Invisalign Discomfort – Here’s How to Overcome It!

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Invisalign clear aligners (also referred to as trays) provide an effective yet discreet way of straightening your teeth and aligning your bite. As the word is getting out about the amazing benefits, more and more people are choosing this option as opposed to traditional braces. However, it should be noted that there can be a little discomfort at times during the treatment process. Thankfully, there are ways to manage it so you can have your smile revamped with ease!


Like traditional braces, Invisalign corrects your bite by applying pressure to encourage your teeth to move. Because they’ve been in a fixed position for years, it’s only natural for there to be resistance. Thus, when the Invisalign aligners are encouraging movement, you’ll likely experience some sensitivity, especially during the first few weeks of treatment.

Another possible cause of discomfort is the edges of the low-profile Invisalign aligners. Although they typically aren’t sharp, they can still irritate the gums and the inner surfaces of your lips. It usually takes a couple of weeks for your mouth to adjust by developing calluses to prevent any future irritation.


On rare occasions, the edges may be rough or sharp. If you glide your tongue over the surface, and you receive a light cut or the edge of the aligners don’t feel smooth, you should bring it to your dentist’s attention. Usually, all that’s needed is to slightly file the edges.


Even with the necessary adjustments being made, you should expect to have a slight bit of sensitivity throughout your treatment process. After all, the objective is to encourage your teeth to shift from their previous comfort zone.

Here are some simple hacks you can implement:

  • Apply Orajel ointment to your teeth or areas of the gums where there is sensitivity.
  • When you insert a new set of aligners, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease the discomfort.
  • Use aligner retrieval tools to safely remove the Invisalign trays, so you won’t suffer a painful scrape or gum irritation.
  • You can use Invisalign Chewies when switching the trays in and out. The small, cylinder-shaped spongy material helps to close gaps between your teeth and Invisalign, while also soothing your gums.

So, does Invisalign hurt? Yes, it causes some slight discomfort, but it’s nothing you can’t handle. The good news is that the smile and functionality that you’ll gain is well worth it. And better yet, when you implement what you’ve learned here, the process will actually be rather smooth!

About the Author

Dr. Hector Carlos Tijerina is a graduate of Baylor College of Dentistry. A truly passionate professional, he enjoys every aspect of providing dental care. A member of the Academy of General Dentistry and Texas Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Tijerina understands that achieving a beautiful and functional smile is a necessity. That’s why he provides his patients with an effective and discreet orthodontic solution: Invisalign. Dr. Tijerina corrects bites at Parkfield Family Dental, and he can be reached for more information through his website.