Moving teeth. That is what Invisalign does. Think about it for a second. Try and move a tooth with your finger…hurts a bit, huh? Invisalign may be a clear alternative to braces, but that doesn’t mean it’s a pain free one.
Let’s look at some the more popular ways to relieve pain from Invisalign:
1. Let your mouth adjust – Your first few aligner sets are usually the most painful as your teeth and jaw adjust to this new piece inside of it. Most users report a dramatic drop in pain and adjustment to Invisalign after around 2 weeks.
2. Take drugs (the legal kind!) – Over the counter pain pills like acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help dull the pain of the teeth movement caused by Invisalign Braces. Remember, no one said beauty didn’t come with a price! But that doesn’t mean you can’t dull the pain a bit.
3. Got a sore? – If you’re experience spots of pain try using an oral anesthetic like Anbesol and Orajel. These will lessen the pain temporarily.
4. Suck it up – You wan’t those perfect sets of choppers? It’s going to take some sacrifice. Braces have similar discomforts as Invisalign, but hey, at least you’re not a metal mouth. You’re just a clear “ouchy mouth”
In all seriousness, most pain will lessen, especially after a few days into each new aligner set. If the pain is so bad its starting to interfere with your lifestyle (remember why you got Invisalign in the first place?), consult your practice where you are being treated and let them know you’re having an abnormal amount of pain.