By now, you have heard about Invisalign. You know that they’re a removable and nearly invisible alternative to traditional wire and metal braces that can straighten moderately crooked teeth faster that traditional orthodontics You know that Invisalign in Stony Plain works with a set of aligners that you wear for 22 hours a day to gradually shift your teeth into their new position without you ever having to face the stigma of braces. You know that you’ll gradually work your way through a series of slightly different aligners to relocate your teeth, and then will maintain your new smile by wearing a retainer at night.
You know all those things. But we know from the questions we are often asked that there is at least one more thing that you want to know about Invisalign near you — Is Invisalign uncomfortable?
Is Invisalign uncomfortable?
We won’t pretend that wearing custom-molded thermoplastic aligners on your teeth for 22 hours a day — removing them just to eat, brush, and floss — will come naturally to everyone. As sleek and unobtrusive as those aligners are (and they’re nothing compared to wire and metal braces that poke against your lips), wearing them will take some getting used to.
Wearing Invisalign’s aligners and completing the Invisalign process will be a little bit uncomfortable for a little while. That’s the truth of it. But here’s the bigger truth. That short-term and minor discomfort has an enormous payoff — the smile you’ve dreamed of… fast.
Getting started with Invisalign in Stony Plain
Many patients report some discomfort in the first couple days of wearing aligners. It takes some time to become accustomed to the physical presence of the aligners on your teeth and in your mouth. Because the aligners fit so sleekly against your teeth, through, that discomfort passes quickly as the new normal takes hold.
You may notice that talking is a little bit more difficult as you get used to wearing aligners. That, again, is simply because of the tiny changes to the size and shape of your teeth. Pronouncing words is a precise art, and one that will get easier quickly — with practice. Don’t go quiet, but keep talking.
When you take your aligners out to eat, brush, floss, remember to put them back in right away — after cleaning them. The longer they’re out of your mouth, the more likely that your teeth will naturally shift back to their prior positions without the aligner pushing them in your new direction. If your aligner has been out for a while, it may feel snugger when it goes back in than it did when you took it out. But that will adjust very quickly.
You will wear the same aligner overnight as you do during the day, so the pressure on your teeth will be no different when you sleep than during daylight. Having said that, everyone has different sensitivities to pressure and discomfort, and you may experience some additional discomfort at night simply as a result of having worn your aligner for most of the day. You will achieve your best results by wearing your aligners throughout the night, and for 22 hours daily.
Getting started with new aligners
Each aligner is designed to shift your teeth from their initial position to a position along the way to your final goal. During the first few days of each two-week cycle, you may notice that the aligner feels snug. With the passage of time and the gradual shifting of your teeth, that sensation will shift until you make the next aligner swap.
Invisalign near you works by gently and gradually, but firmly, shifting the position of your teeth in your jaw. That process will, as you adapt to the aligners work, include some occasional discomfort. Any discomfort will be minor and temporary, and will resolve once you become accustomed to the process and to each aligner. Your dentist in Stony Plain will communicate exactly what to expect. If you ever experience anything out of the ordinary, contact your dentist and ask for their advice.