A recent study, published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website, compares the differences in pain levels for patients treated with Invisalign vs. other appliances. Over the course of weeks, the team found that Invisalign caused less discomfort at every stage compared to traditional corrective appliances.

Establishing the Scope of the Study

Koji Fujiyama, Tadashi Honjo, Makoto Suzuki, Shinya Matsuoka, and Toru Deguchi were all on the team that conducted the 2014 study. Their investigation covered a total of 145 cases, which they split into an Invisalign group and a group using both Invisalign and edgewise appliances.

Assessing Pain Levels

The team evaluated each patient’s pain levels using a visual analog scale (VAS). Evaluation took place in stages. The first evaluation occurred within 7 days after treatment; the second between 14 and 21 days afterward; and the third between 28 and 35 days after treatment. A final evaluation occurred after the completion of the treatment.

Categorising the Pain

The researchers took their analysis a step further and diagnosed the source of the pain that each patient experienced. One category of pain was due to missing material or a rough marginal ridge. Another category consisted of pain caused by the deformation of an attachment or other part; and the final category involved misshapen or deformed Invisalign trays.

Recommending Invisalign as a More Comfortable Option

By the end of the process, the researchers discovered that the patients who used Invisalign alone suffered much less pain than their counterparts in the study, the ones using appliances with or without Invisalign.

All of the patients experienced the most pain and discomfort directly after being treated. This is normal, since the first 24-48 hours are the most traumatic for the teeth as they begin to shift into their new position. Although the discomfort is unavoidable, you can alleviate the pain by taking regular pain relievers. Talk to your dentist in Singapore if you think you are experiencing too much pain, or if you notice a rough spot on the edge of your aligner that is irritating your mouth.

The situations in which an Invisalign patient was in more pain occurred when the tray itself was deformed somehow. This kind of issue is easily avoided as long as your Singapore dentist checks your clear aligners to ensure the correct shape and formation. Overall, when both types of treatment were correctly applied, the edgewise appliances caused much more pronounced and long-lasting pain than the Invisalign trays.

Discovering Invisalign Yourself

If you’re interested in a corrective dental solution that doesn’t cause much discomfort but yields excellent results, talk to the experts at Orchard Scotts Dental. We are a recommended Invisalign provider in Singapore, and we can explain all the aspects of Invisalign treatment. If you are dedicated to improving your smile and you can handle your oral hygiene and aligner care responsibly, you may be an ideal candidate for Invisalign. Contact Orchard Scotts Dental today, and our friendly staff will be happy to arrange an evaluation and consultation. Before long, you’ll be on your way to a new, more beautiful smile.

Source: PubMed Central, 22 November, 2014