When it comes to orthodontic solutions for straight teeth and a beautiful smile, Invisalign is often the only option for those who do not want other people to know that they are in the process of correcting their teeth.
However, it’s not only the fact that Invisalign is undetectable that makes it a popular choice. It’s more comfortable as well, and sticklers for good oral hygiene find that a healthy dental routine is so much easier to uphold with removable braces. Users of Invisalign braces can brush and floss their teeth like they normally would, and they do not have to worry too much about food getting stuck to their braces when they are eating.
All that is fantastic, but with Invisalign, Fort Lauderdale dentists say that there is always a period of adjustment. After all, the clear aligners are still doing the same job as traditional braces with brackets and wires do. So, do not be surprised if there is some discomfort — most of which only occur during the first week of wearing the Invisalign trays.
Discomfort and Treatments
So, what are the types of discomfort you need to anticipate if you will be getting your Invisalign soon, and how should you deal with them? Invisalign dentists share the easiest treatments for every one of them if and when you do experience them.
1. Pain or soreness
You can expect this during the first few days of wearing your aligners. Your teeth hurt while wearing the trays but more so when you remove them. This sensation is quite similar to wearing regular wire retainers, and it is absolutely normal to feel it. Remember, your teeth are shifting into place because of the trays.
For pain or soreness, your dentist will prescribe a pain reliever such as Orajel, which is good for gum and teeth pain. However, if you do not feel the need for medication, you can relieve the pain by rinsing your mouth with salt water and/or numbing the soreness by sucking on ice.
2. Speech difficulty
When you have a device in your mouth, naturally, speaking will be a little tricky. Creating certain sounds becomes difficult. There are letters that you cannot pronounce without spitting a bit or slobbering unintentionally.
The dentists’ advice? Give it time. Your mouth will get used to it in time, and eventually you will be able to control the movement of your jaw and mouth better. It will also help to practice speaking. You may develop strategies on how to enunciate difficult letters such as s, r, f, th, p, v, in spite of the orthodontic device.
3. Canker sores
A few people get canker sores during the first week of wearing Invisalign. Fort Lauderdale dentists say this is often due to the fit of the aligner trays. When you get canker sores, rinse your mouth with salt water often to disinfect them and hasten the healing process.
Also, make an appointment with your dentist to see if adjustments need to be made to the trays you are using. Usually, a rough spot on your Invisalign tray can cause the formation of canker sores. Your dentist can smooth it out to improve the fit and prevent the tray from rubbing against your gums or the insides of your cheeks.
Aside from some initial discomfort, there are other aspects to wearing Invisalign that require getting used to.
- One, wearing new trays means shifting to soft food for a while. It’s important to avoid chewy and crunchy food when your teeth and gums are more sensitive than usual. So, go for mashed vegetables, pureed fruits, and soups for the first few days after changing your trays. Don’t feel too bad about holding off of your favorite treats. Also, enjoy the few pounds you’ll shed because of the temporary change in your diet.
- Two, to diminish the discomfort of changing to a new pair of Invisalign trays, it helps to wear your new aligners for the first time before bedtime. Sleeping with the new ones on will make them more comfortable come morning.
- Lastly, wear your trays for as long as possible. Keep them on for at least 20 hours a day. You may feel like removing them often for comfort, especially when they are new. However, resist the urge to do so. It’s going to take great willpower but wearing your Invisalign for the recommended 20 to 22 hours a day will ensure your treatment goes according to schedule.
Hopefully, by knowing this information, you’ll be better prepared for when you do get your Invisalign aligners on. Don’t worry, the discomfort is temporary, but the pleasing results will definitely be long term.