Dealing With Aligner Pain
Most of the time, discomfort from clear aligners is mild and temporary. However, if you’re experiencing consistent pain from your trays, it may be time to find a solution. Some of the best ways to combat aligners hurting your teeth include dental wax, over-the-counter medications, tray adjustments, and modification of your chewing style.
Using Dental Wax
To use dental wax for aligner pain due to chafing, apply a small amount of the wax to the top edges of the tray. The edges are the roughest part of the tray, and keeping them lubricated can help reduce friction and movement in your mouth. Your choice of aligner brands can make a huge difference in your comfort levels as well. For example, Spark Aligners, featuring scalloped and smooth edges, are more comfortable than the leading brand.*
Another solution for chafing from your trays is asking your orthodontist to make an adjustment, so they fit your mouth better. Bring them in for a quick filing session that will ensure the trays don’t rub against your gums anymore.
Some people choose to deal with aligner pain by using over-the-counter medications. When the pain is too severe, acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen can be used to minimize pain. However, other medical conditions and allergies may prevent these from being the right choice for you. Always consult a doctor before using medication for pain relief.
Change Your Chewing Patterns
If you’re experiencing pain in just one tooth, you can try to change the way you chew to prevent yourself from placing too much pressure on that one area. Chewing only on one side will give your pained teeth a break.