If you're considering Invisalign® to straighten your smile, you're bound to be wondering if Invisalign treatment will hurt. While any orthodontic treatment option will likely cause you some discomfort, Invisalign has no bulky wires or brackets to rub and irritate the inside of your mouth, giving you one less thing to worry about!
Finding a Comfortable Orthodontic Treatment
When deciding which orthodontic treatment is right for you, comfort is bound to be an important consideration. Patients undergoing Invisalign treatment often tell us that the clear aligners don’t cause any pain as such, just mild discomfort that you gradually get used to and forget about after awhile.
We tell patients to think of Invisalign aligners sort of like a new pair of shoes; after you have worn them for a while, you'll begin to get used to how they feel.
Adjusting to Your Orthodontic Treatment with Invisalign
No matter which orthodontic treatment option you choose, there will be an uncomfortable adjustment period but it shouldn't last long. This is true whether you choose Invisalign or traditional braces.
Also like braces, in order to move your teeth to their corrected positions Invisalign aligners need to put targeted, gentle pressure on your teeth. That pressure can lead to discomfort. This sort of discomfort is commonly experienced in the first few days after putting in a new set of aligners, then gradually wears off, until you switch to the next set in your series.
No Rubbing Brackets or Wires
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign doesn't have any metal brackets or wires to poke or rub, but the aligners could still irritate the soft tissues of your mouth while you are still becoming accustomed to them. Try to be patient, given a little time your gums and cheeks will toughen up and the aligners should no longer cause you irritation.