Traditional metal braces are notoriously uncomfortable and sometimes even painful to wear. This is one of the reasons why the orthodontic field has worked to develop alternative appliances. Invisalign is one that was made to avoid the specific issues that traditional braces cause. If you are considering straightening your teeth and correcting your bite with Invisalign, it can help to know what it will feel like.
Invisalign aligners are shaped very similar to mouth guards. They fit completely around the teeth and are held into place on their own. They are made with a slightly flexible material that runs seamless end to end. This means that they will not abrade the soft tissues of the mouth, like the gums or lips. Patients with metal braces often require wax that can be put over a place where the metal is causing pain. Thanks to the smooth and durable qualities of aligners, this is never needed for Invisalign treatment.
When you move on to a new aligner in your set, they will be tighter than the last ones, because they are trying to move your teeth into the positions they should be in. This pressure can cause discomfort, but should subside within a couple of days as the teeth adjust. For a better idea of how it feels to wear Invisalign, talk to our Los Angeles Invisalign expert.