doctor king

Does Invisalign Hurt?

July 6, 2020

So you're probably here because you have questions about Invisalign and the Invisalign process.

One of the most common Invisalign questions I get is, "Do they hurt?" Maybe a very mild sensation of pressure - I've never had a patient complain about sensitivity from the clear aligners. It's a much more gradual impact of movement compared to braces.

The number 2 question I get is, "Does it stain my teeth?" With braces you have the brackets and the wire and behind the brackets you'll get plaque that accumulates and that's what typically stains the teeth. With clear aligners, we don't have that material that traps plaque on the tooth's surface, so we don't see staining with our patients.

"Is it as fast as braces? Is it quicker than braces?" That answer is on a per case basis. Invisalign is probably done within the 8-10 month mark- some are as short as even 5 months, and some as long as 18 months to 2 years. The average case that I see is around that 8-10 month mark.