Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic solution. Its effectiveness can’t be understated—straighter teeth in a matter of months, instead of years compared to traditional braces. It’s understandable that many people would want it. But when looking at a typical invisible braces review, there are a few common denominators when people describe their experiences. Some comment on the initial discomfort they felt.
The discomfort is a normal part of the orthodontic procedure. Everything meant to straighten teeth will have a measure of discomfort. This is normal and should not be a cause for alarm, and most become accustomed to their new aligners.
Three major types of Invisalign-related discomfort exist tooth movement/aligner fit, and soft tissue irritation (i.e. gums, floor/roof of the mouth, tongue). Perhaps the foremost pain is that from tooth movement/aligner fit. The invisible brace is moving the teeth to new positions.
What this means is that the invisible braces are working. No discomfort means otherwise and would also mean that a new custom-fit aligner is probably needed as the next part of the treatment. But in the rare case that the discomfort proves to be more than the wearer is capable of enduring, typical over-the-counter painkillers could be used as a temporary solution as the wearer acclimatises. An ill-fitting aligner might cause the soft tissue aggravation. A return visit to the orthodontist for a new, better-fitting set can fix this problem.
Getting used to the braces in the first place is a good tactic. This can be achieved by leaving the braces on for as long as possible. Adapting to aligners does take some time, but in most cases, people seamlessly incorporate the invisible braces into their lifestyle without it being cumbersome.
Discomfort is a normal part of orthodontic treatment. Most of the time, it’s a sign that the treatment works.