Do Clear Aligners Hurt? What Can You Do About It?

Does clear aligners treatment hurt
Does clear aligners treatment hurt
  • Published Date: December 11, 2020
  • Updated Date: May 11, 2021
  • Reading Time: 6 min

Medically Reviewed by

Dr. Pradhan

There comes a time when we take the decision to do something about our teeth. We want that winning smile, we want to feel confident in how we look, and we also have the power to make the change. Clear Aligners can often be a great choice to help you get the smile and straighter teeth that you are hoping for. However, there is one big question that many people have, does clear Aligners treatment hurt? If so, what can you do about it?

There is no denying that clear Aligners will cause you some discomfort and pain at times. Anyone that would say that the process is completely painless is not being truthful with you. After all, you are taking big action against your teeth and we all know how uncomfortable things like toothache and issues in our mouth can be. However, the great news is that there are things that you can do to help you ease any discomfort or pain that you may experience.

So why get clear Aligners?

There are a number of reasons why you may want to get clear Aligners and more specifically it will be to get straighter teeth and to improve the overall look of your appearance and smile. But why choose clear Aligners over other options? Here are a few things to think about:

  •  Aligners are better than painful braces – there is a lot of metal pressure in your mouth that the braces can cause more pain.
  • Mental braces cause issues inside your mouth such as cuts and abrasions.

What causes the pain in Aligners?

There are reasons why you may be experiencing pain from your clear Aligners. Here are a few reasons why this might be happening:

  • Tighter trays
  • Stretching fibres
  •  New bone formation
  • Chipped aligner
  • Irritation in the mouth due to the aligner

Thankfully there are things that you can do to help resolve the issue of sin and discomfort when embarking on your clear aligner treatments. Here are some of the pain relief options you can consider.

Warm saline rinses

This is a method that has been around for some time, but you could really benefit from it if you are feeling some pain and discomfort after and during Aligner treatment. Take some lukewarm water and add a pinch of salt to it. Then rinse this around your mouth. You can do this up to six times a day if you wish. It can also help you to ensure that you keep your mouth clean and hygienic. So there are two main benefits for using this option to help you relieve some pain in the mouth area.

Ice-cold foods can help

We all know that ice-cold options can numb the pain, such as adding ice to a swelling or injury externally, the same process can be used for your mouth to help numb the pain. You could consider eating ice-cold treats like ice pops or ice cubes just make sure you remove your aligner before biting down on them. The cold will help to numb the pain in your mouth and give you some relief from the discomfort you may have been experiencing. Any frozen foods could work, and many consider freezing fruit as a healthy snack as well as treatment for pain.

Soft foods can help

There will always be sacrifices that you may need to make and so you might need to think about the food you eat while undergoing the process of clear aligner treatment. Soups, soft foods such as produce, can all be welcome additions, especially on days where you are feeling the pain more than usual. After some time has passed, you may get used to the aligner treatment and also can enjoy some of your favourite foods once again.


It may sound like an obvious suggestion but people can be quick to ignore the power of a simple painkiller during this process. Paracetamol can dull the ache and discomfort that you may be feeling and enable you to get on with your day. While you may not want to be popping painkillers all of the time, this could be an ideal toon for when the pain is more unbearable than at other times. Perhaps after treatment when most of the discomfort may be felt.

Use new Aligners at night

There is no denying that when you have new Aligners to use that the pain can be harder to handle as your mouth gets used to them. A great tip is to use them at night. While you are sleeping, you may be oblivious to the discomfort and it will give you time to adjust to the new Aligners. While it may not always be an option to do this, it is worth trying to ensure that you give your mouth time to adjust over a period of time, and at night is the ideal option to do it. Especially as you are more relaxed.

Visit your dentist regularly

A lot of people just want to get on with the aligner treatment and perhaps rush the process, but it is essential to have regular visits with your dentist while undergoing the treatment. Your dentist can keep track of the progress you are making with your aligner treatment and also help when it comes to any pain or discomfort that you may be experiencing. Ignoring the pain can cause more harm than good, especially if it could be easily rectified by visiting the dentist and checking everything is as it should be.

So there you have it. There will be some pain and discomfort to be experienced when undergoing clear aligner treatment, but the results could be overwhelming to help you feel more confident in your smile and general appearance. Anything that is worth doing may take time and a little sacrifice, but thankfully you will now be aware of some of the ways you can cope with it. Let’s hope this has you feeling more assured about taking on clear aligner treatment.

Medically Reviewed by

Dr. Pradhan

One comment

  1. If you have had metal braces before, you will know that clear braces pain is not even pain, it is just a slight discomfort.

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