Invisalign aligners are a popular orthodontic treatment for people looking to fix their dental insecurities. Not only are these trays less noticeable, but they also offer superior comfort levels to traditional braces. However, some discomfort should be expected, especially when you receive a new pair of aligners. To help you manage your Invisalign pain, we have built a comprehensive guide offering tips and tricks to subdue it.
Drink Cold Water or Suck on Some Ice Cubes
Numb Soreness and Cuts with a Satisfying Sip of Water
To reduce inflammation and provide relief for Invisalign pain, try swishing some cold water around in your mouth. The cold water can provide your sore mouth with some extra relief. Avoid attempting this technique with juice or soda, as consuming these sugary drinks can increase your risk of developing tooth decay.
Sucking ice cubs can also relieve Invisalign pain. If you experience pain after removing your aligners, it may be helpful to start sucking on an ice cube while you are cleaning your teeth or before and after you eat. A cold compress or ice pack placed on your cheeks can also help soothe your gums and jaw.
Avoid Consuming Hard or Crunch Foods
Certain Foods Can Increase Soreness and Invisalign Pain
Hard and crunchy foods can, unsurprisingly, worsen Invisalign pain and discomfort. While it might be hard to say goodbye to your favorite dish of nachos or your go-to snack of pretzels, doing so is important for maintaining your comfort levels. Hard foods such as jawbreakers and hard-shelled bread should also be avoided, as they can crack or chip your teeth. Other foods we recommend avoiding include:
- Hard candies such as Jolly Ranchers or peppermints
- Uncooked carrots
Of course, you shouldn’t avoid chewing altogether. In fact, mild chewing can help relieve discomfort in Invisalign wearers.
Smooth Over Any Rough Edges on Your Trays
Prevent Abrasions and Soreness From Your Trays
Some patients experience irritation and abrasion from the edges of their Invisalign trays. While this usually only happens during the beginning of their treatment, it can still be frustrating to deal with. To alleviate pain caused by sharp or rough edges on your invisible aligners, ask your dentist if he can smooth them over.
For mouth sores and abrasions, try swishing with a peroxide mouthwash. These act as oral debriding agents and can provide refreshing relief for sore spots while also cleaning and disinfecting any wounds. Peroxyl is a popular brand, but there are a few on the market that will do the trick!
Try Over-the-Counter Pain Relief
Pain Relievers Are Typically Successful in Reducing Discomfort From Aligners
Whether you are suffering from sharp headaches or irritating cuts as a result of your aligners, you may be able to find some relief by taking over-the-counter pain medications. Tylenol, aspirin, and ibuprofen are some of the most effective medications for treating Invisalign pain and headaches. Anti-inflammatory medication such as aspirin and ibuprofen are also proven to reduce swelling in the gums and mouth tissue. Taking pain medication hours before switching to new aligners can also prevent the onset of pain that these changes usually bring.
Invest in Orthodontic Wax
Orthodontic Wax Can Provide Quick Relief to Invisalign Pain
While orthodontic wax is typically used for traditional braces, it can also be applied to invisible aligners. Orthodontic wax will especially come in handy if you have to wear any buttons or attachments. Before applying the wax, make sure you thoroughly wash your hands and brush your teeth. You only need a pinch of wax the size of a small pea to apply to your tray. Squeeze the small ball of wax until it becomes soft and flat. Then, apply the wax to the problem area of your trays.
If you have any really rough spots, you can also use a nail file to smooth them out. Be gentle though, as you don’t want to bend or break your trays in the process!
Mitigate Your Invisalign Pain By Chewing on Some Mints
Light Chewing Can Actually Relieve Your Mouth Pain
As we mentioned before, light chewing can actually help relieve your pain. Normally, people might chew on some gum. However, sugar chewing gums can increase one’s risk of developing cavities. You would also have to remove your Invisalign in order to chew the gum.
Thankfully, you don’t have to decide between taking off your Invisalign in an effort to relieve pain and forcing yourself to just push through it. Dental Movemints are a safe, sugar-free alternative to traditional chewing gums and mints. Not only do they give you a healthy dose of freshness, but they also act as an effective pain reliever. Users can reduce their discomfort by chewing on these unique mints while also keeping their aligners on.
To start chewing on these mints, simply place one between your teeth and your aligners. You may need to apply gentle pressure to the mint to help place it into your tray’s grooves. Once it’s on, you are ready to go.
Are you ready to end your Invisalign pain once and for all? Try Movements — mints designed to mitigate pain and discomfort caused by wearing trays. For years, Invisalign patients have used Movemints to relieve soreness and other Invisalign-related afflictions, so isn’t it time you gave the Mint that Fits™ a try?