How to Deal With Invisalign® Pain and Discomfort
Misalignment, crooked teeth, spaces between teeth, and other orthodontic issues can be detrimental to your oral health and dental aesthetics. That’s why it is always an excellent idea to visit our dentist in Seattle to get Invisalign®.
Invisalign in Ballard is an amazing teeth-straightening solution. It first came into the scene back in early 2000. It was a breath of fresh air for people coming to our dentistry in Ballard looking for an alternative to traditional braces.
But the issue is that people experience pain, soreness, and discomfort when using them. But the pain and discomfort are less than in metal braces and will vary from patient and patient.
Why Do You Feel Pain and Discomfort?
People will mostly experience pain when they start using the aligners and when they switch to the next aligner tray in the series. The pain arises because the teeth are moving into a new position.
Your mouth isn’t accustomed to this movement so it can be very uncomfortable. So, when your teeth are shifting into a new position, you will feel some discomfort. Your teeth will be sore for a few more days before getting used to the new position. Some patients will feel pain for a few days, while others will experience pain and discomfort throughout the treatment.
Most patients have described the pain caused by Invisalign as pressure. But remember that the aligners will always move your teeth to their desired positions, so if you feel some pressure, discomfort, or pain, it might mean that your teeth are shifting to their new position. So, it could be a sign that the aligners are working as they should.
Even though they could be working as they should, it doesn’t mean that you should embrace the pain and do nothing to reduce it. If you are in pain, you can do the following:
Use a Cold Compress
If you can get something cold such as an icepack, a bag of peas, or anything available to you, and place it against your skin, it will reduce the swelling and numb the painful area. If the swelling subsides, you will notice that the pain is less intense.
Use the cold compress, bag of peas, etc., for about ten minutes, break for another five minutes, and then place it again. You can continue with this pattern for about two hours. You can continue with this pattern throughout the day. Remember not to place the ice bag directly against your skin but wrap it in a cloth or towel.
Suck On Ice Cubes
Sucking on ice cubes is another excellent way of dealing with Invisalign pain. You don’t have to remove your aligners, but don’t chew the ice cubes. Ice cubes are hard, so if you chew them, you will hurt yourself since your teeth are sensitive. You might damage your aligners since you need to chew ice cubes using a lot of force.
Drink Cold Water
Drinking cold water will accomplish the same thing as using a cold compress. If you take it slowly, it could numb the area in pain. There’s no need to remove the aligners when drinking cold water. But don’t take any other drink while wearing your aligners since these drinks will stain the aligners and cause cavities.
You are always at liberty to use pain medication to help you deal with the pain and ease the discomfort. Just follow the instructions as prescribed, and you will be fine. You can take pain medication just before changing to the next aligner in the series.
Use Topical Painkillers
You can also go for topical painkillers that can be applied directly to your gums and teeth to reduce pain and soreness. When you want to use the topical painkiller, remove your aligners and then apply the painkillers directly to the affected area. The topical painkiller will numb the area, giving you relief.
Avoid Consuming Hard Foods
Remember that your teeth are sore, so when you indulge in eating hard foods such as crackers or nuts, you could feel a lot of pain when chewing the foods. Stick to foods that will not hurt your teeth, such as bread, eggs, etc.
Pain and discomfort are to be expected when you start using Invisalign. Therefore, it might get better with time as you keep using them.
In any case, Invisalign pain is much less than the pain you’d experience if you used traditional braces. But if you have an issue with your aligners, contact us at Ballard Dentistry to seek counsel.