Is Pain During Invisalign Treatment Normal?
Some discomfort is associated with orthodontic treatment, but patients may wonder if Invisalign treatment prevents the pain that metal braces can bring. While this treatment can cause some mild pain, it is not long lasting and does not necessarily affect everyone. Here is a deeper look at this subject to help you prepare for clear braces.
Tooth Movement Causes Pain
When treatment is painful, it is a sign that the teeth are being moved toward their new positions. Many patients find that the pain is your specific needs, discomfort can vary. For example, teeth requiring more correction may be more painful.
Temporary or Absent Pain
Just as pain tends to be more severe at the start of bite correction, it is also more painful at the beginning of each stage of aligners than at the end. This is because the most rapid changes are happening at these times. However, some patients have no pain or only very mild pain. Researchers in one study found that more than one out of three patients with clear braces reported no pain at all during their first three to six months of bite correction.
Pain from clear braces does not affect everyone, and is ultimately temporary even if it is mildly present throughout treatment. Upon treatment completion, patients can expect a more comfortable smile for life. Patients can schedule a consultation with our dentist to find out more about discomfort associated with clear braces.
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