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:
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 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.
A Framingham 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.