If you’re experiencing discomfort from your Invisalign aligners, it’s important to take action quickly. Cutting or irritation from the plastic trays can be extremely uncomfortable and can even lead to long-term damage if not addressed properly. Here are a few tips for dealing with aligner-caused gum cutting:

Have the Edge Smoothed Out

Invisalign alignersFirst and foremost, if you’re experiencing excessive pain or bleeding, contact your orthodontist immediately. In most cases, they will be able to provide a solution or adjust the aligners for a better fit by smoothing the edges of your aligners.

Clean the Edges

Use a soft toothbrush and fluoride-free toothpaste to clean the edges of your aligners each time you take them out. This will help clear away any rough or sharp edges that have formed and will also keep bacteria from building up around the gums.

Apply Orthodontic Wax

Use orthodontic wax on your aligners. This wax serves as a cushion between the plastic and your gums, helping to prevent any additional cutting or irritation.

Ensure a Correct Fit

Finally, take extra care when putting your aligners back in after you’ve eaten or brushed your teeth. Make sure they fit snugly on the gum line before pushing them into place. If they don’t seem to fit properly, talk to your orthodontist before continuing. They can work with you to make necessary adjustments to ensure a proper fit.

Change to New Aligners Before Bed

When first changing your new aligners, you will often notice cuts, pain, or discomfort in your gums to allow your gums to get used to the new aligners; you can change to the new set before bed. This will allow your mouth to become used to the new set while you sleep.

To relieve the pain caused by your new aligners, we also recommend the following:

Over-the-counter pain medications can help within the first 12-24 hours of wearing a new set of aligners. Ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen are great options for reducing pain and inflammation. Take as recommended. Ointments such as Canker-X can also be used to relieve any sores in the mouth to help numb the area.

Use cold compresses on your cheeks. This can help soothe the gums and mucosa. Only use cold compresses for 20 minutes at a time to avoid skin damage.

Don’t eat hard or crunchy foods. This can further irritate your gums and mucosa, making them even more sore and inflamed.

Invisalign at King Orthodontics

If you take the necessary steps and precautions, you can minimize the risk of gum cutting from Invisalign aligners. However, if the problem persists or gets worse over time, it’s important to contact your orthodontist for additional help. With the right care and attention, you can keep your gums healthy and comfortable throughout your Invisalign treatment.

Contact King Orthodontic today to learn more about how Invisalign can correct your smile!