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A 36-year-old female asked:

your opinion on the pain of inman aligner vs. the pain of invisalign? i'm def. an invisalign candidate; might be for inman (anterior crowding only).

6 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Mchugh
Specializes in Dentistry
Crowding: The real concern with anterior crowding is really not straightening the teeth but making sure they stay there. You really need the opinion of a qualified orthodontist to make that call. Spending any money just to have them revert to their pretreatment position is sad for both you and the dentist.
Dr. Marshall Dicker
Dentistry 46 years experience
Invisalign: Remember one thing....This type of " aligner " ortho only works if you can wear the appliance at least 17 hours a day. It does make speaking a bit difficult and if you lose an aligner you have to pay for a new one i recommend the fixed braces.....We can use very esthetic brackets and wires if that is a concern.
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
No difference: Either appliance will move the teeth and every person's reaction/tolerance to teeth moving is unique. However, the movements with both are gradual and light so i would not anticipate anything to a great degree. The most important consideration is if this method accomplishes the goals of treatment effectively, which i would anticipiate their effectiveness to about equal.
Dr. David Ostreicher
Specializes in Orthodontics
Invisalign less: Inman aligner uses on one appliance to move the teeth. Therefore, the initial force will be substantially higher, and there might be more pain associated. Invisalign uses a series of aligners, each one programed to move the teeth a very, very small distance. Therefore, there is less initial pressure, and less associated discomfort.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Force related: Both use light continuous force to guide tooth movement. Your body reacts the same to equivalent amounts of force, no matter the hardware. Concerns with aligning "just front teeth" is 1)difficulty in achieving adequate post-treatment stability, and 2) to align just front teeth may require advancement/expansion of teeth off of bone support causing gum/bone damage. See a qualified Orthodontist.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Equally the same: In fact, inman or invisalign a lot less painful than traditional braces because since you’re changing trays so often, you can do smaller movements each time. You mostly only experience some discomfort for the first day or two of each tray,

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me docs, is invisalign painful or just discomforting?

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Dr. Kenneth Zipkin
Dentistry 48 years experience
Not painful: The aligners when placed, move the teeth very little and the discomfort is short lived. Once inserted, there is no more movement until the recommended next tray.

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