Metal braces were the only option previously for people with crooked teeth or people with teeth having crossbite, over bite or under bite. The treatment with metal braces took a long time and people had to suffer pain in between. Also metal braces looked ugly in the mouth which was more noticeable when people smiled. This is one of the reasons why many people refrained from using metal braces. Then came the ceramic braces which were slightly less noticeable in the mouth but had the same effects as metal braces.
Invisalign or clear braces changed all that. For one, Invisalign braces appear invisible. This helps in concealing the fact that a person is undergoing treatment. This particular fact is quite beneficial for adults. Also unlike metal braces, invisalign braces can be removed and put back again while eating. This helps in keeping it clean. While it is commonly known that, metal braces cause pain and sometimes small injuries within the mouth, an important question that bothers people opting for invisalign treatment is that, does invisalign cause pain?
Invisalign treatment causes minor aches and invisalign pain from time to time. The pain may comprise of all the tooth or sometimes teeth in between. The pain may be initially present while inserting or removing aligners. You may experience a certain pressure while wearing invisalign. You need not be alarmed about this however because according to dentists, if you experience pressure while using invisalign, it does mean that the aligners are working towards correcting imperfections in your teeth. Research suggests that around 54% of patients experienced mild pain in the first three months after getting invisalign.
Invisalign treatment is such that, people have to replace their old dental trays with new ones every two weeks or so. Thus while switching over to a new set of trays, people experience discomfort and pain as the tray sizes will be altered for the correction of tooth. This discomfort lasts approximately 2 to 3 days. But around 83% of patients reported that they got comfortable with new set of aligners within just a week. In case of braces one needs a longer time to adjust.
Dentists recommend people to switch to a new set of aligners before bed time. This way, they can stay away from the pain during the first few hours. Some people also use mild pain killers if the pain is unbearable for them. Invisalign aligners can cause slight irritation over the tongue or the gums due to the length or positioning of these aligners. Even though invisalign causes mild pain and discomfort, it is considered to be much more better than the conventional braces.