Does Invisalign Hurt?

Fast becoming the most popular alternative to traditional braces, Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that straightens your misaligned teeth without the need for uncomfortable metal wires or brackets typical of traditional braces. Invisalign has helped over 9 million people straighten their teeth and achieve their dream smiles.

Invisalign’s patented SmartTrack technology can be removed before you brush your teeth or sit down to a meal, so you will not have to worry about your treatment plan disrupting your busy social schedule.

Invisalign aligners have improved dentists’ control over the movement of your teeth, who can now straighten misalignment with more predictability and speed.

Will people know I am wearing my Invisalign aligners?

Invisalign aligners are transparent and discreet, so nobody will know when you are wearing your aligners unless you tell them. Custom-fit and comfortable, there will be minimal disruption to your lifestyle.

Will Invisalign hurt?

Some patients do experience very mild discomfort, often described as an odd squeezing sensation, as Invisalign works by gently applying pressure to your teeth to correct alignment. It may feel a little weird during your first few days of treatment, but most patients report Invisalign as being relatively pain-free.

Will Invisalign irritate my gums and tongue?

Studies show that very few Invisalign patients experience this kind of irritation. Invisalign aligners tend to be less irritating than traditional orthodontic braces which tend to use tight metal wires and brackets to straighten your teeth rather than Invisalign’s patented SmartTrack technology.

What is SmartTrack?

Invisalign’s patented SmartTrack technology has been researched and developed for almost a decade and is the product of decades more research into biomechanics and material science.

Invisalign creates an invisible aligner that provides comfort and absolute discretion while you receive your treatment. Invisalign uses revolutionary clear aligners which are created for you, aligning to the contours of your mouth to give you ultimate comfort. This contrasts with conventional orthodontics, which although have served their purpose for many years can break and irritate your mouth and gums, as well as hinder your busy lifestyle.

Invisalign aligners can be removed but wearing the aligners for 22-24 hours per day will yield the best results. This means you can brush your teeth and avoid certain foods getting stuck between your teeth by removing your aligners before you eat, but you must put your aligners back in for the duration of the day.

Reducing Discomfort During Invisalign Treatment

You may experience a very mild pressure when you change aligners. This is a good thing! It means your aligner fits correctly and is working as it should. Invisalign works by very gently pushing your teeth into correct alignment, so each new aligner is slightly different from the last. The sensation will not last for long but can be soothed by sucking on an ice cube or eating softer foods the days after you start a new aligner.

Is Invisalign for me?

In most cases, Invisalign is an excellent option for patients looking to straighten their teeth. Unlike the uncomfortable metal brackets and tight, noticeable wires typical of traditional braces, Invisalign is clear and comfortable, so you will have more confidence when you are out and about. It is up to you and your Revitalise practitioner to decide which treatment is best for you.

Crowded teeth

If you have crowded teeth, you do not have enough room in your jaw for your teeth to fit normally. Crowded teeth can make it difficult for you to floss or brush your teeth properly. Long-term it is easier for plaque, tartar and other harmful bacteria to build up.  This can result in tooth decay and gum disease.

Spaced teeth

If you have extra space between your teeth pieces of food can get stuck, leading to sore gums and gum disease. In most cases, Invisalign treatment can remedy spaced teeth in 12-18 months.


An overbite is when your upper front teeth overlap with your lower front teeth, causing various short-term and long-term issues such as pain in your jaw and permanent damage to your teeth. Invisalign can correct an overbite.


Invisalign treatment can fix an underbite which is when you close your mouth, and your front upper teeth sit behind your lower front teeth. An underbite can make it difficult to speak clearly, and chew food properly.


A crossbite is when some of your upper teeth sit inside your lower teeth, rather than the outside where they should be. If you have a crossbite, talk to your Revitalise practitioner about Invisalign treatment. Over time a crossbite can cause gum recession and other painful issues that can threaten your oral health.

Open bite

An open bite is when your upper and lower teeth do not meet when your mouth is closed, making it difficult to chew or bite down.

A Mixture of Baby and Permanent Teeth

As a parent, you want the best for your children. As your child grows so does their smile, and between the ages of 6 and 10 is the perfect time to start orthodontic treatment. This is known as phase 1 treatment. Talk to your Revitalise practitioner if you think your child could benefit from Invisalign.

What if Invisalign is not a suitable treatment for me?

For most patients, Invisalign is a suitable treatment that can correct misaligned teeth in just 6 months on average. Invisalign may not be suitable for you if you have dental implants or veneers, but it is best to talk to your Revitalise practitioner. Our team will assess your oral health and map out a detailed treatment plan.

If Invisalign is not right for you, Six Month Smiles ® may be the solution to your misaligned teeth. A transparent fixed treatment, Six Month Smiles ® is a custom-fit aligner that can correct your smile in just 24 weeks. Unlike Invisalign, Six Month Smiles ® straightens your front, most visible teeth, and is a fixed treatment. Invisalign aims to correct whole mouth misalignment but can be removed for added flexibility in your busy schedule as long as you are wearing the aligners for at least 22-24 hours per day. While Six Month Smiles ® does not have the same flexibility as Invisalign, the treatment is transparent and discreet, so straightening your teeth still does not have to throw a spanner in your self-confidence.

Talk to your Revitalise practitioner about whether Six Month Smiles ® or Invisalign is right for you.

Is there a cheaper alternative to Invisalign?

