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8 Ways to Ease New Aligner Discomfort

November 12, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — texasdentistry @ 3:08 pm
person with Invisalign discomfort in Mesquite taking pain medicine

If you recently started wearing Invisalign or just switched to a new set of aligner trays, you may experience some discomfort. Though it’s normal to experience some mild irritation while you get used to wearing your aligners, there are several things you can do to make the transition more comfortable. Read on to learn about eight ways to relieve Invisalign discomfort in Mesquite for a more pleasant journey to your new and improved smile. 

#1: Use Orthodontic Wax

If any of your Invisalign attachments are irritating your gums or teeth, use orthodontic wax to cover them. This will help keep the attachments from scratching your lips or cheeks while you’re eating.

#2: Take Medicine

Once you start wearing your new aligners, you may experience some mild discomfort as your teeth start moving. You can take headache or pain medicine to lessen discomfort, but check with your dentist first if you’re considering trying anything new.

#3: Ice It Down

Apply an ice pack or a cold compress to your face to soothe sore tissue and reduce inflammation. You can also apply it directly to your gums to numb them before you put in new aligner trays. Eating or drinking cold things like ice cream, popsicles, and ice water also helps, but make sure to take your Invisalign out first.

#4: Gargle Saltwater

Mix a half teaspoon of table salt into a glass of warm water. Swish with the mixture to calm swollen gums by cleansing and soothing the irritated tissue. Repeat the process until all the water is gone.

#5: Switch to New Aligners Before Bed

The first few hours after you put on your new aligners are often the most uncomfortable. If you put them on before you go to bed, this may allow you to sleep through the first few hours of discomfort. You may also want to ask your dentist what medicines you can take to make it easier to fall asleep.

#6: Avoid Crunchy or Hard Foods

Eating hard and crunchy foods after putting on new aligners can poke your gums and cause additional soreness and irritation. Eat soft foods like mashed potatoes and pudding for your first few meals after putting on a fresh set of trays.

#7: Do Mouth Exercises

Since chewing works out the ligaments around the teeth, mouth exercises can help move your teeth into place quicker. Chew on some sugar-free gum or munch of fresh veggies during Invisalign breaks to help loosen your teeth up so they’ll react better to the new aligners.

#8: Use Invisalign Chewies

Invisalign chewies are soft, spongy chewing devices that make aligners fit more snugly by eliminating airspaces. They also help your teeth move to fit the new trays faster.

Along with the above tips, you can ask your dentist to soften the edges of your aligners if they’re too sharp or rough to keep them from scraping your gums. They can also offer personalized tips to make you more comfortable on your journey to a new smile!

About the Practice

Led by Dr. Anne Lindley, Dr. Yosuk Lee, Dr. Thanh Tran, and Dr. Victoria DeLeon, Texas Dentistry offers the best in dental care to their Mesquite patients. If you’re unsatisfied with your smile, they offer effective, high-quality Invisalign treatment and can provide tips on how to make your aligner trays fit more comfortably. To make an appointment with Texas Dentistry or for more information on how to ease new aligner discomfort, call their office at (972) 329-4200 or visit their website.

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