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Tips to Reduce Pain When Wearing Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are great alternative to metal braces. Users enjoy the discrepancy of the teeth correctors without a mouth full of metal. However, while invisible aligners have minimal appearance, the discomfort of pressure is still something users will deal with.

Even though the pain is mild, it does not sound too fun. Although, keep in mind that these feelings of pressure provide assurance that your aligners are doing their job. If you really think about it, without pressure and tightness, how else would your teeth move? It is all a part of the process in obtaining a more beautiful smile.

There are some ways to help minimize the discomfort that can be brought about through clear aligners. Consider these quick, easy tips to help make your clear aligners experience a better, more bearable one:

Late night switch. Through the clear aligners process, the most pain seems to occur when switching to the next set of trays, as the next step brings about a more advanced phase of correcting teeth than the previous step. It is all a part of change and bringing you closer to a perfect smile. Making the switch before bedtime will allow for the initial discomfort to happen while you are asleep. This tip can be especially effective if combining it with the use of an over-the-counter analgesic. This will alleviate the pain as well as help you to sleep through it.

Cool it off. If you are going through a period of discomfort, trying sucking on ice cubes. Not only will the coolness feel refreshing but it will help to numb the pain. This is also a great alternative to gum numbing products, for those who do not wish to use medicines. Prominent times to try the ice cube method is when you put your aligners back in after eating. This can sometimes be a time period when teeth become irritated. Also, as a side note, using ice bags in 15-minute intervals can help reduce swelling, if it were to ever occur.

Less breaks. A quick reaction to clear aligner pain is to take them out – don’t do it! Instead, think about how the longer you wear them, the sooner you’re done. Wearing a tray longer will also help to prep your teeth for the next one. So, maybe cut out a break here and there and keep them on a few extra hours. While the relief may not be as instant, it will prove to be better in the long run.

Take it easy. Overall, using clear aligners will be a more enjoyable experience if you stay sensitive and aware of your teeth’s well-being. Increase your water intake, stay on top of dental hygiene and keep your trays clean both before and after eating. If you remain more aware and careful with your aligners, you will have better, faster results. Although the pain can be troublesome, in the end it is a good sign because it shows your aligners are doing their job.

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Comment by Antony Brown on December 7, 2020 at 4:22am

Thanks for the article, really useful

Comment by Jerry Woodson on December 7, 2020 at 4:23am

Maybe clean aligners can be a great alternative to metal braces, but as far as I know they are pretty uncomfortable, moreover, with mail order aligners, teeth may move slower or faster than anticipated. You may develop gum disease or cavities during your treatment, with no orthodontist or dentist being able to treat you because they can't see your teeth. Still, if you had chosen clean aligners, there are a lot of ways to decrease pains caused by them. You can try some kratom capsules which you can find on and are known to decrease pains and relax your body. Hope I helped you somehow.


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