How Long Does It Take to Adjust to Invisalign?

By John Meola on January 28, 2019

A woman removing her Invisalign alignerWith more than 20 years of research and five million cases, Invisalign®’s proven method of metal-free orthodontics can help patients have straighter, more beautiful teeth. At Dental Associates of New England, we offer Invisalign treatment at our Boston, MA and Waltham, MA offices.

Many teens and adults like that Invisalign treatment is discreet, but the clear aligners do take some getting used to - just like conventional braces or retainers. So, how long does it take to adjust to Invisalign? Find out here.

A Quick Review of Invisalign

Invisalign is a well-known brand name for clear orthodontic aligners that can straighten and reposition the teeth like traditional orthodontic treatments, but without the metal brackets and wires.

Invisalign is a great choice for teens and adults who want straighter teeth, but do not want their smile affected by the look of traditional braces. In addition, Invisalign has the added benefit of fast treatment times. The average length of treatment is just one year.

Adjusting to Your Aligners

It is important to note that Invisalign aligners must be worn for a minimum of 22 hours each day. Ideally, you should only remove them when brushing and flossing or eating and drinking. The discreet, clear trays make it easier to go about your daily life while aligning your teeth.

Just like traditional orthodontic work, patients need some time to adjust to Invisalign treatment. When the trays are first worn, it is normal for patients to feel sore or tender in certain areas of the mouth.

These are temporary side effects and usually diminish in just a few days. If you are experiencing any discomfort, you can alleviate symptoms with over-the-counter pain relievers as needed.

Some patients worry that the aligners may change their speech, but the thin trays will not interfere with your ability to talk normally during treatment.

Helpful Tips for Increasing Comfort

The good news is that most patients become accustomed to their Invisalign trays quickly. While discomfort is typically the only physical side effect when adjusting to new aligners, it is important to remember that wearing the aligners for 22 hours a day is new daily ritual.

Here are a few ways to help make this experience as comfortable and positive as possible:

  • Use dental wax when needed: Available at most drugstores, dental wax can protect your gum tissues from irritation caused by new aligner trays.
  • Store your trays properly: When out of your mouth, be sure to keep your aligners in a protective case. This will prevent loss or damage.
  • Clean daily: A deep clean once a day is recommended. We can suggest cleaning products that will ensure your Invisalign trays remain clean and bacteria-free for the length of your treatment.

Contact Dental Associates of New England Today

For more information on Invisalign treatment, or to set up a consultation with a member of our team, contact Dental Associates of New England online or call us at (781) 890-4900. We have two convenient locations in the greater Boston area to serve you.

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