If you are thinking of getting Invisalign treatment, then whether or not it hurts might be something that you are thinking about. In the following blog post we tell you all you need to know in relation to Invisalign pain and give you some valuable information that should help you.

Is Invisalign pain something to worry about?

The short answer is no, not really. Let’s examine this answer in more detail though.

One of the great things about Invisalign is that it’s relatively pain free compared to traditional braces. One of the key reasons is that there’s no rubbing with Invisalign against your cheeks and mouth. This means that Invisalign is generally more comfortable than alternative treatments.

Any pain that you do experience from Invisalign should be minor and relatively short-lived. This minor pain comes from the fact that Invisalign is progressively shifting your teeth into their new alignment. Whenever your teeth are shifted or moved, there is inevitably at least a little discomfort. Most of this discomfort will tend to come in the first few days of wearing new aligners though. After that once the aligners start the process of realigning the teeth, any pain tends to be to an absolute minimum.

How do Invisalign patients describe the experience?

One of the best ways to assess Invisalign pain is to refer to what people who have already been through Invisalign treatment say about it. Most patients report a sense of pressure and/or tenderness in their mouth rather than actual pain. More than 50% of Invisalign patients surveyed have stated that they experience no pain, or very mild pain during their treatment. Those who did state they has some degree of pain, said that it only lasted for 2-3 days.

Can you do anything to reduce or alleviate Invisalign pain?

Yes you can. We have some great tips for you on how you can reduce the pain from Invisalign, or remove it altogether.

Firstly, avoid crispy, crunchy or chewy food during those times when your teeth or gums are sore. This will help to keep pain to a minimum.

Suck on ice cubes when your aligners are removed. This will also help to kerb any pain you experience.

Talk to your dentist about remedies and supplementary treatments that are available to reduce any pain you have. They are fully trained in these areas, so can help you with this.

Where can I get more detailed information?

There have been some excellent and very detailed studies done on in this area. If you want to you can access these studies and view controlled scientific-based data regarding Invisalign treatment and the associated pain.

One such study was conducted by Koji Fujiyama of the Fujiyama Orthodontic Clinic in 2014. The results have been posted online for you to view on the link provided. This is an extract from the conclusion of the study:

… Invisalign results in less pain compared to the edgewise appliance approximately 3 days after delivery or adjustment during the initial stage (approximately 5 weeks) of the treatment. Overall, at the end of the treatment, patients also observed that less pain was felt with Invisalign treatment.


We hope that your mind has now been put to rest regarding Invisalign pain. There’s really nothing to worry about in this regard. It’s likely any pain you have will be kept to an absolute minimum.

If you are happy with this element of Invisalign and want to know more about other Invisalign topics, then visit our dedicated Invisalign page where we have lots more useful and valuable information for you.