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The journey to achieve a perfect smile often leads to considering various orthodontic treatments. Among the options available, Invisalign stands out for its aesthetic appeal and the promise of a less invasive process compared to traditional braces. However, one question that frequently arises among our patients at Walt Orthodontics is: “How painful is Invisalign?” Today’s article aims to shed light on this concern, offering insights into the comfort level you can expect with Invisalign treatment.

Understanding Invisalign Discomfort

Invisalign, a modern orthodontic solution, utilizes custom-made, clear aligners to gradually shift your teeth into their proper position. Unlike traditional braces, which rely on metal brackets and wires, Invisalign aligners are made of smooth, BPA-free plastic, designed for comfort and aesthetics. But does this innovation translate to a pain-free experience?

Initial Adjustment Period

Just like any orthodontic treatment, Invisalign involves an adjustment period. During the first few days of wearing a new set of aligners, patients may experience a sense of pressure or discomfort. This sensation is a normal part of the process, indicating that the aligners are effectively moving your teeth. Typically, this initial discomfort subsides within a few days as your mouth adjusts to the aligners.

Comparison to Traditional Braces

When compared to traditional metal braces, Invisalign is generally considered to be less painful. The absence of metal brackets and wires reduces the risk of irritation to the inside of your mouth. However, it’s important to note that the sensation of tooth movement, inherent to all orthodontic treatments, can still cause temporary discomfort.

Managing Discomfort

For those concerned about potential pain, there are several strategies to manage discomfort during Invisalign treatment:

  • Incorporate Soft Foods into Your Diet: Opt for softer foods to ease the initial adjustment period, as recommended by Healthline in their guide on soft foods that are gentle on your teeth during dental treatments.
  • Utilize a Cold Compress: Applying a cold compress can significantly reduce pain and swelling, with guidelines available from the Mayo Clinic. Drinking cold water, as suggested by the American Dental Association, can also offer relief.
  • Adhere Strictly to the Schedule: Follow your Invisalign schedule closely, as outlined on the Invisalign official website, to ensure treatment progresses effectively with minimal discomfort.
  • Apply Orthodontic Wax: If you experience irritation from your aligners, orthodontic wax can provide relief. The Cleveland Clinic offers tips for using orthodontic wax to improve comfort.
  • Consult with Your Orthodontist Regularly: Keep up with regular appointments with your orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists stresses the importance of these consultations for adjusting treatment plans and addressing discomfort.
  • Changing aligners before bed time: We usually recommend changing aligners at night before bed time. That way any preliminary tightness takes place while sleeping so it is much simpler to tolerate. More tips and tricks for Invisalign can be found here.

The Overall Experience

It’s essential to remember that any discomfort with Invisalign is typically mild and temporary. Most patients find the treatment to be more comfortable than they anticipated, quickly adapting to the feeling of the aligners. Moreover, the convenience of being able to remove the aligners for eating, drinking, and oral hygiene is a significant advantage that contributes to a positive treatment experience.

Consultation and Personalized Care

At Walt Orthodontics, we understand that each patient’s experience and pain threshold are unique. Dr. Walt and our team are committed to providing personalized care, ensuring that your treatment plan is tailored to meet your specific needs and comfort level. We encourage you to schedule a consultation with us, where we can address any concerns and outline what you can expect during your Invisalign journey. Visit our Contact Us page to book an appointment.


While the thought of orthodontic treatment may bring concerns about pain, Invisalign offers a less painful alternative to traditional braces, making it a preferred choice for many seeking a straighter smile. At Walt Orthodontics, we are dedicated to ensuring your path to a perfect smile is as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Embrace the journey to a better smile with confidence, knowing that discomfort is minimal and temporary with Invisalign.

In-Person Consultation

Use our handy online scheduler below to choose the date and time that works best for your initial complimentary consultation appointment!

Please note that while initial orthodontic consultations are complimentary, if you recently completed orthodontic treatment or currently are in active appliances with another provider, seeking a replacement/repair for a retainer, or looking to schedule a second consult after your initial one there is a fee for the consultation. Please contact us for more information.

Alternatively, please contact our office directly by phone/text if you are trying to book multiple consultations at the same time or are seeking consultation further out than 12 weeks.

Please note – If none of the available times on our online scheduler work for you we do have other consultation times available. Please contact us directly for more information.

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Walt Orthodontics is pleased to offer interest-free payments up to 30 months. If you require payments over 30 months we are happy to offer the LendCare solution.


Dr. Walt received his dental (DDS) degree from the University of Western Ontario, graduating first in his class and receiving the Gold Medal as well as numerous awards recognizing his scholastic and clinical achievements, leadership and character. He then completed his orthodontic training at the University of Colorado, where he received both his Specialty Certificate and Master of Science Degree. During his residency, he was awarded the Rocky Mountain Orthodontics Scholarship for overall excellence.

After graduating from residency and opening Walt Orthodontics in 2013, Dr. Walt committed himself to applying his traditional orthodontic education into the digital world to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience. He currently serves as a Faculty Member, Key Opinion Leader, and Advisory Board Member for Align Technology which involves traveling around the world to teach other orthodontists about Invisalign. Being at the forefront of digital orthodontics, Dr. Walt was invited to be the first orthodontist in Canada to use custom LightForce braces. He also serves as an Orthodontic Coach/Mentor for other orthodontists looking to improve their knowledge of digital orthodontics.

In addition to practicing orthodontics, Dr. Walt is a “die-hard” Blue Jays fan and enjoys working out in his spare time.


Dr. Stephanie Grossman pursued her dental degree in sunny South Florida at Nova Southeastern University. She graduated with honours, at the top of her class, and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honour Society. She then completed her orthodontic training at the University of Detroit Mercy, where she received both a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science degree. She is both a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Dr. Grossman strives to provide the highest standard of orthodontic care for her patients. She attends numerous hours of continuing education and utilizes the latest advancements in orthodontics. Dr. Grossman is licensed to practice in both the United States and Canada.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Grossman enjoys spending time with her friends and family and traveling the world. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves trying new restaurants!