Tips for Easing Pain Associated with Invisalign®
Moving teeth can be painful, even with Invisalign®. During the first few days after changing aligners, ligaments that attach the teeth to bone will stretch and condense, causing stress, strain and pain around the teeth. Discomfort with tooth movement usually only lasts 24-48 hours. Here are some tips to manage any discomfort with Invisalign®.
Eat Soft Foods
Avoiding additional pressure on the teeth will minimize any discomfort with an aligner change. Yogurt, smoothies, protein shakes, and ice cream are great options for meals and snacks.
Eat Cold Foods and Drinks
While cold packs can help, they often don’t reach the area of the discomfort…the teeth. Therefore it is more beneficial to eat and drink cold foods, allowing the cold to get close to the teeth and gums, and reducing the swelling and pain. Ice water, ice cream, pop cycles, and sherbet are great to have on hand when teeth begin to ache.
Plan Your Aligner Change
Knowing when the teeth are going to move is key. Meals are the hardest part about changing your aligners because the teeth are painful when chewing. Changing your aligners immediately after dinner will allow you to sleep through most of the initial discomfort of changing aligners. Also, there are a large array of soft foods for breakfast, such as oatmeal, protein shakes, eggs and yogurt.
Take Over the Counter Pain Relievers
Ibuprofen and/or acetaminophen are the most effective over the counter medications to take for pain. These medications will often make the discomfort associated with tooth movement non-existent. With any pain relief, it is important to avoid waves of discomfort, to so for the first 48 hours be consistent with your dosages taking Ibuprofen every 6-8 hours or Acetaminophen every 4-6 hours as recommended.