How To Reduce The Most Uncomfortable Parts Of Your Invisalign Journey

15 April 2020
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

Invisalign is quickly becoming the method of choice for adults and teenagers to fix any misalignment with their teeth. From underbites to overbites and everything in between, Invisalign is less intrusive, more discrete and far less painful than braces are. However, there will still be some uncomfortable parts when adjusting your teeth's structure, and that is simply an unavoidable aspect of any retainers or braces. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to minimise these uncomfortable parts and make sure you get your smile back on track with as few complications as possible! 

Limit Your Intake Of Certain Foods

When using Invisalign, you only have a couple of hours a day to eat all your meals, and that includes time to snack as well. Give some thought to your meals for the day before you start and avoid the meals which easily get stuck in between your teeth. Nuts, seeds, stringy meat, chips and so on, can all get stuck and, subsequently, irritate your gums and mouth when you put the Invisalign retainer back in. This is especially true at the start of a new retainer when you are still adjusting to how it feels. 

Start At Night

The best way for your body to get used to the shape and feel of a new Invisalign retainer is to start it when you are sound asleep. That way your mouth will familiarise itself with the next retainer in your timeline, which can be a painful process, and you won't constantly be thinking about it. Make sure to do this right before you intend to fall asleep so the Invisalign feels weird rather than uncomfortable as it won't be too long before it stops being a novelty and becomes harder to sleep with. If this works it can make the first few days so much easier.

Keep Them Clean

It bears repeating over and over again that you should always keep your Invisalign retainers as clean as possible. Not only will food or bacteria start to deteriorate the structure of your retainers (which can add months onto your total treatment time) but Invisalign is much more uncomfortable when it feels dirty. Your dentist will provide you with a thorough outline of how to clean your aligners at the start of your journey. Pay close attention and follow their advice as carefully and as often as possible, and you will save yourself a lot of pain. 

To learn more about clear aligners like Invisalign, contact a professional who provides them.