There are many benefits of Invisalign. The clear aligners are virtually invisible to the naked eye. Unlike traditional metal braces, they can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. Even though Invisalign is known for its comfort, some patients have noticed that it gives them headaches.
Headaches may pop up when you first begin Invisalign treatment or switch aligner trays. This is because your mouth, teeth, and gums need a bit of time to get used to the trays in your mouth. They may feel tight and cause you to clench your teeth. Also, as your teeth shift, they can strain your jaw temporarily and lead to headaches.
Your jaw alignment and unique teeth will dictate the severity of your headaches. Fortunately, they are typically minor. If you get a headache as a result of Invisalign, rest assured this is perfectly normal and the discomfort will subside shortly. You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever like Ibuprofen or tough it out for a day or two. If possible, relax, take it easy, spend some time outside, and distract yourself from your headache.
In the event your headaches are so painful that they get in the way of your quality of life, contact our office as soon as you can. There may be an issue with your aligners. You might also be developing TMJ disorder or facing a misaligned bite.
Our dental team will perform a thorough oral exam, take some x-rays, and do whatever we need to do to get the answers we need. Rest assured we’ll get to the bottom of the issue and help you find the relief you deserve.
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For more information on Invisalign or to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact Downtown Dental today. Call 919-897-7646. We look forward to hearing from you!