You’ve got your aligners, and you’re well on your way to getting your dream smile. Congrats! But, do you find that sometimes your aligners feel a little strange? Not painful, per se, just uncomfortable? Here are 5 easy tips for making your invisible aligners more comfortable.
First of all, don’t worry too much if your aligners need a little love to fit comfortably in your mouth. After all, when you first begin your smile journey, you’re probably just not used to having something applying pressure on your teeth all day. You may simply need an adjustment period, like when you learned to wear contact lenses.
Consider switching to your new set of aligners in the evening. That will allow your mouth to adjust to them overnight as you sleep, and odds are they’ll feel more comfortable in the morning.
Use your Chewies, included in your aligners box, to help seat your aligners and make them more comfortable in your mouth. Chewies are round pieces of rubber. Insert them in your mouth and chew on them like bubble gum to help snap your aligners in place. Usually, chewing on Chewies for just a few minutes will help the fit of your aligners.
Apply dental wax to any uncomfortable areas. Dental wax is available over the counter at many drugstores and online retailers and can provide a nice barrier around any rough edges.
If dental wax isn’t doing the trick, you can also lightly file down any rough edges with an emery board to make aligners more comfortable. Go easy on the filing, though. Aligners are meant to cover some of your gums, allowing us to get optimal turning force to straighten your teeth.
If you’ve tried a few remedies and you’re still feeling discomfort, or if you’re experiencing significant pain, call our SmileExperts right away at 800-688-0450. They can provide additional tips specific to your prescription to make your aligners easier to wear.
Be sure to wear your aligners all day and night, except when eating or drinking. Closely following your plan as prescribed will help you get the smile you’ll love.