Invisalign treatments have become extremely popular. Much like traditional braces, Invisalign treatment can be uncomfortable at times. But how painful are we talking? What can you do to treat the pain you may feel? Today the Parkcrest Dental Group discusses the details of Invisalign so you will be prepared for your treatment.
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Is Invisalign Painful?
Like any orthodontic treatment, Invisalign will be uncomfortable from time to time. The reality of the situation is that your teeth are slowly shifting around your mouth, and some pain is to be expected. However, just like traditional braces, this pain will gradually fade as your teeth adjust to wearing the aligners.
The other uncomfortable aspect of Invisalign comes from the plastic rubbing against the inside of your mouth. While the aligners aren’t sharp, the movement of your mouth will rub against your skin and can cause sore spots. Much like braces, your mouth will eventually develop calluses to combat the sensitivity you are feeling.
You may be worried that you’ll have to go through this adjustment phase when you switch to a new set of aligners, but that isn’t the case. By that point, your mouth will be used to the Invisalign treatment.
How to Combat Pain During Your Adjustment Period?
One of the best ways to combat the sores that can develop from the plastic is with dental wax. Apply the wax to the areas where your Invisalign is rubbing against your mouth to reduce the friction. If you are particularly uncomfortable, take Advil or Ibuprofen to reduce swelling and pain. Lastly, one natural method to reduce pain is to swish salt water around your mouth for a few minutes.
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Your Results May Vary
With any sort of pain management, results will be different from one person to another. A large percentage of Invisalign users actually report that they experience no pain. The vast majority become accustomed to the discomfort within just a few days. Orthodontic treatmentcontinues to improve each year. Orthodontic applications are becoming less painful and more effective all the time.
Even if you experience a bit of discomfort, it will be worth it when you finally get to show off your beautiful smile.
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Visit Dr. Harrison at Parkcrest Dental Group for Your Orthodontic Treatment
If you have always dreamed of straight teeth and a gorgeous smile, schedule an appointment with the office of Dr. Harrison today. Our teamis dedicated to providing our patients with quality treatment and excellent customer service. Contact the team today at 417-887-1220 to schedule your next visit.