Is the Invisalign Procedure Painful?
Is the Invisalign Procedure Painful?
Hi, it’s Dr Michael Ghobrial here from Sure Dental.
I’ve noticed over the years, more and more adult patients actually want to straighten their teeth. Whether it’s because they had braces as kids and things moved back, or they never quite straightened their teeth and they’ve noticed that as they’re getting older, the crowding is getting worse and it’s bothering them.
Just last week, our lovely patient, Rita, who lives a few blocks from our practice here at Wavell Heights visited us for a consultation on Invisalign. And she said to me, “Michael, I want to get Invisalign. But is the procedure going to be painful?”
I thought a lot would be interested in this topic, so I thought I’d make this short video to give you an idea about what to expect when you get Invisalign treatment in terms of pain.
As technology has improved, clear aligner systems have improved so much in terms of their ability to move teeth and their effectiveness. And so we’re finding that more and more cases are appropriate for Invisalign, and we’re doing a lot more Invisalign for our patients. As a matter of fact, I actually had Invisalign treatment done myself about 10 years ago. So I feel like I’m pretty well equipped to answer the question of, is the Invisalign procedure painful?
I would say as an overall answer, the answer is no, it’s not. For someone who’s a bit of a coward, I can tell you right now that it’s not super painful. What I did find is that the first week when I got my aligners placed, my tongue was getting a little bit caught on the lower tray and so when I spoke, I felt like my speech was a bit funny, but other people didn’t really notice it, but I did find the sides of my tongue got a little bit sore and that disappeared after about a week.
The other thing is when you change the trays every week, a little bit more pressure builds up around the teeth. And so I don’t know if painful is probably too big a word to say, but that first day or two, there’s an awareness of tenderness or awareness that there’s pressure on the teeth and so I would go a little bit easier eating hard foods. But it wasn’t enough that I would take pain relief or anything like that. It was just more of an awareness.
Now I used to get a little bit excited about that feeling because I knew teeth were moving and things were happening, which is why I was doing the Invisalign, but I wouldn’t consider it particularly painful. So overall I think the Invisalign procedure is, I would say, not painful. Certainly, compared to traditional braces with brackets sticking in your cheek and wires and things like that, it definitely is much more comfortable than that.
So if you’ve been considering getting an Invisalign procedure done, we would love to look after you.
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