July 26, 2019

Do Invisalign Braces Hurt?

This method is certainly a lot easier, but is it still painful? Here’s what you need to know.

Invisalign is a great technology and helps with teeth alignment issues in a unique way. Instead of having to have brackets attached to your teeth with wires and rubber bands, you use a simple clear aligner that moves your teeth into position over time.

Essentially, this method functions as a more complex version of a retainer. Where a retainer slips on and off easily to hold your teeth in their current position, Invisalign braces work to move teeth using plastic aligners that are shifted slightly over time. 

This method is certainly a lot easier, but is it still painful? Here’s what you need to know.

Where Does Braces Pain Come From?

Those who’ve thought about having braces know that they should expect some discomfort. It’s not a sharp pain, but there’s definitely an ache that comes from having your teeth shifted into the proper place. 

When you wear metal braces, there are a few additional sources of pain. The brackets rubbing against the inside of your mouth can be very uncomfortable. The placement of the wire can hurt as well. Fortunately, over time your mouth becomes used to these items and these issues become less significant.

What about Invisalign braces? They are often advertised as being almost pain-free. Is it true?

Discomfort With Invisalign

I’m sorry to break this to you, but Invisalign braces are not completely pain-free. After all, you are still moving teeth into a new position, which is going to cause discomfort no matter how slowly it’s done.

The soreness is strongest right after you put in a new set of aligners. That’s because they are pressing against your teeth trying to move them into position for the next shift. However, once you get used to it, it’s easy to simply forget about and continue the treatment without much thought.

The good news is that Invisalign doesn’t have metal wires and brackets to rub on your mouth. However, they still have edges. The edges are not sharp like brackets are but they can push against your gums or mouth and cause discomfort.

Within the first couple of weeks, your mouth will adjust to the sensation of having the aligners in and you won’t feel the irritation anymore. 

You Shouldn’t Have Sharp Pain

Whether you’re using metal or Invisalign braces, you should never have extreme or sharp pain. If you do, it’s possible that a cut has occurred or that a wire or bracket has broken. There could also be an issue with a tooth.

If you have sharp or unusual pain, don’t tough it out. If you fail to get it looked at, more damage could occur. Instead, call your orthodontist right away and schedule an appointment to be seen. We can help you avoid significant problems and increase your comfort.

Get Evaluated for Invisalign Braces Today

If you’re interested in Invisalign braces, we’d love to help you find out if it’s a great fit for you. Not all alignment needs can be addressed using Invisalign, but many can.

If you’d like more information on what Invisalign can do for you, contact Hodge Orthodontics today. We’re here to make your smile beautiful! 

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