Straight teeth are desirable, not only because of the aesthetic benefits but also for the improved oral health it offers. Invisalign is a popular method of teeth straightening that involves wearing custom-made aligners made of smooth, comfortable plastic. Though generally safe and effective, sometimes users may experience pain or discomfort when their aligners cut into their gums.
What is Causing Your Invisalign Aligners to Cut Your Gums?
Poorly Fitted Aligners
If your aligners do not fit properly, it can cause the edges or corners of the aligner to cut into your gums. This is usually caused by an incorrect initial fitting of the aligner, or if you haven’t been wearing your aligners for the recommended amount of time.
Broken Aligner Trays
Sometimes Invisalign trays can become cracked, worn out or broken due to regular use. If this happens, the small pieces of plastic can dig into your gums and cause discomfort.
Too Tight Aligners
Sometimes Invisalign aligners are too tight or made from hard plastic, which can cause them to cut into your gums. This is usually because the aligner was not custom-made for you and does not fit properly.
If you’re experiencing gum pain due to your Invisalign aligners, you should speak with your orthodontist. They can adjust the fit of the aligner or provide a new tray if necessary. Additionally, they may suggest switching to a softer plastic material or using a different type of teeth straightening system altogether.
Speak with your orthodontist about the problem. They may suggest switching to a different type of teeth straightening system if Invisalign is not working for you.
You should speak with your orthodontist about the problem. They may be able to adjust the fit of the aligner or provide a new tray if necessary.
In some cases, Invisalign aligners can cut into your gums because they are poorly fitted, made of hard plastic or too tight. This is usually due to an incorrect initial fitting of the aligner, or if you haven’t been wearing your aligners for the recommended amount of time.