Invisalign has burst onto the scene as an amazing alternative to traditional braces. Not only are they clear for a less obvious appearance but, they’re less bulky, removable, and much quicker to get on and off. All of these reasons make Invisalign a popular choice and it’s definitely one of our favorite options. However, even though they’re a great option, they’re not without their uncomfortable moments.

What Is Uncomfortable About Invisalign?

Although Invisalign are definitely more comfortable than traditional braces, they’re not without their uncomfortable moments. You see, Invisalign are still moving and slowly adjusting your teeth, jaw, bite, etc. just as traditional braces would. This means they will still make your teeth ache. Outside of that, Invisalign come in a tray form. This means they slip over your teeth and click into place. Although less bulky than traditional braces, they still add extra size onto your teeth which means they might rub random places, causing small mouth sores or raw spots on your tongue and cheeks.

How Do I Make it More Comfortable?

Over time, the areas that are rubbed raw will eventually get used to the Invisalign being there and that issue will fade off. Until that time, you can use what’s called dental wax. You can get it at most stores or even from your orthodontist. It’s light, moldable wax that can be placed onto the area of your Invisalign that rubs against your mouth. This softens the area and causes less irritation to occur.

If you’re experiencing pain from the movement of the teeth, over the counter pain medicine is always a great way to help dull the ache. Ibuprofen, Tylenol, aspirin, etc. are all good choices in helping make the pain more manageable. When in doubt, ask your orthodontist what medicine he would suggest for the issue and go from there.

Sometimes, your Invisalign may need to be adjusted. When the molds are made for the trays, they will usually have you try them on before you leave the office to ensure everything is lined up and comfortable. However, sometimes they miss something or you might not catch something until you’ve had them on for a bit. As your teeth adjust, small changes may pop up as well. It’s never a bad thing to check with your orthodontist if something changes or if it feels like there’s something a bit off. A quick check could save you a lot of grief and uncomfortable moments.

As mentioned, when in doubt, check with your orthodontist or call their office. They are experts and have seen and dealt with it all. Odds are, they have dealt with whatever you’re going through and can help with suggestions just right for you.