What does it feel like to wear Invisalign aligners?

When considering the various treatment options available to you, your decision to straighten your teeth is likely to be heavily influenced by your level of comfort. Our Halifax dentists discuss how Invisalign Clear Aligners feel.

It is only natural to be curious about how your new Invisalign Clear Aligners are going to end up feeling. You'll be relieved to know that for most patients, they don’t cause pain. The feeling is more usually described as a discomfort that you get used to and over time can just forget about.

Very much like a new pair of shoes, once you wear your Invisalign Clear Aligners for a little while and 'break them in,' so to speak, you should begin to get used to how they feel.

Adjusting to the Invisalign Clear Aligners

As with traditional braces, an adjustment period will occur when wearing Invisalign Clear Aligners. Because the purpose of wearing Invisalign Clear Aligners is to realign your teeth, the aligners must exert pressure on your teeth.

As a result, you should anticipate some soreness at first. This soreness will likely be most noticeable in the first few days following the placement of a new set of aligners, but it should gradually subside until the next set of aligners is placed.

While Invisalign Clear Aligners do not contain any metal, they can occasionally irritate the oral soft tissues as your mouth adjusts to them. However, it's critical to remember that with time, your gums and cheeks will toughen up and the aligners will cease to be uncomfortable.

So tough it out and, after the first week or two, it should feel much better!

Speaking with Invisalign Clear Aligners

Because the aligners alter the space in the mouth, some Invisalign patients develop temporary lisps. Additionally, they cause the tongue to travel differently around the teeth, temporarily impairing pronunciation. Generally, the changes and consequences are minor, though some patients may require additional time to adjust.

Lisps in Invisalign can also be caused by ill-fitting trays. Each tray is a clear plastic mould that should snugly fit over the teeth. However, because the purpose is to alter the tooth placement, the moulds are constructed to correspond to the desired tooth positioning during that phase of treatment.

Due to the similar shape and thickness of each set of aligners, the majority of Invisalign patients do not develop lisps with each new set. However, if the tray is not formed or positioned properly, it may cause a lisp. If this is the case, you should contact your Halifax dentist to ensure that your Invisalign Clear Aligners are the proper size and shape.

Eating with Invisalign Clear Aligners

Simply put, aligners and food do not mix! Every time you eat, remove your aligners and rinse them under running water to clean them. If food or a non-water liquid gets trapped in your aligner, the sugars in the food or liquid can cause tooth decay. Certain foods and beverages may also stain your aligners. Simply remove your alignment before eating and rinse your mouth with clean water before re-inserting it.

Do you think you might be a candidate for Invisalign Clear Aligners? Contact our Halifax dentists for a consultation.

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