What to Expect for Your First Day of Invisalign

You’ve been waiting to straighten your smile for a long time and you’re eager to see the results! When the treatment is over, you will finally have the smile that you always wanted. You know about how the treatment works and you have all of the instructions that you need, but what exactly can you expect from the experience? What else do you need to know about your first few days? Continue reading to learn more about your first day of using Invisalign Clear Aligners so you know what to expect.

Temporary Lisp

When you begin your Invisalign treatment, it isn’t unlikely to begin speaking with a slight lisp. Before you begin worrying about talking like this the entire treatment, remember that it is just a result of your tongue getting used to the aligners in your mouth. This usually goes away after approximately a week.

Irritation of Soft Tissues

When you first get Invisalign, the soft tissues in your mouth won’t be used to the edges of your aligners quite yet. You will likely experience some irritation on your gums or the inside of your lips. This should go away after you get accustomed to wearing the aligners over time. If you are experiencing extreme discomfort or this does not improve, call your dentist. They will likely be able to trim the edges in order to make the aligners more comfortable.


No teeth straightening option comes without soreness. Even thought his won’t be as uncomfortable as regular braces, you are still bound to experience some discomfort associated with the pressure being put on your teeth to move them to their new locations. This should subside after a few days. If you need to relieve the soreness, you can take over-the-counter pain medication.

Difficulty Removal of Aligners

This teeth straightening treatment is designed to fit your teeth perfectly and tightly. This means that it can be difficult to remove when you need to eat, drink, or brush your teeth. Even though your dentist will show you how it’s done, it can still be difficult to get the hang of it. As time goes on, especially at the end of each two-week wear period, this should get easier. The first few days may not be the most comfortable and even feel a bit awkward. However, after a little bit of time you will easily be able to adjust to the aligners. With patience, you will be on a path towards a straighter smile.

About the Author

Dr. Joseph Zicchino provides a wide array of services, including Invisalign Clear Aligners, at his practice in Point Pleasant, NJ. He earned his dental degree from NYU Dental School and established Coastal Dental Group in 2004. For more information on Invisalign or to schedule a consultation, visit his website or call (732) 724-0296.