Dealing with Discomfort: Tips for New Invisalign Wearers

January 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drphillipteam @ 9:28 pm
Woman holding up her Invisalign aligner with a smile

Are you having trouble adjusting to your new Invisalign aligners? You’re not alone! Many patients experience some discomfort when they first begin their journey to a straighter smile. Don’t worry – this will pass with time and can often be managed effectively. But what if you need relief now?

Read on to find some valuable tips to help you alleviate any uncomfortable issues with your Invisalign aligners.

1. Take it Slow

When transitioning to a new set of aligners, give your teeth some time to adjust. Wear each set as instructed by your dentist and avoid trying to rush the process.

2. Try Orthodontic Wax

Orthodontic wax is a handy tool! It can be applied to any area of your aligners causing irritation or rubbing against your cheeks and lips. Simply place a small amount of wax on the rough spot to create a smooth surface.

3. Use Over-the-Counter Pain Medication

Non-prescription pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, are great for managing discomfort. Always follow the recommended dosage and consult with your dentist if you have any concerns.

4. Use a Cold Compress

Applying a cold compress to the outside of your mouth can help reduce inflammation and numb the area, providing relief from discomfort. Use a clean cloth or an ice pack wrapped in a thin towel for a few minutes at a time.

5. Stick to Soft Foods

Opt for softer foods during the initial days of wearing new aligners. This minimizes the stress on your teeth and gums while they adjust to the new aligner set. While you can technically eat anything you want if you remove your aligners, your teeth will be a bit sensitive.

6. Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water is not only essential for your overall health but can also help with any dryness or irritation caused by the aligners. In short, water is good and good for you!

7. Continue Good Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is crucial during your orthodontic treatment. Regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing with non-alcoholic mouthwash can prevent added irritation and ensure a healthy mouth.

Experiencing some discomfort is a normal part of the alignment process, but if it persists or becomes severe, call your dentist. By incorporating these tips into your routine, you can adjust to new aligners a smoother and more manageable experience. Just remember, your new and beautifully aligned smile will be well worth the temporary discomfort!

About the Practice

Are you in need of an Invisalign expert? Dr. George T. Philip fits that description perfectly. He has years of experience treating patients with many personalized treatments. He earned his dental doctorate from the Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to hone his skills to offer an expansive list of services. Call (972) 285-6144 to schedule an Invisalign consultation at George T. Philip DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, or visit the website to learn more.

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