At the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer Invisalign clear braces to straighten your teeth without people noticing you’re wearing them.
Why Choose Invisalign?
There are many reasons to choose Invisalign over traditional braces. Some of them include:
- They are virtually invisible, so most people won’t notice you’re wearing them.
- There are no uncomfortable brackets or wires poking your gums or mouth.
- They often work faster than traditional braces. For many patients, treatment time is cut in half.
What Can You Expect?
Generally, you’ll have some mild discomfort or aches each time you switch to a new set of aligners. What causes the discomfort and how can you minimize it?
What Causes Discomfort with Invisalign?
- Ligaments are stretching. Your teeth are partially held in place by periodontal ligaments. They are similar to rubber bands, yet they still have some resistance. As your teeth start shifting, the ligaments will be stretched and become sensitive, but after the initial shift, the discomfort will gradually diminish.
- Teeth are shifting. Orthodontic treatment gradually moves your teeth. The movement causes soreness. As your teeth adjust to the new position, the soreness will resolve itself.
- Each new set of aligners is uncomfortable. Each set of aligners is molded into the next position for your teeth. So when you first put on a new set, they will be uncomfortable until your teeth shift into that position.
How to Minimize Invisalign Discomfort
- Switch to the next set of aligners at night. The discomfort of wearing the next set of aligners can be minimized if you change them before bedtime. It can allow you to sleep through much of the initial discomfort.
- Avoid hard, crunchy, and sticky foods. Some of the discomfort comes from stretched ligaments and irritated nerves in your teeth as they shift to a new position. When you add pressure to your teeth by eating hard, crunchy, or sticky food, the discomfort can increase.
- Use ice packs. Ice packs or ice cubes can help soothe soreness.
- Use over-the-counter pain reliever. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory medication and can relieve discomfort and pain.
- Talk to your dentist. If the pain persists or seems abnormal, call us at the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. Your dentist will examine the Invisalign aligners to ensure they fit properly and are not causing unnecessary discomfort.
Select an Experienced Invisalign Provider
At the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, our cosmetic dentists are experienced Invisalign providers. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of them, and learn more about Invisalign and how it can help you achieve a healthy and beautifully aligned smile.
Call us at 404-994-4509 to schedule an appointment, or complete our Request an Appointment form.