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Make Your Discomfort from New Invisalign Aligners Disappear

September 24, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — dentaljax @ 9:37 pm
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Remember when you bought your favorite soft t-shirt years ago and it had that annoying tag you decided to tear out? That awesome pair of walking shoes you have really weren’t that comfortable until you’d worn them a dozen times.

Sometimes it just takes building some familiarity with an item for it to shift from feeling weird to feeling normal. If you are experiencing Invisalign discomfort in the early days of wearing your aligners, fear not because there are many ways you can seek relief!

Why Would My Invisalign Feel Uncomfortable?

It’s not strange that you would feel some soreness with your Invisalign trays. This is true for all types of teeth alignment because your teeth are being gradually guided into entirely new positions.

Pressure is being put on your teeth, which triggers your jawbone tissue to start breaking down and clear a path for your teeth to shift. However, this can end up irritating the thin, sensitive ligaments around the teeth, as well as the nerves within them.

This process is controlled and safe, but it can still make your mouth feel quite tender. The pain should not be unbearable; it should be more like a tightness or a dull ache. If it is much worse, you should contact your dentist.

The good news is most normal discomfort should get better within a day or two of putting in a new Invisalign tray.

What Tips Can Help Ease Your Mouth’s Discomfort from Invisalign?

When you are facing normal Invisalign soreness, there are many routes to take for relief:

  • A cold compress is an excellent way to soothe the swollen and sore tissues in your mouth.
  • Take whatever pain medication you would normally take for a headache. It’s most effective one hour before switching trays, but don’t depend on medication for every switch.
  • Swish with warm saltwater since it helps reduce inflammation and sooth irritated tissues.
  • Drink or eat cold items like ice cream or popsicles.
  • Roll a tiny ball of orthodontic wax and mold it to cover an irritating orthodontic button or attachment.
  • Make your aligner switch right before bedtime. Hopefully you’ll be asleep during those most sensitive hours.
  • Avoid hard or crunchy foods when your mouth is already sore.
  • Use Invisalign Chewies, which are soft, spongy chewing devices that can help your new aligners fit more snugly on your teeth.
  • Ask your dentist to soften sharp or rough aligner edges.
  • Maintain regular dental checkups, which can detect problems that may contribute to your pain.
  • Exercise your mouth to encourage the movement of your teeth by munching on fresh veggies or sugar-free chewing gum.

Invisalign soreness is normal but temporary, and there are many ways to get relief. If some of these methods don’t work for you, be sure to discuss it with your dentist.

About the Practice

At Kind Care Dentistry, we strive to offer high-quality, personalized care to be your preferred dentist in Orange Park. We are proud to offer the most popular orthodontic system for adults, Invisalign. As a result of no wires being used, you can spend more time living life and less time in the treatment chair, although we look forward to seeing you every time. To schedule your initial consultation for Invisalign or to see our other dental services, visit our website or call (904) 278-9011.

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