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5 Solutions for Common Invisalign Side Effects

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We're over mouth metal and ready to try Invisalign's clear aligners. But make sure to ease into the aligner treatment with your eyes open. Invisalign brings its own set of things to keep in mind. Not to panic - we can easily conquer them together!

We are here to share insider solutions to make your Invisalign journeys smooth sailing.

Initially, adjusting to Invisalign might bring soreness, speech challenges, dry mouth, or unexpected bad breath. While these discomforts can be inconvenient, they're temporary and easily manageable once you know how to handle them.

In this guide, we'll address the top 5 side effects and provide quick fixes, assisted by Movemints. With their minty, fresh help, we can confidently smile through treatment in comfort.

Now, let's dive in and make Invisalign the breeze it's meant to be.

Invisalign: No More Metal Braces

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As an alternative to traditional metal braces, Invisalign utilizes a succession of transparent, removable plastic aligners that slowly reposition teeth step-by-step over time. Invisalign aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth and exert gentle pressure to fix teeth positions. As treatment progresses and teeth begin to move, patients switch to new aligners with slightly different shapes around every 1-2 weeks.

Compared to traditional braces, Invisalign offers advantages like enhanced comfort, easier cleaning, and improved aesthetics. However, some patients may experience minor side effects as their teeth adjust to the aligners.

Common Side Effects of Invisalign: Solved

1. Discomfort and Pain

When switching to new aligner trays, some patients experience mild discomfort or pain as their teeth adjust to the new positions. This discomfort typically subsides within 2-3 days as the teeth settle into place. Taking over-the-counter pain medication can help relieve soreness. It also helps to switch to new aligners at night, so your teeth can adjust while you sleep.

2. Difficulty Speaking

Some patients may temporarily experience a slight lisp or difficulty speaking clearly with Invisalign, especially when they are just getting used to a new set of aligners. This side effect is very common, but it goes away quickly within a couple of days as your mouth adjusts. Slowing down, practicing tongue placement, and reading out loud can help overcome any speech issues.

3. Bad Breath

To avoid bad breath caused by trapped food particles, maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing and flossing after meals before re-inserting your aligners. Use antibacterial mouthwash, clean aligners with soap or Invisalign cleaning products, and steer clear of odorous foods like garlic. In addition, sugar-free mints like Movemints can freshen your breath effectively. And yes you can eat them with your aligners on!

4. Dry Mouth

Some patients report dry mouth or insufficient saliva production while wearing Invisalign. This uncomfortable side effect can be caused by breathing through your mouth more often with aligners in. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help stimulate saliva production. Chewing sugar-free gum or using mints like Movemints also helps increase saliva flow.

5. Altered Taste Sensation

Wearing aligners may lead to a temporary change in taste due to the trays partially blocking your tongue's contact with food and altering saliva chemistry. Staying hydrated by drinking water during meals can mitigate this effect. Removing aligners before eating lets you fully savor your food. Rest assured, any taste changes are temporary and typically return to normal after your treatment is complete.

How Does Movemints Help Mitigate Invisalign Side Effects?

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Movemints, designed for Invisalign users, provide a range of benefits. They combat bad breath by addressing trapped food particles, promote saliva production to reduce dry mouth, aid in proper aligner seating, alleviate discomfort, assist with speech adjustments, and enhance the overall treatment experience.

By following your orthodontist's advice and maintaining good oral hygiene, Movemints help to a more comfortable Invisalign journey.

Invisalign Side Effects FAQ

How long do Invisalign side effects last?

Most side effects like pain, difficulty speaking, and altered taste only last 2-4 days as you adjust to each new set of aligners. Effects like dry mouth may persist throughout treatment but can be managed with proper oral hygiene and products like Movemints. 

Are there any lasting side effects of Invisalign?

There are no long-term side effects associated with Invisalign or clear aligners. Some patients may experience temporary gum recession or enamel wear, but this goes away once treatment is complete. Any discomfort, speech issues, taste changes, or oral health effects should not persist once you finish treatment.

Can I use Movemints with any type of clear aligners?

Yes, Movemints can be used with any brand of clear aligners or retainers, but be sure to check with your provider. The patented groove is designed to fit most aligner trays on the market. Movemints are also suitable for traditional retainers or orthodontic devices.

Choosing Your Movemints Flavor

Movemints come in three great-tasting flavors to suit your preferences. All three flavors contain xylitol to support oral health during aligner treatment. The choice comes down to your personal preference to find the Movemints variety you look forward to using. Mix and match to enjoy the different flavors.

Spearmint Flavor

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The classic spearmint flavor provides the crisp, minty freshness you expect from a breath mint. It's the perfect choice if you want the clean taste and feeling of spearmint without overpowering sweetness. This natural flavor will keep your breath fresh for hours.

Orange Flavor

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The sweet, tangy orange flavor is bright and refreshing. It's a nice change from typical mint flavors and provides a subtle citrus twist. The natural orange flavor creates a pleasant sensation that fights bad breath while being sugar-free.

Mint Chocolate Flavor

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This indulgent flavor combines minty freshness with rich chocolate goodness. The natural mint and cocoa extract provide a delicious fusion for chocolate lovers. It offers a treat for your taste buds as it freshens breath and secures aligners.

Build Your Movemints Bundle for a Smooth Invisalign Journey

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Getting started with Invisalign treatment?

Ease into the process by creating a customized Movemints bundle.

Select the combination of mints, accessories, and extras that fit your lifestyle and preferences.

Build a bundle that comprises 1, 3, or 7 packs of your preferred Movemints. Enhance it with convenient items like the PULTool for easy aligner removal, Aligner Cleaner Spray for on-the-go cleaning, or additional Aligner Cases for tray storage while dining out.

Click here to build your own bundle

With a Movemints bundle, you'll have all the tools you need for a comfortable, fresh Invisalign experience. Save 15% when you build your own bundle. This is the most convenient and budget-friendly way to get set up with must-have aligner care essentials.

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