Our Vancouver orthodontists offer Invisalign® clear aligners as a way to straighten teeth without the need for brackets and wires. If you're considering Invisalign to straighten your teeth, you may be wondering if your Invisalign treatment will hurt. Here is what other Invisalign patients tell us...
Weighing Up Your Treatment Options
When you are weighing up your orthodontic treatment options, comfort is bound to be a key consideration. Our Vancouver Invisalign patients tell us that their clear aligners don’t cause them pain as such, just slight discomfort that you become accustomed to and stop noticing after a while.
We suggest that you think of Invisalign aligners sort of like a new pair of shoes; once you've worn them for a while, you gradually become more comfortable with how they feel.
The Treatment Adjustment Period
No matter which orthodontic treatment you go with there will be a brief and perhaps uncomfortable adjustment period as your mouth become accustomed to your new device. This will be true whether you choose braces or Invisalign to straighten your smile.
Like braces, Invisalign aligners put light targeted pressure on your teeth to gradually shift them to where you want them. That pressure can cause some discomfort, particularly in the first few days after putting in a new set of aligners. Nonetheless, the discomfort will gradually wear off, until you switch to the next set in your series.
No Brackets or Wires to Cause Irritation
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign doesn't have bulky brackets or wires to poke or rub the sensitive tissues inside of your mouth. However, your clear aligners could still cause some irritation as your mouth gets used to them. We know that it can be unpleasant but try to be patient. Given a little time your gums and cheeks will toughen up and your aligners should stop causing irritation.