Is teeth straightening painful with Aligners or Braces?

Is teeth Straightening Painful With Aligners Or Braces
Is teeth Straightening Painful With Aligners Or Braces
  • Published Date: September 24, 2019
  • Updated Date: September 3, 2021
  • Reading Time: 2 min

Teeth straightening is not only limited to teenagers or youngsters, but with the help of proper orthodontic treatment, the adults can also correct their crooked misaligned teeth. The teeth straightening for adults can either be done with the help of traditional braces or invisible aligners.

But the common question that arises in everyone’s mind is that, are clear braces or invisible aligners painful? Yes, to some extent, you can feel a little bit of discomfort while wearing these aligners as your mouth will be experiencing a sudden change. There is nothing to worry as these invisible aligners are customized according to your teeth and orthodontic problem so they will fit the same. The pain can persist for a day or two as your teeth are adhering to the new treatment. While getting the traditional metal braces the pain can remain for more than 2 days or a week. The reason being the teeth are aligned according to the metal wire, and this can lead to soreness and pain.

Why Clear Braces or Aligners Hurt?

The invisible aligners are based on the technology that aligns your teeth accordingly. As they are working on your teeth from outside by putting pressure, so it can cause a little discomfort. The pain may remain for the first two days probably, and after that, your teeth will adhere to them.

But, why do these aligners or clear braces hurt? Here are some of the pointers:

  • The teeth are adjusting to new aligner trays that the patient has to switch every 10 days.
  • The outside pressure and pain depict the invisible aligners are working on your teeth.
  • Unless your mouth gets habitual of wearing them, the gums and the tongue will feel some irritation.

These clear braces may hurt, but you can tell that clear aligners are doing their work. It is not at all complicated and less painful than the traditional braces. Moreover, you can even remove them while you are eating or consuming any drinks or brushing your teeth. The clear braces help in molding your teeth structure perfectly so it will cause a mild pain.

Straight My Teeth understands these issues very well and have tried their best to eliminate any inconvenience in your invisible aligner treatment. You will get bespoke and snug-fit invisible aligners, that will be designed to achieve optimum results.


  1. My husband’s discomfort with clear aligners lasted about 2 days with each new set and then he got so well adjusted with it, it was barely an issue. Can’t say the same for the braces I had back as a teen.

    1. An aligner is a new technology for teeth straightening and it is normal for the aligner to cause slight discomfort in the initial days as your teeth are not used to wear aligners.

  2. Real talk – Do the aligners hurt or not? I have heard like two completely different things. I can’t make up my mind.

    1. Mild pain or soreness for a few days is a sign that your aligners are working. They’re gently moving your teeth into your beautiful new smile. A lot of people wonder if clear aligners hurt. “It is normal to feel slight pain when wearing aligners”

    1. The aligner applies a precise amount of force to align teeth, and this results in pain but eventually, it settles down with the passage of time

    1. This is the new technology for teeth straightening. So now there is no painful mouth full of metal.

    1. Biting down on a chewie helps the aligners fit more closely to the teeth so that your treatment progresses faster. Using the chewies also helps relieve tension and discomfort when putting in a fresh set of aligners until your teeth begin to shift.

    1. Any adjustment to your mouth will come with some pain and discomfort, especially at the start of your treatment. Overall, aligner pain is mild, only lasts for a maximum of two days.

  3. The good thing about the clear aligners pain is that it doesn’t last long. For me it lasted about 1 day and my mouth got used to them.

    1. The initial pain is usually causing the trays are too tight, as you continue wearing the aligner the pain fades. The pain usually exists for 2- 4 days of initial wear and most when you switch to the next one.

    1. If there is no issue you can proceed with the treatment. We require X-Ray only if there is a gum recession, tooth mobility and any oral conditions

  4. IMO, initially, aligners cause discomfort and a little bit irritation too, but then you get used to it. It’s nothing when compared to the metal braces sraping against the insides of your mouth though.

    1. StraightmMyTeeth aligners are clearest in quality and are far more affordable than others. They are customized, handcrafted & trimmed to the gum line, making them snug fit and more comfortable to wear. Aligners apply precise force on your teeth, so though not painful, minor discomfort is felt at the beginning of the treatment, it takes only a couple of days to get used to.

    1. Clear aligners is the new technology to straighten your teeth at home. No need to visit dentist office, all the treatment will be done from the comfort of your home. Clear aligners are easily removable and are are very comfortable. Clear aligners correct teeth alignment in the same way as braces. But, unlike braces, you don’t need to pop to the dentist to get them fitted to your teeth. The mould of your teeth is used to design aligners that fit perfectly around your teeth. The teeth straightening treatment requires, just like metal braces, regular wearing. Ideally, you should wear your clear aligners for teeth for 22 hours a day for a 2-week period to start seeing improvements without the first couple of months. However, the length of the treatment varies depending on the cases. Mild teeth straightening situations can be resolved within a 6-month treatment, while others may require a year.

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