You’re so excited! You are starting to straighten your teeth with Invisalign in Jacksonville. You’ve heard about all the benefits of choosing Invisalign, and you’re relieved that you don’t have to wear those brackets and wires to get the smile of your dreams. But then, when you’ve had your Invisalign trays in for a couple of days, your mouth feels different, even uncomfortable or in pain. Should you worry about that? Will it be like this the whole time? Yes, discomfort and even a little bit of pain can happen with Invisalign. After all, you’re moving your teeth around! However, these are just temporary. To help you get used to your aligners, here are four ways to make it easier.
Use Dental Wax
If the edges of your aligners irritate your tongue, you can apply dental wax to protect it. You can find dental wax at any drugstore and only need to use a small dab or two to take care of the problem. If your aligner still irritates you after applying dental wax or actually cuts you, contact your dentist, and they can adjust the tray for your comfort.
Maintain Good Hygiene
The Invisalign clear aligners are specially made to fit only your teeth. As a result, they fit very tightly around your teeth to guide them into position. If you don’t brush or floss your teeth after you eat and put the aligners back in, food debris and plaque can make it even more squished and uncomfortable in there and interfere with the effectiveness of your treatment. That’s why it’s important to brush and floss before putting your trays back in, especially after you eat.
Eat Soft Foods
Your teeth and jaw will likely be sore for a few days as you begin treatment and then again every time you switch to a new set of trays. To alleviate the pressure your teeth are under, you can opt for slightly softer foods on those days, working back toward your normal diet as the soreness subsides.
Perhaps more than anything, you need to have patience during this time. Resist the urge to take your trays out too frequently or for long periods of time because that will only prolong your discomfort and likely affect your treatment plan. Know that the soreness and discomfort will go away, that you will get used to your aligners, and that you will see results as you follow the instructions that your dentist gave you.
Change can be hard and uncomfortable, but it can also bring positive improvements. When you see the final results, you’ll realize that the discomfort and time you invested into straightening your smile were well worth it. You’ll have the confidence to let it show in any situation both during and after treatment. For additional tips on how to deal with and maximize your experience with Invisalign, contact your dentist.
About the Author
Dr. Larry Young opened his own practice in Jacksonville in 1975 and has been serving patients in the area for general, cosmetic, and restorative dental needs. Among his many memberships with prestigious professional organizations, he is a member of the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and he offer Invisalign at his practice. To schedule an appointment with him, call (904) 731-9833 or click here.