After assisting over 9 million people to straighten their smiles, it is no wonder Invisalign’s success has resulted in a rise in copycat treatments and cheap alternatives. At Revitalise you are cared for right from your first consultation. Invisalign aligners are customised to fit the contours of your own mouth, meaning your journey will be painless and carefree. Copycat treatments are dangerous – without custom-fit aligners created specifically with your needs and oral health in mind, duplicate treatments can result in bleeding gums and prolonged dental implications that can threaten your oral health long term. Invisalign is the result of decades of scientific research and development and is trusted worldwide. At Revitalise we offer financial plans, so if the cost is on your mind talk to your Revitalise practitioner. Gambling with cheap copycat treatments just is not worth the risk to your long-term oral health.

What is the Invisalign process?

Before you begin receiving your Invisalign aligners, your Revitalise practitioner will assess your oral health to ensure you are suitable for the treatment. Most of our patients find they are suitable for Invisalign.

Following your initial consultation, your Revitalise practitioner will discuss and map out an informative treatment plan with you, which will be dependent on your age and overall oral health. You will be expected to wear your aligners for at least 22-24 hours per day, and regular appointments are a must.

Your dentist will map out a full treatment plan by studying and pinpointing the movements of your teeth. By moulding the aligners to the contours of your mouth, we can ensure the correct amount of pressure is applied to your teeth at the correct time with little or no discomfort to you.

The new aligners will slowly adjust your teeth to the desired position, gently nudging your teeth with a comfortable amount of pressure. Your aligners are uniquely customised to fit the contours of your mouth, so you might not even be aware your Invisalign treatment is working.

To prevent your teeth from moving after your treatment is complete, we recommend fixed and removable retainers. We provide 3 sets of Invisalign Vivera retainers to make sure you have that security for years to come.

Can I receive other treatments after Invisalign?

When you choose Revitalise Dental Centre for Invisalign, you will receive a complimentary teeth whitening treatment. Many of our patients choose to further enhance their smile with Revitalise after their Invisalign treatment is complete.

Cosmetic Bonding

Composite bonding, otherwise known as direct resin bonding or cosmetic bonding, is the application of a special form of tooth-coloured plastic to your teeth. Cosmetic bonding can improve the overall shape of your damaged, decayed, and/or discoloured teeth. Non-invasive and usually requiring one single appointment, our very own Dr Jason Smithson is known worldwide for his expertise in the technique of cosmetic bonding. Dr Smithson pioneered the technique in the UK decades ago and continues to regularly educate other dental practitioners.

Dental Implants

If you already have dental implants, Invisalign may not be a suitable treatment for you. If you are thinking of getting dental implants to replace a missing or broken tooth, then your Revitalise practitioner may suggest you receive your Invisalign treatment first. A straightforward and painless treatment, dental implants create a natural look and feel like real teeth, replicating the look and feel of a natural tooth, with a ceramic crown and titanium “root”. There are three different types of dental implants; a single tooth implant, an implant supported bridge, and a full arch.

Single Tooth Implant

If you just have one tooth missing, it can be replaced with a single implant. In terms of your oral health, this treatment restores functionality and improves the health of neighbouring teeth and your jawbone by adding support.

Implant Supported Bridge

An implant supported bridge fills multiple gaps in your mouth.

Full arch

If you are receiving a full arch of dental implants, commonly all your remaining teeth will be removed. You will not need 32 implants surgically placed. Your lower jaw will need a minimum of two implants, while your upper jaw will require a minimum of four as the bone is often softer in your upper jaw.


Veneers are the quick and painless solution to stained and/or chipped teeth. Whether you are wanting to fix a large gap in your teeth or treat a stained tooth, porcelain veneers at Revitalise are custom made at our very own dedicated laboratory, enabling our technicians to build your veneers and other prostheses on-site. You can improve your smile in just 2-4 weeks, achieving more functionality as well as building your self-esteem.

Invisalign Treatment at Revitalise

From our beautiful eco-friendly practice in St Agnes, Cornwall, our hardworking team of dental practitioners are proud to deliver Invisalign treatment to our patients.  Here at Revitalise Dental Centre, we love to see our patients improve their oral health from Invisalign treatment and grow in confidence when they discover their Invisalign smile. Invisalign does not hurt, although it may feel a little odd for a few days after you receive a new aligner. This is a positive sign your treatment is working and means you are well on your way to a straighter, more beautiful smile. Improve your self-confidence and your overall oral health in just 6-12 months with Invisalign treatment, here at Revitalise Dental Centre.

If you have any further questions about Invisalign or are ready to book your initial consultation, contact us today through the Revitalise website or give us a call on 01872 555 911.

About the author


Alkisti Vousvouni graduated from Cardiff University in 2010. She has since led a diverse career, growing her skills and offering a variety of treatments to best care for her patients. She worked in the Oral and Maxillofacial Department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital where she was introduced to aspects of general medicine, facial reconstruction and complex tooth removal. She taught students at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, and even joined a group of doctors on a research expedition to Southern and Eastern Africa A very important part of Alkisti’s work is to ensure nervous patients of all ages feel comfortable and confident in their smiles and oral health.

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What our Clients say

Marion visited Revitalise to reclaim her smile with a complete implant treatment. In this video, she explains how the staff at the practice put her at ease and why she recommends Revitalise to everyone she meets.

Client: Marion
Treatment: Complete mouth secured with implants

“The minute I met Martin, I just knew he was so calm and relaxing. So then we had a discussion and Martin said what he could do and it had to be what our pocket could afford as well and we went ahead with it. The experience I had at this dentist was unbelievable, it was a journey I loved every minute of.”

Client: Dee
Treatment: Dental Implants

“There’s always smiling, handshakes, hugs and plenty of tea and coffee. They looked after my husband who was there for the day. They do the sedation and Hayley looked after me. Obviously I was unaware of exactly what they were doing, but they always make you feel so comfortable. Although you’re nervous, I don’t think I could’ve gone and got the same treatment anywhere else.”

Client: Carolyn
Treatment: Dental Implants

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