How Painful Is Invisalign Treatment?
One of the most common questions we hear about Invisalign Treatment in Pasadena is whether or not they hurt. Those who have gone through Orthodontic Treatment in Pasadena with traditional metal braces know that the pain they feel might never be intense, and the pain lies for a certain amount of time.
Choosing an Invisalign in Pasadena gives you a fewer adjustment to make than if you choose traditional metal braces that still require adjustments with minor discomfort. Invisalign is often known as being pain-free, but, it is less painful than the metal braces. The pain mainly occurs when moving teeth and straightening a bite. How painful is Invisalign? And what are the ways to relieve that pain? Here we will be discussing the Invisalign pain level and how to alleviate the pain during the treatment.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a set of clear plastic aligners that replaces brackets and traditional braces. It does the work of traditional braces in less time and without any discomfort. Invisalign clear aligners are custom made with smart track material that fit snugly over your teeth and is clinically proven to control your teeth movement, rotating, and gently moving them.
How Painful is Invisalign?
For most people having an Invisalign causes discomfort, a discomfort that you get used to and later forget. But, for those with low pain tolerance, it can be very uncomfortable and painful. Invisalign treatment does hurt but it is less painful than metal braces, and like many types of Orthodontic Treatment in Pasadena the pain fades once the teeth get adjust to wearing Invisalign aligners. The sources of pain when it comes to Invisalign are:
- Pain that comes from the Invisalign aligners pressing against the teeth.
- Pain that comes with having Invisalign in your mouth.
The edges of Invisalign aligners can be irritating to your gums and the insides of your lips. Over the first couple of weeks, your mouth will get adjust to the feeling of wearing an Invisalign and develop necessary calluses to prevent irritation.
Invisalign isn't a completely pain-free treatment. The important reason for wearing an Invisalign in Pasadena is to shift your teeth and make it straighter and healthier. To move your teeth, slight pressure is placed on your teeth with the help of aligners. Putting pressure on the teeth means pain. This pain can occur during the first few days after placing a fresh set of Invisalign, but it eventually wanes, until it is time to put another set of Invisalign aligners.
There is another pain which is caused by the rough and sharp edge of the Invisalign aligners. This pain is caused by the improper finishing of Invisalign and can be easily remedied by talking to our Pasadena Orthodontist Dr. Sunyoto and inform them where the rough and sharp edge is.
Tips for Reducing Invisalign Pain:
Pain and discomfort during Invisalign treatment are manageable. Below are four tips for reducing pain during the Invisalign Treatment in Pasadena.
- Cold Compresses: Pain can be reduced by applying cold compresses to the external jaw. These can be performed in the 10-minute segment with two to three times per day.
- Have a Soft Food Diet: It's best to avoid hard, chewy, or crunchy foods for the first couple of days. Our Pasadena Orthodontist recommends eating soft, colder foods that require less chewing.
- Switch to New Set of Invisalign before Bedtime: If you've experienced pain when switching to a new set of Invisalign, try replacing them at bedtime. This allows you to sleep through the first few hours when the pain is most noticeable.
- Take a Pain Reliever: If you’re experiencing pain that is caused by tensing your jaw or even grinding your teeth then a pain killer might be a better choice. If you’re not sure what to take, consult our Pasadena Orthodontist Dr. Sunyoto. This medication will be helpful during the first two or three days.
If you’re experiencing pain due to the roughness or sharpness of Invisalign in Pasadena then you can bring your Invisalign to our Dental Office in Pasadena or schedule an appointment by calling us at (626) 584-1800