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Is Invisalign procedure painful?

Today, we’re going to be discussing whether Invisalign is painful.

Hi, I’m Dr Judith, and I’m one of the principal dentists here at Elevate Dental.

I was talking with one of our patients, Natasha from Hawthorn, a couple of weeks ago. She was wondering whether the Invisalign procedure will be painful. She was considering Invisalign treatment for her smile but was also a bit afraid of pain because she remembered a lot of painful experiences when she had braces as a teenager. This is quite a common question we get so I thought I’d make a video to share with you.

Invisalign uses a series of customised trays or aligners to move the teeth. Now, these trays are changed every one to two weeks. Because the movements are small and steady, the level of discomfort is minimal. It’s quite normal to have a sensation of tightness every time you change your trays as they encourage your teeth into their new position, and this typically goes away after a few days.

We do have some things and tips and tricks that can help to relieve any sort of discomfort. That includes the use of munchies, which are little rubberised, chewy things that help to activate the ligaments, help to increase the blood flow to your teeth so they move faster and also helps to relieve pain.

Cold water also helps, so sipping cold water during the first day of your tray change. Changing the aligners at nighttime also helps just because whenever you change your aligner, that’s when they’re the most uncomfortable and if you’re sleeping and you’ve got them in, then you won’t notice it as much. Of course, eating soft foods if you need to when you change your tray can also minimise the initial discomfort.

We actually find that most people adjust very, very well after the first few days with their aligners.

I hope this helped you gain a better understanding about Invisalign. If you’re considering aligning your teeth, we would love to look after you. Simply give us a call on 1300 2 SMILE, direct message us on social media, or complete the enquiry form, and we’ll be in touch to help you organise your appointment. See you in the next video!

Note: All content and media on the Elevate Dental website and social media channels are created and published online for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice.



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James Wong is a wonderful Dentist. The communication and patience through the procedure was first class.

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James Wong is a wonderful Dentist. The communication and patience through the procedure was first class.

James B


What a professional and friendly team at Elevate Dental Richmond. Dr Judith’s infectious smile is matched only by her highly competent dentistry.
Richmond is lucky to have such a caring practice! Thanks guys.

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