When you start your Invisalign treatment, you may experience some discomfort as your orthodontist designs each new aligner tray to move your teeth to their final position. This is normal, but if the pain persists, there are several things you can do to help ease it. When you receive a new set of trays, they may hold your teeth tightly and cause pain when you remove them. To avoid this, use your fingers and start with the molars.
Do not use tools or tools to remove the trays, even if they are tight. It's also important to wear your Invisalign for 22 hours a day, taking them out only to eat, drink, or brush your teeth. Some people have found that wearing the aligners a little longer and reducing the frequency with which they are removed can reduce pain. If an ice pack doesn't take away your discomfort, you can treat Invisalign pain by drinking very cold water or sucking on some ice cubes.
You can also try lightly chewing certain foods, just like with babies who are teething. If you feel too much pain to remove your Invisalign because the trays are too tight or for some other reason, you may need to take other steps. Retainers are passive aligners given after treatment with Invisalign to keep teeth in place and prevent relapse. It's important to remember that while it can be frustrating to realize that your teeth aren't moving as fast as you want them to, ending up with the smile you want is worth it.
You'll look back on your time with Invisalign and think that, while it's easy, it was worth it.