The Invisalign system has become known for the many advantages it offers. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is lightweight, comfortable, and most of all virtually invisible! Clear aligners are made of smooth thermoplastic for maximum comfort. Each set is worn for about two weeks until being replaced by the following set in the series. However, some patients may experience minor discomfort or soreness until their mouth and teeth adjust to their new aligners. Here are some tips to make Invisalign more comfortable:
It’s common for Invisalign and Invisalign Teen patients to receive a new set of aligners and experience slight discomfort from an edge of their aligners. To resolve this issue, we recommend using an emery board, which has a smooth side and a coarse side, similar to a nail file. An emery board may help with smoothing out the edges to make for a more comfortable fit.
Orthodontic wax is a silicone wax that applies clear and is made for dental use. In addition to an emery board, you may also prevent irritation in your mouth by applying orthodontic wax along the gum line. A small strip of wax can be pushed up flat against the gums to prevent the Invisalign aligners from rubbing and irritating the gums.
Canker-X is an ointment that is used to treat canker sores and sores in the mouth. This ointment contains benzocaine, which is a topical anesthetic that will help numb the area of application. Furthermore, this also acts a bandage that sticks to gums or lips and can help provide hours of relief and comfort.
Over-the-counter pain relievers may be quite helpful in the first 12-24 hours of wearing your new set of aligners. When wearing aligners for the first time, it may be beneficial to take a pain reliever and apply aligners before sleep. This will help avoid discomfort and soreness. This provides about 8 hours of adjustment time so when you wake up, your aligners will already have a more comfortable fit.
Biotene & XyliMelts
Invisalign may cause dry mouth in some patients, especially those who do public speaking such as lectures, speeches, or business meetings. As a result, it may be helpful to try a solution for dry mouth during Invisalign treatment. Biotene is a moisturizing spray that helps fight against dry mouth. This works by lubricating the inside of your mouth and providing hours of additional comfort. XyliMelts are lozenges that are intended to rest in between your cheek and gums. XyliMelts coat, soothe, and moisturize the mouth during the work day or throughout a night’s sleep.
Finding Out How To Make Invisalign More Comfortable
Dr. Weber and our team at Weber Orthodontics are experts in orthodontic care. We are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding Invisalign or Invisalign Teen in Kansas City and Kearney, MO. Contact Weber Orthodontics to schedule a free consultation today.
At Weber Orthodontics, we care about your health, and want your dental experiences to be good ones. We offer traditional, clear, and Invisalign braces. We have an Itero scanner for our Invisalign patients that allow us to scan your teeth with a wand to create a digital file for your Invisalign aligners to be made, thus we can avoid impressions or molds of your teeth. Contact our office by phone (816) 746-1200 or complete our appointment request form to schedule an appointment.