Invisalign is designed for comfort. However, the comfort is relative; anytime you forcibly move your teeth, you are going to experience a degree of pain. Soreness may be particularly noticeable when you first start wearing Invisalign or when you switch to a new aligner. How can you deal with Invisalign discomfort in Arlington? Here are some useful tips.
Use Cold to Manage Swelling and Inflammation
Exposing your gums to cool temperatures can do much to calm inflammation and numb pain. You can apply a cold compress to the side of your face for about 20 minutes at a time. Alternatively, you can apply cold directly to your gums by sucking on a popsicle (preferably a sugar-free one). It’s also okay to indulge in ice cream once in a while. Keep in mind, though, that you should never eat any type of food while your aligners are in your mouth.
Take Pain Relievers
It is okay to use recommended dosages of over the counter pain relievers to take the edge off of your discomfort. Use whatever type of medication you would normally use to treat a headache. You might get the best results if you take it about an hour before you switch to a new aligner; this will give it time to kick in. Of course, it is best not to rely on pain medications every time you switch a new aligner, but occasional use is perfectly acceptable.
Swish with Warm Saltwater
Saltwater is useful for calming inflammation and soothing irritated gum tissue. Simply dissolve half a teaspoon of table salt into a glass of warm saltwater. Swish with it for 30 – 60 seconds a few times to experience relief.
Switch to Your New Aligner at Night
The discomfort from a new aligner tends to be at its worst in the hours after you first begin to wear it. Therefore, you might find it best to switch to a new aligner right before you go to bed. You’ll be able to sleep through the initial adjustment period.
Don’t Be Afraid to Reach Out to Your Dentist
Your Invisalign provider wants you to have an enjoyable, successful treatment. If your aligners ever cause you severe or abnormal pain, do not hesitate to reach out to them. Also, if you notice that any of your aligners have a sharp edge that could damage your gum tissue, your dentist may be able to soften it.
Mild discomfort is a normal part of the Invisalign process — the pain means that it is working! With the above tips, you should be able to mitigate any soreness you experience and get through your treatment as easily as possible.
Meet the Author
Dr. Ravi Doctor is an award-winning dentist who is proud to have a certification from the American Academy of Orthodontics. Invisalign and ClearCorrect clear aligners are among the many services he offers. If you have questions about what to expect with clear aligner therapy, he would be happy to talk with you. Contact our practice at 817-274-8667.