During the first few days of your Invisalign treatment, you’ll experience a series of mouth sores and a spectrum of pain and discomfort. But that’s just normal and shouldn’t last long. More often than not, the sores are caused by the appliance constantly rubbing against your cheeks, tongue and gums. On top of regularly cleaning your appliance and maintaining good oral hygiene, here’s what you should do to ease the pain.
Warm Salt Water Rinse
Mouth sores caused by Invisalign are not that serious and most of the time, warm salt water rinse will do the trick. But sometimes, it depends on one’s individual tolerance to pain. When you start feeling discomfort in your cheeks and gums, try the salt water rinse first. If it doesn’t make you feel any better, contact your dentist right away.
Avoid Crunchy Food
Technically, it’s not a remedy, but it pays to know that you’re not contributing to the pain. During the initial Invisalign and after you replace your trays, stick to a diet of soft and mild foods. Consult your doctor if you can eat spicy food. Hot and spicy food can be good for you, but not for your mouth when you’re wearing Invisalign.
Give it Some Time
The best advice every Invisalign dentist would give is to give it some time. Again, mouth sores are very common during the beginning of the treatment. Once your mouth gets used to the appliance, the sores will go away. If they don’t, give your orthodontist a call or pay or make an appointment.
Almost all orthodontic treatments have a period of adjustment and discomfort. It’s just like wearing new shoes for the first time. Even well-fitting shoes don’t feel comfortable at first, and can even cause pain in your toes and ankles, but things get better eventually.
Bear in mind that a certain amount of pain and discomfort is a common side effect of an Invisalign treatment. The mouth sores may really be bothersome and affect your daily routine and diet, but know that you’re getting a big pearly smile out of it in the end. Just listen to your dentist and keep on top of your appointments because that’s the only way you’ll know if your aligners need refitting or adjustments.