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Guide to Dealing with any Discomfort Caused by Invisalign Braces

Guide to Dealing with any Discomfort Caused by Invisalign Braces

Posted by:  Admin
07th January, 2021

At museum dental we have noticed an increase in the popularity of Invisalign aligners as opposed to using metal braces to straighten teeth.  One of the things that our patients like best about Invisalign aligners is the fact that they are more comfortable than traditional braces, however some discomfort is still to be expected often at the beginning of treatment as the aligner trays are first fitted. In most cases this discomfort will be short lived. 

Over the counter pain medication

You can buy over the counter pain medication and that should be quite adequate for dealing with any pain caused by the Invisalign aligner trays. If there is also some swelling then medication such as aspirin or ibuprofen will help lessen the inflammation that you might find occurs around the gums and around the surrounding tissues as the aligners press onto the teeth.  if you do find that you suffer pain at the time that you change your trays try taking the pain medication in advance of the change.

A cold compress

For any discomfort or pain try pressing an ice pack or cold compress onto the cheek that will soothe the jaw the teeth and gums and will help to counter the inflammation.  if you do decide to use a cold compress or any ice please be sure that you do so only for short periods of time (no more than 20 minutes) and if you are using ice, wrap it in a towel or cloth to avoid injuring your skin.

Have a drink of cold water

Having a drink of cold water will help relieve any discomfort that you feel inside your mouth. Swishing some iced water around inside your mouth can help reduce any inflammation and will soothe the soft tissue inside the mouth.  only use cold water for this as other cold drinks may contain sugar or be acidic and increase your risk of suffering tooth decay.

Use ice cubes to suck on

In the same way that cold water will help, sucking on ice cubes will also help reduce pain and discomfort. Some patients report that they feel pain after they remove their aligners to eat or drink or brush or floss their teeth and, in this case, sucking on an ice cube before or after you have eaten or before you clean your teeth, is a good way to feel less pain

Switch to your next set of aligners before you go to bed

If pain and discomfort is felt during orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, it will mostly be when a set of aligners is being worn for the first time.  One tip would be to change your aligners before you go to bed so that your mouth can adjust to the new aligner while you are asleep 

Do not eat crunchy or hard foods if your mouth feels sore

Eating foods that are crunchy or hard can add to pain and discomfort when your mouth is already sore.  Avoid eating these foods to allow the soft tissues of your mouth to rest and recover.

Chew normally

Although it is true that chewing crunchy food can make the pain worse some people do find that eating harder foods can help as exerting a small amount of pressure on the trays and in turn on the gums can actually help to reduce any discomfort or pain felt.

Get rough aligner edges smoothed

Sometimes,  The edges of the Invisalign aligners might irritate the inner cheeks and gums although this is most commonly seen at the very beginning of treatment and the tissues will settle down when the aligner has been worn for some time.  If the problem persists however, you can go back to see your dentist who will be able to smooth the edges of the aligner for you.

Schedule your free consultation at Museum Dental Suites today to find out more about Invisalign.

 

 

 


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