Post # 31
I have actual ceramic & metal braces on right now, I’ve had them on 14months. My teeth are almost always hurting, but its moreso my inner lip and cheeks being cut up that cause me the most grief. I’m glad I chose actual braces because if I had invisalign I’d totally be tempted to just rip them out too. At least this way I am just forced to put up with it.Try panadol or an anti inflamm tablet, it should ease the pain.
Post # 32
I had invisalign in high school. I remember the first day being so miserable. I had to go back to class and it hurt to even talk plus I remember being very self-concious. I think that first day was the worst. Each new set hurts but I think your gums get used to it. I got almost completely finished with mine and then, stupidly, decided not to finish because the orthodontist wanted to me to go back like 6 sets to readjust one tooth. I don’t know why my mom allowed me to stop but it was so stupid. Now my teeth are back to how they were before. So, keep with the pain or else you’ll regret it later! Good luck! I promise it gets better!
Post # 33
i had braces as a teen, my husband had invisalign (and ended up needing traditional braces in the end) and he finished his treatment last summer. i don’t remember how much discomfort he had, but i know my braces hurt like a mother for a couple of days after each adjustment!
and when i had to start wearing rubberbands, omg… i remember sitting in my geometry class completely unable to concentrate because my head felt like it was going to explode, it was throbbing so badly. and it took all my will power to not take those rubberbands out. but i’m glad i hung in there because within a week i could tell a big difference in my bite and my ortho commented on it as well, so that made me feel good!
i promise it’s totally worth all the pain- i get compliments on my teeth/smile all the time!- so keep on keeping on! good luck!
Post # 34
Glad to hear you are starting to feel better. How long have you got to wear each set for? By the end of the time you’ll barely notice they are there (that is a good thing because it means you’re ready for the next set…and a bit of pain again!)
Post # 35
It gets better. You can do this. A few aspirin help. 😛
Wearing braces (invisalign, etc.) is one of the worse pains I’ve ever experienced, because it’s the “low, dull ache that won’t quit” as opposed to a quick injury. Hang in there.
Post # 36
I’ve had permanent, “metal bar” retainers on the top and bottom for the last 15 years. I’ve never (knock on wood) had to have them fixed or replaced, and they were so much better for my situation than the nightly retainer. Flossing has never been an issue for me — I floss around them and got a really good electric toothbrush. My dentists have always been impressed, so it can’t be too bad.
Post # 37
Relax! I did metal braces at age 25 and they were so painful, even without the rubber bands! I was so embarrassed, but they said it would take longer if I did Invisalign. First I had a palet retainer. I had to take it out and turn a key to expand it, which made it tighter. I felt like throwing up every time I talked! Then I had to go for visits to tighten them every two weeks once I had the metal ones. My cheeks and lips were always cut. I had some parents tell me what I good role model I was for their girls (my third grade students) because they would be getting them soon. I never wanted to smile, but it was worth it in the end. My (now ex) bf always told me I was beautfiul, even if I didn’t feel that way. Stick with it!!!
Post # 38
I’m 2/3 of the way through my 18 month treatment. It still hurts every two weeks when I switch aligners. BUT trust me, when you start to SEE and FEEL changes, the discomfort will feel weirdly bearable.
Advil is your friend. Also, my ortho told me to gently file (nail file) and sharp or pokey bits as needed. My first few sets dug into my gums and a specific point, so that helped, + orajel.
I have the inside bumps too… and I didn’t think it possible at the time but you really will get used to them. Now I almost like the way they guide my jaw into a more comfortable position. The only part I hate is how much I “fidget” with my mouth now without thinking about it. People must think I’m a weirdo.
But trust me, it gets better! You’ll be so glad you did this. I spend a lot of time just smiling into the mirror now. I hated my teeth for so long.
Post # 39
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Pop a pain reliever or use some ice and a heating pad on your jaw.
Post # 40
I have metal and ceramic fixed braces at the moment, I’m finally a year in. The first few days and the first couple of tightenings were the worst but mostly because of the mouth ulcers/ripped cheeks the new braces caused. Finding a comfortable way to sleep was hard too as I had to learn to sleep on my back. I feel your pain! Hang in there though and remember why you’re doing this on the first place. If it hurts it means your teeth are moving which is fantastic! Some people suck an ice cube as it numbs the pain a little, maybe try that too. When I first had my braces put on I thought it might feel as though they’d be on forever, but the year has passed quickly and the movement in my teeth has always been quick so seeing the results has helped. The improvement is amazing, I’m so pleased I took the plunge! So stay strong and beat the trays! They will greatly improve the appearance of your teeth and usually your general oral health. Try not to be self conscious either – nobody cares but you so it’s a waste of energy. This too shall pass…Good luck!
Post # 41
I’m 29 and have those damned rubber bands on my braces right now… Geez they make your teeth move quick though! I’ll be brace free in 5 months, all the pain and cut up cheeks and lips will be worth it when I actually like my smile!
Post # 42
Oh no! I’m starting my Invisilign journey in a couple weeks, now I’m nervous!
Post # 43
I hope you are feeling a little better by now. I had invisalign, I’m all done YAY, but for me the pain was brutal for about 2 weeks, and would be pretty painful the first day or 2 of a new set of trays, for the first 2 months, after that the new trays felt snug, but not painful. I suggest taking advil (extra strength) and avoid eating hard food, super painful. Good luck!
Post # 44
@mrspiggles: it gets better! I finished invisalign about 6 months ago and now just wear invisalign retainers at night. Like you when I first got them I thought it was the worst mistake I ever made b/c they hurt so bad that I couldn’t even talk. My tongue and gums kept getting cut by the plastic. One thing that helped me was having the orthodontist shave down the parts on each tray that were digging into my gums. I also had huge supplies or oragel and advil! I had to wear trays daily for about 14 months. After awhile I didn’t even notice them and felt weird when I took them off to eat/drink. Also keep thinking about the end result- after I was done I was so happy and couldn’t believe I waited until I was 30 to fix my teeth!
Post # 45
Please don’t be nervous!
A lot has changed in the last week!!!!
The pain is completely gone, the retainers don’t feel like foreign objects in my mouth anymore, things are finally looking up!
I was never made aware of the initial pain, I was caught off guard and unprepared. Now at least you know that it will hurt the first day and every time you change the retainers.
My teeth have already shifted a tiny bit, so much so, my bite is no longer aligned! So when I take them off to eat, I can’t fully bite down.
Also, FYI, my teeth are extremely sensitive. They feel very weak and unprotected when I eat. I can’t wait to finish eating to brush my teeth and put the retainers back on. Weird. haha
You’ll be fine, we can be each other’s support group! haha
Oh hard food…. my front teeth really hurt. One of them is supposed to be moving back and it is so sensitive I want to rip it off!!!!! I made the mistake of biting into a breakfast burrito the other day…. yeah I won’t be doing that again…… lol but I am so much better!!!! It will still take a long while before I am fully comfortable and used to them, but every day gets better. And I can sleep which is a HUGE bonus.
My tongue is finally healing! Boy was that rough….. I got a bunch of cuts on the bottom part of my tongue and those were so painful! But I’m slowly adjusting, my tongue doesn’t hurt anymore…. things are finally looking up! I guess it wasn’t a mistake after all huH! haha