since the introduction of Invisalign. Before, braces required an individual to spend at least a few years with the unsightly appearance associated with braces, while also being prevented from eating certain items due to the possibility of the product becoming stuck to the braces or damaging them.

Braces as an Option

Any braces FAQ will note the many restrictions that are built in to wearing them. This includes banned foods and products, the cumbersome headgear process and the steps that will eventually involve wearing a retainer once the braces come off.

Available Alternatives

Potential patients looking for alternatives very likely might be confused as to other options. Two decades ago, there weren’t really any when a trip to the orthodontic office became necessary, but the introduction of Invisalign has changed the conversation in a dramatic way.  Now, both teenagers and adults can fix their teeth without friends and acquaintances even realizing it, thanks to Invisalign.

The Issue of Discomfort

One of the few drawbacks to this process is the discomfort that some patients will experience in the early stages because of the frequent change in aligners (also known as attachments or trays), which help incrementally reshape the teeth.

These aligners are made from lightweight plastic, which means they won’t be burdensome to either insert or remove. However, getting used to the frequent pain at the start of each new aligner can become an annoyance.

Since this may take place anywhere from a handful of times to virtually once a week, it’s best to get used to them by starting the first phase right before going to sleep for the night. That way, whatever initial discomfort is felt will likely not be felt as you sleep for hours.

The main discomforts that patients must deal with are:

  • Soft or tender teeth and gums: However, there are circumstances in which discomfort may present itself, with the most prominent example coming with regard to teeth and gums, where more pressure in this area might make a feeling of tenderness more pronounced, which likely means some pain is likely. It’s estimated that about half of these patients experience that feeling that has its origins in the aligners. Either removing them or putting them back in will be the cause. However, the good news is that this issue takes place in the earliest stages of the process, which means that as the gums and teeth get used to this happening, the level of pain slowly fades away.
  • Sore tongue: This generally takes place within the first week of a new aligner, and might be due to a sharper edge that’s causing the irritation. The feeling is much like the tip of the tongue has been burned.
  • Pain during eating or drinking: Taking out the attachments is suggested before eating, since the flexible alignments might be bent or cracked during eating. Since that force usually occurs with harder foods, it’s recommended that the first few days of wearing them should be coupled with eating soft foods. Also, wearing them while sleeping the first night or two will speed up the process of getting used to them with a minimum of effort. While liquids are okay to drink while wearing them, it’s best to avoid the extremes of ice cold and hot drinks and instead focus on either cool or room temperature water. That’s because those contrasts can damage the alignments.
  • Speaking issues: Wearing the attachments has the potential to affect an individual’s speech, causing them to either slur their words or speak with a lisp. While this isn’t a physical issue, it can still be upsetting for many people. However, taking the time to practice speaking with the attachments in private will help offer the user a better chance to positively adapt to their new situation.

The Differences with Invisalign Teen

While not necessary for adults, Invisalign Teen is for those who still have some of their baby teeth to adults. Additional aligners are included due to the hectic social life that many teenagers have, which may result in them misplacing or losing aligners that need to be worn in progression to get the most out of them.

Their youth also means that they may not be wearing the aligners as instructed by both the orthodontist and parents. Therefore, the Invisalign Teen aligners have a blue dot on each of them. The dot fades according to the prescribed schedule, so if the blue dot is still clearly evident after a period of time, parents can immediately tell and then instill the importance of wearing them to the teenager.

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The Orthodontic Answer

Nease and Higginbotham are the Gaffney orthodontics with the experience to handle this process. The personable staff that makes up their orthodontic office knows the ins and outs of this method and can aid you in making sure whatever discomfort you may have is limited in duration. So give them a call today at 864-579-7700.

Dr Nease Orthodontics 2455 E. Main Street Spartanburg, SC
29307 (864) 579-7700

What Are the Discomforts Associated with Invisalign?

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