How To Make Invisalign Treatment More Comfortable

The Invisalign system has become popular for the various advantages it offers. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are comfortable, lightweight and most importantly, virtually invisible! Invisalign is made of smooth thermoplastic for maximum comfort. Sets of aligners are worn for about two weeks each, until being replaced by the next set in the series. However, some patients may experience slight discomfort while wearing a new set of aligners for the first time. However, this only occurs until the mouth and teeth adjust. Here are some useful tips on how to make Invisalign more comfortable:

Emery board

Many Invisalign Teen patients receive a new set of aligners and experience some initial slight discomfort from the edge of their Invisalign aligners. In order to resolve this issue, we recommend using an emery board, which is similar to a nail file, featuring a smooth side and a coarse side. An emery board may help with smoothing out the edges for a more comfortable fit.

Orthodontic wax

Orthodontic wax is a silicone wax that is made for dental use and applies clear. In addition to using an emery board, you can also apply orthodontic wax along the gum line to help reduce or prevent irritation in your gums, tongue, or lip. A small strip of wax is pushed up flat against the gums to prevent Invisalign aligner edges from irritating gums.


Canker-X is an ointment used for the treatment of canker sores and other sores in the mouth. This ointment contains a topical anesthetic known as benzocaine, which helps numb the area of application. In addition, canker-x also acts a bandage that sticks to gums or lips to provide hours of comfort and relief.


how to make invisalign treatment more comfortable framingham maFramingham pediatric dentist such as Dr. Himelhoch may prescribe medication for pain if necessary. However, over-the-counter pain relievers are very helpful in the 24 hour adjustment period with your new set of aligners. When wearing clear aligners for the first time, it may be beneficial to apply aligners and take aspirin before sleep to prevent discomfort and soreness. As a result, your aligners should have a more comfortable fit by the time you wake up.

Biotene & XyliMelts

Invisalign may cause dry mouth in some patients, especially those who do public speaking such as speeches, lectures, or business meetings. Biotene is a moisturizing mouth spray that prevents dry mouth by lubricating the inside of your mouth for hours of additional comfort. XyliMelts are lozenges that rest in between your cheek and gums in order to coat, soothe, and moisturize the mouth throughout the day or night.

Finding Out How To Make Invisalign More Comfortable

Dr. Himelhoch and our team at Smiles In Framingham are experts in orthodontics. We are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding Invisalign or Invisalign Teen in Framingham MA, Southborough MA, Ashland MA, Wayland MA, Natick MA, Marlborough MA, and Hopkinton MA. Contact Smiles In Framingham today to schedule a free consultation. Call now 508-872-0555.

To all my wonderful patients and their families:


The greatest pleasures of my career are watching children grow strong and healthy and seeing smiles become more beautiful. It has been a tremendous privilege to be a part of that growth and transformation. Now, however, it is time for me to slow down and share the care of my patients.


Starting in September 2022, Smiles in Framingham will merge with Moynihan Dental Specialists. I will remain with the practice, but will reduce my hours and give up administrative responsibilities. The wonderful team of people you and I have come to rely on will be staying. They will continue to help care for you. There will also be new faces, new people who will get to know and care for and about you.


Dr. Michael Moynihan is a second generation dentist and orthodontist practicing in Framingham. Dr. Mike, as he is known, is on the faculty of Boston University in the department of orthodontics. We spent two years as teaching partners supervising the Boston University orthodontic residents as they treated special needs children at Franciscan Hospital for Children. It was during that time I came to appreciate both how skilled Dr. Mike is and how much he cares about his patients. I retired from teaching prior to the pandemic, but Dr. Mike still puts much of his time and energy into teaching the next generation of orthodontists.


I met Dr. Daniel Moynihan when he was my student in 2017. Even at that time he was one of my most conscientious students. He cares deeply about all of his patients and I am proud to be associated with him. Dr. Dan is highly skilled with all aspects of orthodontics, including treatment using Invisalign and other aligners.


Dr. Katherine Moynihan and Dr. Christine Chiao are other members of the Moynihan team. Dr. Katherine Moynihan finished her orthodontic training at Boston University in 2021. Dr. Christine Chiao is a pediatric dentist, who also teaches at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine.


Life is an adventure with many chapters, twists, and turns. I enter this chapter of my life looking forward to what comes next and feeling some sadness that this phase of my life is changing. For now, we will be keeping all appointments as scheduled. We will contact you individually about any appointment changes. All orthodontic contracts will be honored with care provided by the orthodontists. I have every confidence that the doctors of Moynihan Dental Specialists will provide you with excellent care for many years to come.


My very best wishes to all of you,


Dr. Deborah Himelhoch