Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS

I have heard that braces can be very painful. Is Invisalign painful?

Invisalign Wilmington DEA lot of the pain experienced in traditional braces is from the hardware itself. The metal brackets that are cemented to your teeth have sharp edges, which can irritate the tender flesh of your mouth and make eating difficult and painful. Invisalign aligners are smooth and comfortable, with none of the sharp edges and wires associated with braces.

You may experience some mild discomfort when switching to a new set of aligners. This discomfort is usually described as pressure, rather than pain, and it tells you that the Invisalign is working! This discomfort usually only lasts for a few days while your mouth adjusts to the new aligners.

Braces can also cause social anxiety. They are considered unattractive and ugly and have a negative social stigma. Invisalign aligner trays are made of thin, clear plastic and most people will never even notice you're wearing them! They can also be easily removed for short periods of time, such as when eating, which makes them a very attractive treatment method for men and women of all ages.

The Invisalign system is a safe, comfortable and invisible alternative to traditional braces. Our office is an Invisalign preferred provider, so contact us to schedule an appointment today and get started improving your smile!

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