When it comes to obtaining a straighter smile, Invisalign in Columbus can be a great option for adults who don’t want to deal with the inconveniences of braces. However, it’s still an orthodontic treatment, and many patients can’t help but wonder: will it hurt? How will I know if there’s a problem? Some discomfort with Invisalign is normal, but other times it needs to be addressed; here’s what you need to know in order to tell the difference.
What Does Invisalign Do?
Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners custom-fitted for your mouth. Each aligner applies a slight amount of force in strategic areas to help straighten the teeth over time. Not only are the aligners more aesthetically pleasing than braces, but they’re also removable, so there aren’t any diet restrictions during treatment.
Is it Normal for Invisalign to Hurt?
There is some pain that occurs over the normal course of an Invisalign treatment. During the first couple of weeks, the edges of the aligners rubbing against your gums and lips can cause irritation. Eventually, though, your mouth will adjust to the feeling, and further irritation will not be likely. You’ll likely only experience this form of discomfort while wearing your first set of aligners.
However, Even after this period of adjustment, you’ll likely experience some soreness. This is due to the pressure Invisalign exerts on your teeth in order to shift them into the desired position; in other words, it’s a sign that it’s working! You’ll likely experience this discomfort every time you put in a new aligner, though many patients report that it usually only lasts for a few days at a time.
When Does Invisalign Pain Need to Be Addressed?
Occasionally, the edges of your aligner may be too rough or sharp, which can cause pain beyond what’s expected. You’ll likely discover this issue by running your tongue along the edge of the aligner. Fortunately, such problems can easily be solved with a visit to your orthodontist in Columbus; as he or she can make the necessary adjustments to remedy the pain.
Even during the normal course of treatment, patients with low pain tolerance might experience greater discomfort than normal. In these cases, pain killers can be used; many patients have a preferred brand, but some forms of medication may be better suited for treating specific issues such as inflammation. If pain is persistent or feels different than what you expect, you may need to make an appointment with us to figure out the cause.
Remember that Invisalign is like any orthodontic treatment: minor pain and discomfort is to be expected, but you’ll still need to be aware of any changes. Be mindful of the feeling in your mouth, and always have your orthodontist’s number ready in case of complications.
About the Author
Dr. Amin Mason is a board-certified orthodontic specialist at the Columbus Orthodontic Center.Dr. Mason has great amount of experience in treating adults and children using modern orthodontic techniques including Invisalign aligners. To schedule an appointment, visit his practice’s website or call (614) 549-5835.