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How To Get Effective Relief from Invisalign Pain

May 1, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drgupta @ 1:37 pm

One of the best things about Invisalign aligners is that they are much easier to manage than traditional braces. They’re easy to temporarily remove from the mouth so you can eat, drink, and brush your teeth without having to deal with complicated wires. But even though they’re a much more convenient design, Invisalign aligners can still cause some initial discomfort.

If you’re just starting Invisalign or switching to the next set, here are some tried and true tips for pain relief in those first few days with new aligners.

Stay Cool

One of the fastest ways to get relief from tooth pain is with ice or cold water. Water is the only beverage you can have without needing to remove your Invisalign aligner, so sucking on ice chips or drinking ice water is a safe and easy way to ease pain.

If you don’t want to drink water, you can also try a cold compress applied to the mouth on the area you are experiencing pain.

Take a Breather

Invisalign aligners can be removed for a total of two hours per day. If you are experiencing pain, allow yourself a break from wearing your aligners for a little while. Just make sure you don’t forget to put them back in!

Eat Soft Foods

Though you will have your Invisalign aligners off while you’re eating, soft foods will help alleviate some of the pressure on your teeth. This will hopefully help your teeth make the most of their break before having to put your aligners back in.

Take An Over-The-Counter Pain Reliever

Pain medication like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin can help temporarily eliminate some of the pain caused by your Invisalign aligners. Use as directed on the container, or if you have any questions about dosage, please contact your physician or dentist.

Have a Good Night

If you are noticing a lot of pain when you switch aligners, try swapping out your next set at bedtime instead of in the morning. This will give your teeth some time to get acclimated while you sleep. This way you will be unconscious through the most uncomfortable part of the transition, and your mouth will have had more time to accustomed to the new aligners before you wake!

Remember, some pain is normal with any type of orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign. Still, Invisalign pain should be shorter in duration and much less severe than it would be with traditional braces. If you do find yourself experiencing discomfort, try these tips for fast, effective relief.

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Dr. Mahima Gupta and the team at Lancaster Family Smiles in Lancaster, TX want to make your oral health experience as comfortable as possible. From employing the latest technology to accommodating evening appointments, we strive to provide the best possible care at a time that works for you.

Dr. Gupta holds fellowships at several prestigious organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry. She is also a Member of the American Dental Association, and a scholar at the Dawson Academy

Whether you need a general cleaning, exam, restoration, or you’d like to improve the look of your smile with the help of Invisalign, Dr. Gupta and her team are here to help! To learn more about the services available at Lancaster Family Smiles, please visit our website or call us at 469-437-4817.

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