One of the recent advances in dentistry is Invisalign®, a system of using clear trays to realign the teeth to a more pleasing appearance. Many patients prefer them over traditional braces since they offer a good solution for straightening the teeth, while also being nearly invisible and avoiding metal components. Unfortunately, some patients find them to be uncomfortable to wear. A few different reasons exist that can attribute to the discomfort some patients experience while wearing Invisalign®.
Is Wearing Invisalign® Uncomfortable Because They Are New?
Wearing Invisalign® trays might feel uncomfortable at first due to the newness of the experience for your teeth. After all, your teeth aren’t used to being enclosed in plastic for most of the day and night. The first day of wearing Invisalign® is likely to be the most uncomfortable one for patients since this is when your trays will feel the tightest. Each time the patient receives a new tray to wear, some minor discomfort might be experienced until the teeth become accustomed to the new shape.
Is Wearing Invisalign® Uncomfortable Because They Are Moving Your Teeth?
Although the intended movement of the teeth is intended to be gradual, the fact that wearing Invisalign® is designed to shift your teeth into new placement can add some discomfort to the situation. Initially, wearing Invisalign® might feel uncomfortable because your teeth are being guided into a new alignment that is different from their natural placement. As the teeth begin to move, they also feel more comfortable while wearing the Invisalign® trays.
Is Wearing Invisalign® Uncomfortable Because of the Attachments Placed on the Teeth?
In order to help hold your trays in place, your dentist places “attachments” on your teeth. While the attachments might not bother you at all while you are wearing your Invisalign® trays, it is possible that they might cause discomfort for the soft tissues (inner cheek and lips) of your mouth once you take the trays off to eat, drink, floss, or brush your teeth. In some cases, the attachments can rub up against the skin of the inner cheeks and lips, causing irritation and even minor pain.