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. 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 reactions to the procedure are rare, but they can happen. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any type of allergic reaction, such as swelling, hives or itching. A severe allergic reaction may be life-threatening and requires immediate medical treatment. If you experience these symptoms while undergoing a laser or CO2 ablation procedure:
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Visit your dentist immediately.
Biting too hard
It's important to note that aligners aren't designed to be used as a teeth-cleaning tool. Instead, they're meant to help your smile look more symmetrical and improve your bite alignment. If you've been using them incorrectly, though, they can cause damage to your smile by damaging the soft tissues and tissue around your teeth. One way this can happen is if you bite down too hard on an aligner and cause it to dig into the mouth's soft tissue.
If you do this repeatedly, over time it can result in inflammation or swelling of the soft tissues around your teeth. This will make them feel sore and painful when you bite down on them.
This means that one side of your jaw is not closed properly, which can cause stress on a tooth or teeth and make them more likely to break down prematurely. If this happens to you, ask your dentist to check it out!
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 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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