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How to Make the Perfect Impression

By Jerry 12.13.2022


Pain when wearing clear aligners is a common complaint. It's not just the alignment that causes discomfort, but also teeth shifting as they move into their new alignment. In this blog post, we'll cover some of the most common causes of pain and how to manage them so you can enjoy your clear aligner treatment without suffering from discomfort.

Common Causes of Aligner Pain

There are many different causes of aligner pain. Most commonly, the aligners move your teeth and put pressure on them. This can happen when you're wearing an ill-fitting aligner or during the day when you're in your mouth for long periods (such as when eating or talking).

Other common causes of aligner pain include:

Poor fit

Poor fit. The most common cause of aligner pain is improper fit.

If you have an aligner that is too loose or too tight, it can cause discomfort and even pain. A misaligned tooth may need to be adjusted by your dentist or orthodontist to correct the alignment.

Several factors can contribute to poor dental fit. These include:

•A small space between your lower front teeth and the aligners (or gap)

•The size of the archwire used to straighten your teeth

•The length and thickness of your gums

Allergic reaction

Biting too hard

Improper alignment


How to manage the pain

There are various things you may do to help relieve the pain

Take cold water

Avoid sugary beverages that can lead to cavities and instead take cold water to help numb the aching area.

Ice cubes

Ice cubes can be used to numb the Invisalign pain-affected area. Ice cubes should not be chewed.

Take OTC painkillers

You can use ibuprofen, aspirin, acetaminophen, or other over-the-counter analgesics for discomfort in Invisalign.

Ensure that your Clear aligners are properly seated.

Ensure your aligners are fully pushed in and snapped into position when inserting them. Otherwise, they might hurt.

Don't remove your aligners too frequently.

Wear Invisalign for 22 hours every day, taking it out only to eat, drink, or brush your teeth. They might fit more snugly if you unintentionally leave them out for a long time.

To prevent Pain, start wearing new aligners before bed.

Put in fresh aligners for a couple of hours before going to bed. This will lessen Invisalign's discomfort.


To avoid pain when wearing clear aligners, it’s important to remember that they will only work as long as you wear them correctly. Even if the alignment is perfectly aligned, there will still be some discomfort at first—it’s normal! Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist for advice or reassurance if ever unsure about anything. As long as you follow these simple steps and take care of your teeth, then eventually everything should come together nicely!

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