Does the Invisalign Teeth Straightening Treatment Hurt?

Posted on: March 22, 2019

For anyone that is looking to get straighter teeth and remove those gaps between their teeth, the Invisalign treatment has become one of the leading methods dentists are recommending. Not only does someone not have to worry about having metal wires and clunky devices mounted on their teeth, but the overall treatment is much more enjoyable than other alternatives. Although traditional metal braces can do the same thing, it can take longer and be an eye-sore for the time that the braces are on the teeth.

The Invisalign treatment has become more popular over the last few years, and with both dentists and patients raving about the results and ease of use, it is no wonder that more people are choosing this method to get their teeth straightened.

How does Invisalign work?

For people that think the only way they can get the straight teeth they have been wanting, but have put it off because of the thought of having traditional braces, they will be happy to learn that Invisalign may be the perfect alternative. Of course, some cases are too severe and Invisalign may not be an option, although for most people it is a great option. Working closely with a person's dentist will be the best way for them to know if they would be a good candidate.

For those that are, the Invisalign treatment is straightforward. After taking a computer model of the patient's teeth and mouth, the dentist will send the information to a lab to create the personalized aligners. These aligners are crafted in the specific sequence that the person will wear them in. It is crucial that patients wear each aligner for at least 20 hours per day during the treatment, and remove them while eating or playing any sports. Typically, it will take between a year and 18 months to complete the treatment.

Are traditional braces faster than Invisalign?

Of course, each patient's case will be different. However, typically the Invisalign treatment is quicker than having traditional metal braces. The personalized treatment ability and consistent pressure of the Invisalign system can sometimes cut the treatment time in half when compared with regular braces.

Does Invisalign hurt?

Every person will be different in their perception of pain and teeth straightening always comes with some soreness and a bit of discomfort. However, because of the lack of bulky wires and metal contraptions on their teeth, most patients are surprised with how little pain they experience while going through the treatment.

The best thing someone can do when having any fears or second thoughts regarding discomfort with Invisalign is to talk to their dentist. Many times they can help by explaining how things will work and also making adjustments to make the process comfortable and enjoyable!

Do you have any additional questions about the Invisalign treatment? Contact us today, and our staff can always answer any further questions you may have. Give us a call any time!

Request an appointment here: or call Cornerstone Dental Group at (978) 364-3003 for an appointment in our Westford office.

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