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A 46-year-old member asked:

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

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Zipkin
Dentistry 49 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.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. David Ostreicher
Specializes in Orthodontics
Mild discomfort: Invisalign is very gentle, and usually causes only mild discomfort. The forces are very mild, and there is never anything to poke or cut you.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Orthodontics 29 years experience
Neither: well, honestly, some people take some time to get used to them (a week or 2) but once they adjust they are at most mildly discomforting, but likely not really a problem at all!
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Bearable: Uncomfortable, but not unduly so. Manageable with OTC analgesics, soft diet, saline rinses, and good hygiene. More comfortable but less effective than braces. See fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist for best quality care and best management solutions.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

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