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How To Make Invisalign More Comfortable

The Invisalign system has become known for its various advantages. Unlike braces, Invisalign remains lightweight, comfortable, as well as virtually invisible! Clear aligners are composed of smooth thermoplastic for maximum comfort. However,  some patients may experience slight discomfort when wearing new aligners for the first time until their mouth adjusts. Here are some tips on how to make Invisalign more comfortable:

Orthodontic wax

Orthodontic wax is a clear silicone wax that is made specifically for dental use. In addition to an emery board, you can also help reduce or prevent irritation in your gums, tongue, or lip by applying orthodontic wax along the gum line where the aligner edges are located. A tiny strip of wax is pushed flat against the gums in order to prevent Invisalign aligners from irritating gums.

Emery board

As a leading orthodontist in Parkland FL, we understand it is common for Invisalign patients to receive a new set of aligners and experience slight discomfort in their tongue or cheek from an edge of their Invisalign aligners. In order to resolve this issue, we recommend using an emery board, which has a smooth side and a coarse side, similar to a nail file. An emery board helps smooth out Invisalign edges to encourage a more comfortable fit.


Canker-X is an ointment that is used to treat canker sores and sores in the mouth. This ointment is made containing benzocaine, which is a topical anesthetic that numbs the area of application. In addition, the ointment also acts a bandage that sticks to gums or lips. As a result, patients receive hours of comfort and relief.


how to make invisalign more comfortable parkland flOver-the-counter pain relievers may be quite helpful on the first day of wearing your new aligners. When wearing aligners for the first time, it may be beneficial to take a pain reliever and apply Invisalign or Invisalign Teen before sleep to prevent against discomfort. This helps to provide 6-8 hours of adjustment time. Therefore, when you wake up, your aligners should 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 moisturizing spray that helps prevent dry mouth by lubricating the inside of your mouth for hours of additional comfort. XyliMelts are lozenges that are intended to rest in between your cheek and gums in order to coat, soothe, and moisturize the mouth throughout the day or night.

Finding Out How To Make Invisalign More Comfortable

Dr. John and our team at John Orthodontics are experts in orthodontic care. We are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding Invisalign or Invisalign Teen in Parkland FL, Coral Springs FL, Coconut Creek FL, Boca Raton FL, Pompano Beach FL, and Deerfield Beach FL. Contact John Orthodontics to schedule a free consultation today. Call now 954-575-3313

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