What Should You Do If Invisalign is Cutting Your Gums?

What Should You Do If Invisalign is Cutting Your Gums?

Some patients might experience cuts in their gums or discomfort while wearing a new set of Invisalign.

Invisalign is the most durable, esthetic, and revolutionary orthodontic treatments that makes it entirely possible to align your teeth without metal braces. Aligners are made of thermoplastic, a smart track material. Every set of aligners can be worn for two weeks, after which a new set of aligners has to replace the old ones. Aligners are made precisely, but in some cases, there could be missed areas that have sharp edges that could cause your gums to cut, as well as discomfort and pain. Typically, the patient might experience cuts in their gums or discomfort while wearing a new set of Invisalign. However, there is plenty you can do if you’re experiencing any pain with Invisalign. Read on to learn more!

Smooth the Edges of Invisalign

In general, at the initial phase of treatment, a patient could experience discomfort due to the sharp edges of their aligners. However, the edges of aligners could be smoothened after a patient meets with their dentist.

Orthodontic Wax

Orthodontic wax is a clear, silicon wax that is used for dental reasons. It can also help in reducing or preventing irritation and cuts in your gums by applying it along the gum line where your aligners’ edges are. The wax acts as a barrier between both the gums and the aligner, which is why the edges of the aligners can’t create cuts in the gums.

Pain-Subsiding Medications

The use of new aligners could cause cuts and pain in gum, lips, or cheeks up to 12 to 24 hours of its first use. You could use analgesics like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin as a counter medication to alleviate inflammation and pain.

Using Cold Compresses

Cold compresses on your cheeks could sooth the mucosa and gums. Ice packs on your towel and cold compresses could also be used, but only for a shortened period of time; otherwise, they might lead to skin injuries.

Avoid Crunchy and Hard Foods

During discomfort, hard foods can also cause soreness in your mucosa and gums. So avoid chewing on any hard foods especially while wearing your new set of aligners. Typically, foods like whole apples, carrots, and anything hard. Try to eat soft food until you’re used to your new aligners.

Catonsville Dental Care Can Handle All of Your Oral Care Needs

Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and a commitment to comfort, safety, and relaxation, you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.

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