Is Invisalign Painful?

Even though Invisalign offers a wide variety of benefits, in comparison to traditional braces, many patients still ask whether or not they’ll experience pain at any time during the Invisalign treatment.

It’s common for patients to experience some sort of pain at some point during the treatment process. Patients may experience pain from a new aligner, from the aligner fit in the gums, cheek, or floor of mouth, or mild pain when eating. In fact, a study performed by Nedwed, published in the Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics in 2005, showed that 54% of patients experienced mild pain, while 35% experienced no pain at all. The good news is that most patients claimed that the pain went away in a couple of days, and 85% claimed that they were used to the treatment after only a week’s time.

The interesting part about aligner pain or tension is that this discomfort can be a sign that the treatment is proceeding correctly. There should be pressure placed on your teeth from the aligners. If there wasn’t, your teeth would never adjust. This pain will most likely be the most severe at the beginning of the treatment when the gap between where your teeth currently are and where they will be is the greatest.

The aligners might also rub up against part of your mouth, causing mild irritation. 6% of patients witnessed this in the study mentioned above. If this occurs, our team can perform an adjustment to make sure that your aligners fit perfectly in your mouth.

Finally, while eating and drinking can be much more pleasurable with Invisalign than with traditional braces, some patients experience discomfort while eating.

If you’re experiencing pain with a new set of aligners or at any time during the treatment, please let our office know. We can offer the best advice on a case-by-case basis with deep knowledge of your treatment plan.

If you have any questions about Invisalign or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.

Schedule a Free Consultation

We are dedicated to making your smile the brightest it can be. Fill out the form below to schedule a free consultation.

Notice to Website Viewers

The contents of this website, such as text, graphics, images, and other material contained on the Site (“Content”) are for informational purposes only. No doctor/patient relationship is established by your use of this site. No diagnosis or treatment is being provided. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or dental advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, dentist, or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical or dental condition. The information contained here should be used in consultation with a dentist of your choice. No guarantees or warranties are made regarding any of the information contained on this website. This website is not intended to offer specific medical, dental or surgical advice to anyone. Further, this website, the creators of the website, and the owners of the website take no responsibility for web sites hyper-linked to this site and such hyperlinking does not imply any relationships or endorsements of the linked sites. Reliance on any information provided by the Site or others appearing on the Site at our invitation, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk.

Start typing and press Enter to search