Does Invisalign hurt?
One of the reasons patients say they want to avoid braces is because of the pain associated with wearing them. Because your mouth is full of brackets and wires, you can experience sore gums and cheeks due to the brackets rubbing on your soft tissue when you eat and speak. That is why with traditional braces, you may need to use dental wax to protect the inside of your mouth until it becomes accustomed to your brackets.
In addition to the wires and brackets, regular adjustments can cause aching and pain, but is usually easily addressed with an over the counter pain reliever.
With Invisalign, you can avoid much of the pain associated with traditional braces. Invisalign utilizes a series of clear, plastic aligners to gently move your teeth. Your aligners will be completely smooth to your cheeks and gums, so you will not need to use dental wax to stay comfortable.
When you change out your aligners, approximately every two weeks, you may experience a little soreness, but most patients report it is much less than with traditional braces. Invisalign moves your teeth very gradually, making treatment more comfortable and easier to adjust to.
When you do experience soreness, it usually subsides within the first day of wearing your new aligner.