Invisalign clear aligners have become known for their advantages throughout treatment. Unlike braces, clear aligners are lightweight and comfortable, and best of all, virtually invisible! Invisalign is made of smooth thermoplastic known as SmartTrack material for optimum comfort and control. However, some patients may experience different levels of discomfort or soreness when first wearing aligners. Here are some tips to make Invisalign and Invisalign Teen more comfortable:
It is normal for Invisalign patients to wear a new set of aligners and experience some slight discomfort from the edges of their aligners. To resolve this problem, we recommend using an emery board, which is similar to a nail file. An emery board has a smooth side and coarse side to help smooth out edges for a more comfortable fit.
Orthodontic wax is a clear silicone wax that is used for dental application. In addition to an emery board, orthodontic wax helps prevent and reduce irritation in your gums, tongue, or lips. Orthodontic wax is applied along the gum line where aligner edges are located. A small strip of wax is used to prevent Invisalign clear aligners from irritating gums.
Canker-X is an ointment used for the treatment canker sores and other sores in the mouth. This ointment contains benzocaine, which is a topical anesthetic that helps numb the area of application. In addition, this also acts a bandage that sticks to gums to provide hours of additional relief and comfort.
If a Saratoga orthodontist doesn’t prescribe any pain medication, over-the-counter pain relievers may be quite helpful in the first day of wearing new aligners. Before putting in a set of aligners for the first time, it may be beneficial to take an Advil and apply aligners at bedtime to prevent any initial discomfort. This adjustment time will provide a more comfortable fit by the time you wake up in the morning.
XyliMelts & Biotene
Invisalign may cause dry mouth in patients who do public speaking such as speeches, lectures, or business meetings. XyliMelts are lozenges that rest in between your cheek and gums to soothe and moisturize the mouth throughout the day or night. Biotene is a moisturizing spray that lubricates the inside of your mouth for additional comfort that last for hours.
Finding Out How To Make Invisalign Clear Aligners More Comfortable
In conclusion, Dr. Nejat and our team at Nejat Orthodontics are experts in orthodontic care. We are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding Invisalign or Invisalign Teen in Saratoga CA. Contact Nejat Orthodontics to schedule a free consultation today. Call now 408-595-3246.