How To Deal With Common Invisalign Discomforts

October 12, 2019

Though the Invisalign method of teeth straightening is far preferable to old-school metal braces (for a multitude of reasons), dental patients can experience some minor Invisalign discomforts. We are going to take a closer look at just what those discomforts may entail, and how to deal with them should they arise.

With minimal impact on the daily life of dental patients and offering up a fresh new way to straighten teeth, the orthodontic treatment known as Invisalign is one of the most requested treatments to date – and it shows no sign of becoming any less popular. For closing gaps between teeth or treating an incorrect bite, the option of traditional metal braces does still exist. There’s also the option, should you want to drink or eat without interference, of invisible plastic aligner trays.

With so many choices, you may feel that you need a little guidance. So, to assist you in making your decision for the best personal comfort and oral health, the following should be useful.

Tray Transfer Discomfort

As previously mentioned, should you want to eat food without interference, you can remove Invisalign trays. The thing is, you may also end up experiencing some discomfort during removal and replacement. As the treatment progresses, most of the discomfort should go away. Make sure you follow your orthodontist’s “how-to” advice.

Transition Pressure

During orthodontic treatment, in order for teeth to move to the desired position, pressure must be applied. This can result, at first, in mild soreness because your mouth detects the pressure. As you move to the next level of aligners, you are more likely to notice this pressure. To sleep through the discomfort of new aligners, try putting them on right before bed.

With traditional metal braces, it was necessary to tighten them occasionally. The dental patient would experience pain after every time the braces were tightened – usually lasting a day or two.

Speech Issues On Occasion

You may notice, at first, some difficulty speaking when using the Invisalign system. Because the trays fit over your teeth, your lips and tongue will fit differently against your teeth. Though it shouldn’t interrupt your normal routine, you may feel like you’re experiencing a difference in your speech. It’s likely that it is more noticeable to you than to others.

Tongue Trouble

Because something is different inside your mouth, the front of your tongue may become temporarily irritated. Once your trays have been worn for a while, this should subside.


Normally, saliva washes through your mouth. This may be partially prevented by the plastic aligners. The result can be a slight dryness of your teeth, gums, and in your cheeks. Stay hydrated and rinse your mouth with water.

Soft Tissue Soreness

Some minor adjustments may be needed with your new aligner trays. Where the aligners touch, along the inside your cheeks, and along your gums, you may notice some irritation or soreness. If this happens, do not attempt self-adjustments. Rather, make an appointment with your orthodontist as soon as possible so they can relieve any causes of irritation. The orthodontists at Real Smile Dental can fill you in on pros, cons, and issues surrounding Invisalign treatment. We can explain that, over a short period of time, most of the discomfort will go away. However, should you have concerns or pain that you feel you cannot deal with, we will be happy to make an appointment during which those concerns can be addressed. Contact us today for more information or an appointment.

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