With over 900+ orthodontic patents, and six million successful patients, Invisalign®’s method of discreet smile alignment can help you achieve a straighter, more perfect smile. But, while Invisalign clear aligners can be easily placed and removed, patients need some time to adjust to the presence of aligners in their mouth. Just like other dental appliances or traditional orthodontics, the new look and feel of your smile with Invisalign aligners takes a while to get used to. To understand the adjustment period, and to help yourself prepare for a successful treatment, learn about the expectations for adjusting to Invisalign aligners below.
Invisalign® can be used to treat most smile alignment issues. The removable, clear aligners can correct overbites, crossbites, open bites, and underbites, as well as gapped, crowded, or crooked teeth. Depending on your unique smile needs, the treatment length and process may vary. However, most patients experience these common treatment steps:
Just like traditional orthodontics such as braces, Invisalign® aligners can feel strange for the first couple days or weeks. You may find your tongue running over the new aligners as your mouth is sensitive to the smallest changes. With the first set of aligners, you can expect sore or tender gums or teeth in certain areas of your smile. The snug fit of the aligners can put new pressure on teeth and gums. However, these side effects are temporary; sore gums or irritation from the aligners should diminish in a few days. If mild pain does persist, alleviate symptoms with ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or other over-the-counter medications as needed. You may worry that the aligners will make it more difficult to speak or annunciate, but most patients find that the thin trays do not interfere with the ability to speak normally during treatment.
The good news? Most patients get used to their aligners within a week or two. However, with each new aligner tray, there is a chance that mild soreness could occur. Here are a few ways to improve your comfort during the length of your treatment:
Are you interested in a straighter smile achieved through comfortable, non-invasive orthodontics? Schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Abbey Lee to discover if Invisalign®, or Six Month Smiles®, is right for you. Call us today, at 404.328.7177.