If you’re experiencing discomfort after putting in your new clear aligners, don’t worry. It’s a natural first step in your journey to unlocking the power of your smile.
“Aligners can definitely take some time getting used to,” says Tayler Stephenson, SmileDirectClub’s dental team captain. “Having something new in your mouth can feel pretty odd at first, but, after a few days, you will hardly notice anymore.”
Think of it like going to the gym for the first time: You’ll be sore, but it won’t last long, and it’s for a good reason. During the adjustment period with your teeth, there are plenty of simple steps you can take to ease any discomfort you may be feeling.
Here are a few easy tips for making your clear aligners more comfortable.
“We recommend switching at night to help make the transition a little easier.” Stephenson says.
Your mouth will have all night to adjust to your new aligners while you sleep, and any pain you might feel may be gone by the time you wake up.
Included in your aligners box, Chewies are round pieces of rubber that look like little white candy chocolate rolls.
They help seat your clear aligners and make them more comfortable in your mouth, especially if you’re having trouble getting the aligners to snap in all the way or if there’s a little extra space between your teeth and the aligners.
Put them in your mouth and chew on them like bubble gum for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, two or three times per day, until your teeth aligners fit better.
If you need to do any fine-tuning on the shape of your aligners, an emery board is your friend. You can use it to lightly file down any sharp or rough edges on your aligners. If there’s any excess material on your clear aligners, just use small scissors to cut it off, and then use an emery board to file the new edge.
Just keep in mind that you shouldn’t be filing too much. Teeth aligners are meant to cover some of your gums, allowing us to get optimal turning force to straighten your teeth.
Stephenson says dental wax is “a great tool for helping make aligners more comfortable.”
Put a small wad of the wax between your aligners and your teeth in any areas that feel particularly sore. The wax will help cushion your teeth as you get used to your aligners.
Cold popsicles, smoothies and frozen fruit are all delicious snacks, but their cool temperatures can also help to soothe a sore mouth. Give it a try — but don’t forget that you have to remove your clear aligners before eating or drinking anything other than cool water.
If you want some prolonged cooling relief but don’t feel like eating anything, applying an ice pack to the outside of your mouth can have a similar effect.
You may also consider taking an over the counter pain killer for two to three days to help ease any pain.
Whatever you do, keep wearing your teeth aligners. If you stop for a day or two, it’ll become harder to put them back in, which could make the discomfort last longer than it would otherwise.
If you’ve tried a few remedies and you’re still feeling discomfort, or if you’re experiencing significant pain, call our SmileExperts right away. They can provide additional tips specific to your treatment plan to make your teeth aligners easier to wear.
“Clear aligners help give people the smile they always wanted without the pain and annoyance of regular braces,” Stephenson says. “Plus, without all the hassle of regular visits, we’re able to provide an easier, more affordable, convenient way for people to achieve the smile they always wanted.”
And don’t forget that despite some temporary discomfort, the outcome of your smile journey will be worth it.