Straightening your teeth with invisible aligners is an exciting new journey. As with anything new and different, there are sure to be some questions and unknowns along the way. Don’t freak out. There’s a good chance that any concerns you have during this time are totally normal – and you’re not alone. To help ease the pain, we’re breaking down some of the most common – but weird or uncomfortable – things that might happen while wearing invisible aligners.
Feeling mild pain or just generally uncomfortable during your smile journey is completely normal. In fact, mild pain or soreness for a few days is a sign that your aligners are working. They’re gently moving your teeth into your beautiful new smile. Think of it like working out – being sore is a sign that changes are happening. These tips for how to alleviate pain while wearing invisible aligners are game-changing.
Sometimes your new aligners don’t seem to fit your teeth when you’re putting on a new set. This is because there are differences between each set of new aligners and your current tooth position. We include Chewies with your shipment of aligners to help with this. Just chew on them like a piece of gum, moving them from one side of your teeth to the other to make sure your aligners are fully seated.
This sounds terrifying, but looseness is a perfectly normal side effect of moving teeth into new positions. It’s another sign that orthodontic treatment is working properly. You WANT your teeth to move, remember? Don’t worry, once teeth straightening is final, the looseness will gradually pass. Make sure to wear your retainers as instructed when your smile plan is complete to keep that new grin in place.
Straightening changes the way teeth touch together, says Dr. Ben Burris. It’s a necessary occurrence when getting a straighter smile. Your bite should shift to where it’s supposed to be by the end of treatment, but if you’re worried about it, let us know! Get in touch with us and send us a photo so we can take a look and make sure everything is moving according to plan. That’s what we’re here for.
You have something new in your mouth now 24/7, and sometimes wearing aligners all day can cause your mouth to feel extra dry. Help combat this by drinking lots of cool water (more than you’re used to, which is a good habit anyway) and applying lip balm on the reg. For more serious dryness that just won’t go away, try a specially formulated mouthwash made to help with dry mouth.
Ah, the dreaded lisp. Some people find that their aligners give them a bit of a lisp at first, but others don’t think it changes the way they talk at all. It just depends on the person. It’ll take a few days, but your mouth will adjust, and the lisp will fade. And remember, you’re your own toughest critic and there’s a good chance no one else will even notice. When you have the smile of your dreams in just an average of 6 months, the lisp will seem like nothing.
Good luck, future grinner. You’ve got this!
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