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How long does it take to adjust to Invisalign aligners?

How long does it take to adjust to Invisalign aligners?

One of the most popular and quick ways to straighten teeth is with Invisalign. Traditional braces are the Invisalign option, which many individuals have been eager to avoid. However, much as with traditional braces, there will be a time of adjustment, since Invisalign soreness on day one is not uncommon. Let's talk about the Invisalign aligner adjustment time and what to expect.

How long does it take for Invisalign aligners to become more comfortable? For the first week or two after starting Invisalign, you may experience some discomfort or pain, the most common of which is a dull ache while your teeth acclimate to the movement. Because the attachments your dentist has placed on your teeth may apply extra pressure to select teeth following your treatment plan, you may have Invisalign pain in one tooth. Patients who choose Invisalign should anticipate adjusting over two weeks.

What causes the most discomfort with the first set of aligners?

Not only must your teeth adjust to moving, but your mouth must also adjust to having a foreign object continually over your teeth. Your cheeks and lips may rub against your Invisalign aligners, but if this happens, you can use orthodontic wax to help them heal. If you're constantly in pain, go to your dentist; your Invisalign aligners may have a somewhat sharp or harsh edge that your dentist can adjust.

Why might your Invisalign aligners be causing you pain?
  1. You’re experiencing Invisalign pain when removing your aligners. Removing your aligner can be slightly difficult, to begin with, it’s a very tight fit and some people find it a little painful to remove. The more times you change and remove your aligner the more accustomed you will become to it, and you’ll also feel it slowly get looser, as your teeth move in line with your treatment.
  2. ‘I’ve got Invisalign pain after new tray’ This is likely the most common reason for pain or discomfort of all. Every time you change your aligner you are putting more pressure on your teeth, as each aligner will be slightly tight fitting forcing your teeth to move in line with the Invisalign aligner. Most patients report that after a while the pain of changing aligners reduces and becomes more like pressure.
  3. You’re experiencing Invisalign pain after not wearing your aligners. It is recommended that you wear your Invisalign aligners for 20-22 hours per day, this is essential to make sure you’re on track with your treatment. If you do not wear your aligners for the stated time you will find you feel more pressure when you do wear them. Wearing your aligners for the full amount of time will help to move and keep your teeth in line with your treatment plan and keep you pain-free.

In conclusion, how do we feel about Invisalign now that we've discussed the adjustment period? While the idea of going through the first aligner and adjusting may seem daunting, but the majority of our patients only feel minor discomfort. A few individuals may experience some pain for the first two weeks, but this causes very little anguish.

We also notice that our patients acclimate rapidly, and Invisalign is said to have a satisfaction percentage of around 95%. Invisalign is usually a good choice for patients who have a simple case of overcrowding. During your visit, your dentist will review the various alternatives available to you.

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