Why do people balk at the prospect of getting their teeth fixed? For some, it may be the cost or the inconvenience. For others, it’s the fear of pain. They don’t want to have to endure the agony of having their teeth shifted in their jaws. What many don’t realize is that the old reputation of orthodontics involving pain is connected to traditional braces. With modern technology like Invisalign, the pain is far less noticeable or even nonexistent at times. Find out how much pain, if any, you can expect when you choose Invisalign to correct your smile.
The Painful Process of Traditional Braces
First, think about what patients with the old-fashioned metal braces had to endure. They had sharp metal brackets on their teeth and thin wires cutting into their cheeks. Even though dentists tried to smooth the edges and corners, there were always spots where the braces would rub those sensitive tissues raw. Some dentists would provide their patients with a container of wax, cut into thin strips.
Patients would take a tiny blob of the wax and squish it onto the sharp corner or sliver of wire that was irritating their mouth. It was a temporary and uncomfortable solution for those needing relief.
The first few weeks of treatment were the worst, combining the pain of the sore spots with the pain of the teeth starting to move. Every time the braces were adjusted, the pain would start all over again, and new raw areas would develop. Add to that the food getting stuck in the braces, the jokes at school, and the limitations on diet and sports, traditional braces were definitely akin to torture for many.
The Mild Discomfort of Invisalign
Now, consider what your experienced will be with Invisalign. Invisalign clear aligners have no metal parts— they are smooth plastic trays form-fitted to your mouth. When you first get a new tray, there may be a rough edge or two that your dentist will need to file or smooth down for you, but there are far fewer potential problem areas. Plus, the aligners are nearly invisible, so most people won’t even know that you’re wearing them.
Will your teeth, gums, and jaw feel sore? Yes, they will— especially during the first 24-72 hours after putting in a new aligner tray. That’s because your teeth are shifting slightly to fit into the new aligner. That bit of soreness is good news— it means that your treatment is working and that you’re one step closer to your ideal smile.
Most Invisalign users wouldn’t classify what they feel as pain, but as pressure, discomfort, or soreness. If you have a low pain tolerance, all you need to do is take some over-the-counter pain medication to control the soreness for a day or two until it fades.
The End Result
Essentially, Invisalign causes much less pain than the old-fashioned metal braces did. Sure, you’ll experienced discomfort from time to time, but isn’t it worth it for the result? You’re saying goodbye to crooked, tilted, rotated, or protruding teeth, and you’re saying hello to a fantastic new you with a brand-new, stunning smile. When you think about the doors that could open for you personally and professionally, that smile makeover is worth a tiny bit of discomfort.
Are you ready to move forward with your smile makeover? Contact your local Singapore dental clinic, Orchard Scotts Dental, and start treatment right away!
Source: Orthodontics Limited (n.d.)