Living with Invisalign in New York
Invisalign has transformed the orthodontics business, allowing patients to have their teeth straightened without a mouth full of metal. Unlike traditional braces, there are no food or drink restrictions, and the ability to remove your Invisalign aligners at any time makes the entire process more comfortable. Even so, adjusting to living with Invisalign is still a transition. At DentAlign NYC, we know it can be difficult to remember the best methods for ensuring your Invisalign do their job. Our resource page here is designed to answer any questions you may have.
Is there pain using Invisalign?
Tooth soreness is a common occurrence in the first few days of using Invisalign. Remember, Invisalign is realigning your teeth to make them more straight; it is natural for there to be some level of discomfort when you first begin using the aligners. If pain persists for longer than four days, contact DentAlign NYC.
Talking with Invisalign
Because you are introducing a new material into your mouth, it is natural for most patients to experience slight speech impediments as their mouth and tongue get used to speaking with the aligners. This should clear up within the first week of use.
Eating and drinking with Invisalign
One of the best parts about Invisalign is there are no eating or drinking restrictions. When you eat or drink, you simply remove the aligners from your mouth. Drinking cool water is the one exception, but for all other food or drink, remove the aligners prior to consumption. Warm drinks can warp the aligners and cause them to fit improperly, while some foods (and gum) can get stuck to the aligners and damage them. Tobacco use (smoked or chewed) is also highly discouraged because the aligners can become discolored.
Tips for decreasing discomfort
Some discomfort and pressure are normal with Invisalign, especially during the beginning of the process and when you introduce a new set of aligners. Because your teeth are getting used to moving, some patients experience varying levels of discomfort. To help alleviate this, remove the aligners and suck on ice cubes. When the aligners are in, use cold compresses on your face to reduce pressure. When your mouth and teeth are feeling more sore than usual, avoid crispy and crunchy foods. Contact DentAlign NYC if the pressure or discomfort does not subside, as this could necessitate redoing the mold for new aligners.
Sleeping with Invisalign
Sleeping with your aligners is completely safe and recommended, even when adjusting to the discomfort of new ones. Tooth movement happens while you sleep, which is helpful if there is pressure and discomfort. However, some patients experience increased saliva production when their aligners are in, which can potentially interrupt sleep. If you notice excessive saliva, sleep on your back or prop your head up slightly until your body has gotten used to sleeping with the aligners in. If possible, breathe through your nose instead of your mouth to further reduce saliva. Your body should adapt to the changes of sleeping with your aligners in; however, If you experience lingering issues, contact DentAlign NYC.
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