Tips To Make Invisalign Treatment More Comfortable

POSTED BY ON December 5, 2018 WITH 0 COMMENT

The Invisalign system has become known for the many advantages offered. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign is lightweight, comfortable, and virtually invisible. Clear aligners are made of smooth thermoplastic for ultimate comfort and each set is worn for about two weeks until being replaced by the next set. However, some patients may experience slight discomfort or soreness when wearing aligners for the first time. Here are some tips to make Invisalign treatment more comfortable:

Emery board

It is common for patients to experience slight discomfort from the edges of Invisalign aligners. We recommend using an emery board to resolve this issue, which features a smooth side and a coarse side. Similar to a nail file, an emery board helps with smoothing out the edges to make for a fit with optimal comfort.

Orthodontic wax

Orthodontic wax is made of silicone and applies clear for dental use. In addition to an emery board, you may also help prevent or reduce irritation by applying orthodontic wax along the edges of clear aligners. A small strip of wax is intended to be pushed up flat against the gums to prevent the Invisalign aligners from rubbing or irritation.


Canker-X is an ointment used to treat canker sores and other mouth sores. This ointment contains benzocaine, which is a topical anesthetic that numbs the area of application. In addition, this also acts a bandage that sticks to gums or lips and provides hours of relief and comfort.


A Washington DC orthodontist will prescribe pain medication if necessary. However, over-the-counter pain relievers may be quite helpful in the first couple of days of wearing your new aligners. When wearing a set of aligners for the first time, it may be beneficial to take a pain relieving medication and apply aligners before sleep. This prevents discomfort and soreness, providing adjustment time so your aligners already have a more comfortable fit.

Biotene XyliMelts

Invisalign may cause dry mouth in some patients, especially those who do public speaking such as speeches, lectures, or business meetings. Biotene is a mouth spray that helps fight against dry mouth by moisturizing the inside of your mouth for hours of additional comfort. XyliMelts are lozenges that rest in between your cheek and gums intended to coat, soothe, and lubricate the mouth throughout a work day or during a night’s sleep.

Finding Tips On How To Make Invisalign More Comfortable in Washington DC

In conclusion, Dr. Kumra and our team at Kumra Orthodontics are experts in orthodontic treatment. We are here to answer any questions or concerns regarding Invisalign or Invisalign Teen in Washington DC, Northeast Washington DC, Dupont Circle DC, K Street DC, Foggy Bottom MD, Bethesda MD, and areas of Stafford County VA. Contact us at Kumra Orthodontics to schedule a complimentary consultation today. Call now (202) 785-8672.