Dr Aly Kanani offers Invisalign® as a way to straighten teeth without the need for metal brackets and wires. If you're considering Invisalign to straighten your teeth, you may be wondering if Invisalign treatment will hurt. Here is what other Invisalign patients tell our orthodontists...
Choosing the Orthodontic Treatment That's Right for You
Comfort is bound to be a key consideration as you're deciding which orthodontic treatment is right to straighten your smile. Our Invisalign patients tell us that their clear aligners don’t cause them pain as such, just slight discomfort that you become accustomed to and stop noticing after a while.
It's a good idea to think of Invisalign aligners sort of like a new pair of shoes; once you've worn them for a while, you gradually become more comfortable with how they feel.
The Adjustment Period
Regardless of which orthodontic treatment you decide to go with there will be a brief and perhaps uncomfortable adjustment period as your mouth become accustomed to your new device. This is the case whether you choose braces or Invisalign to straighten your teeth.
Just like braces, Invisalign clear aligners put light targeted pressure on your teeth to gradually shift them to where you want them. That pressure can cause some discomfort, particularly in the first few days after putting in a new set of aligners. However, this discomfort will gradually wear off, until you switch to the next set in your series.
No Brackets or Wires to Cause Irritation
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign doesn't have bulky brackets or wires to poke or rub the inside of your mouth. That said, your clear aligners could still cause some irritation as your mouth gets used to them. We understand that it can be unpleasant but try to be patient. Given a little time your gums and cheeks will toughen up and your aligners should stop causing irritation.