How to Deal With Invisalign Sharp Edges & Irritation

Invisalign is a great way to straighten your teeth without having to worry about traditional metal braces. However, that does not mean there are never any issues with clear aligners as patients commonly ask does Invisalign hurt

The short answer is yes, and this pain is often a result of Invisalign sharp edges that cause mouth sores and abrasions. Fortunately, your mouth will adapt to Invisalign as you wear them for the recommended 22 hours per day, but it is common to experience some discomfort when you begin your Invisalign journey. If you are experiencing pain due to Invisalign sharp edges, keep reading and we’ll show you some easy methods to make your trays much more comfortable.

Is There Anything I Can Do to Help Dull Invisalign Sharp Edges?

Yes! There are several ways to help dull Invisalign sharp edges and reduce any annoying discomfortdental orthodontic care kit with wax and other toolsThere are so many solutions to clear aligner discomfort.

If you just started wearing Invisalign clear aligners and notice that there is a pinching or a sharp edge, don’t panic! There are plenty of options to combat Invisalign sharp edges, including dental wax for braces. Dental wax is most commonly used for metal braces but it is a great remedy for patients who find that Invisalign is cutting their tongue. To use dental wax on your clear aligners, simply remove the Invisalign from your mouth, place the dental wax around the sharp part of your aligner to cover the edge, and then replace your aligner. Once the sharp edge is covered, you should start experiencing immediate relief. banner

Is it Okay to Smooth the Edges of My Aligners With an Emery Board?

If dental wax doesn't solve the issue, you can always slightly modify your aligners to better fit around your gumswoman placing clear aligner in her mouthWith the advice of an orthodontist, you can smooth down problem areas on your aligners.

If you’re still experiencing pain with your aligners, don’t worry! After consulting with your orthodontist, they may recommend that you smooth the edges of your aligners with an emery board —otherwise known as a nail file. In some cases your orthodontist may recommend that you alter your aligners with a small pair of vanity scissors and then proceed to file down the sharp edges with the emery board. This should only be done with the advice of your orthodontist. If you find that you have to cut a small part of your aligner away, remember to be careful. You can always cut away more if you need to, but you can’t add back a part that you have already removed. Overall, it is important to be careful when making these adjustments. Your Invisalign clear aligners are valuable and custom made for your smile journey. A misstep while trying to alter them could set you back weeks in your treatment.

What Are Some Other Remedies For Invisalign Sharp Edges & Irritation?

After trying dental wax and minor alterations, there are still a few more ways to deal with pain from sharp edges on your clear aligners

woman using ice pack for tooth painKeep an ice pack on hand while using Invisalign clear aligners.

Should pain related to sharp edges on your aligners persist, call your orthodontist and schedule a check-in. Only a professional will be able to determine exactly why your aligners are causing you consistent pain. Until your next appointment, here are a few remedies to reduce pain in the short term:

  1. Use an ice pack or chew on aligner-friendly mints for pain relief:  If pain persists, ice is always a good way to get some Invisalign pain relief. By using an ice pack on the outside of your mouth near the affected area, you can reduce soreness. Just be careful not to use an ice pack for too long or you could potentially injure yourself due to overexposure. Chewing exercises are another way to relieve Invisalign pain and discomfort, which is why we created Movemints Clear Aligner Mints. Movemints are a great alternative to Invisalign chewies and can help you wear your aligners more comfortably while they freshen breath and fight Invisalign dry mouth
  2. Cut out any crunchy foods: If you are already experiencing discomfort, you want to avoid making the situation worse at all costs. Because of this, you should avoid any crunchy foods or foods that you know will irritate your gums. Any time your aligners are causing you discomfort, reach for softer foods to give your gums a break.
  3. Only put in a new pair of aligners before bed: When you switch aligners, usually about every two weeks, it can be painful for the first 24-48 hours as your teeth adjust. To prevent any discomfort associated with a new pair of aligners, make the switch just before bed. That way, your teeth and gums will have time to adjust while you are asleep. When you wake up the next morning, your teeth will already be adjusting to the new aligner tray.

What Should I Do If My Aligners are Still Causing Discomfort?

Maintain an open conversation with your orthodontist about any issues you are having with your Invisalign clear alignersyoung woman clutching jaw due to tooth painYour orthodontist will be able to identify any issues with your aligner fit.

If you followed all of our tips and are still experiencing discomfort due to Invisalign sharp edges, you should definitely schedule an appointment with your orthodontist right away. Only a professional will know how to get a better fit for your aligners. They may also be able to determine the cause of your discomfort and address the problem in their office. Overall, Invisalign should not be a painful experience, so if you are experiencing pain or discomfort, you should let your orthodontist know.


For more Invisalign tips and tricks, check out our Movemints blog to answer every question you have about straightening your teeth with clear aligners!

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