Tips for Adjusting to Invisalign

By Thomas G. Zarger Jr., D.D.S. on January 24, 2019

Female patient placing Invisalign tray over teethInvisalign has become a popular alternative to traditional braces. Many patients opt for these clear removable trays because they are more discreet in appearance than braces.

At the practice of Dr. Thomas Zarger in Knoxville, TN, our team offers a few helpful tips for adjusting to Invisalign.

Dealing with Discomfort

Invisalign is fabricated from a special thermoplastic material that is designed to minimize soft tissue irritation. While the treatments are considered less painful than traditional metal braces, discomfort associated with Invisalign treatment may be noticeable during the first few days after a new aligner is used.

With this in mind, here are some tips on how to adjust.

  • Time your new aligners so you switch to brand new aligners before bedtime. The greatest period of discomfort is in the immediate hours after using new aligners because your teeth are experiencing the greatest amount of movement. By putting in new aligners before a full night’s sleep, you can avoid this period of discomfort.
  • In the days following the use of new aligners, avoid foods that are hard or irritating on your gums.
  • If the upper edges of the aligners are rubbing on your gums, consult Dr. Zarger. The aligners can be adjusted as needed.
  • If pain continues to persist, consult Dr. Zarger or his staff about over-the-counter pain remedies.

Speaking with Invisalign

Some patients have trouble speaking when they put on their first Invisalign aligner. This should go away within a few days. Try practicing speaking or making the sounds that are giving you trouble to speed up your adjustment period.

How Long Does It Take to Adjust to Invisalign?

Most patients adjust to speaking with their Invisalign aligners in within the first week of use.

As for discomfort, this can last for a couple of days after you switch to each aligner. While discomfort is no fun, keep in mind that it is temporary and a sign that your teeth are shifting into position.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign treatment has the same goal as traditional metal braces: to straighten the teeth. Traditional braces use metal bands, brackets, and wires to move the teeth into position; Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable, custom trays to gently move teeth into proper alignment.

Depending on the orientation of your teeth, more than a dozen aligner trays may be needed. Each aligner is worn in a specific order every two weeks to encourage a gradual but consistent transition to straighter teeth.

Good candidates for Invisalign may have any of the following.

  • Crooked teeth
  • Overcrowding
  • Overbite or underbite
  • Crossbite or open bite
  • Spacing or gaps

As with traditional braces, slight discomfort and short periods of soreness around certain teeth should be expected.

Explore Your Options

From your initial consultation to the fabrication of your trays, Dr. Thomas Zarger and our team at Knoxville Dental Makeover will personally guide you through every step of the process. To schedule an appointment at our office, contact us online or call (865) 693-7631.

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