Invisalign is the best alternative to wearing braces. Most people prefer them for various reasons, such as being removable. They help straighten misaligned teeth and fix overbites, underbites, and other kinds of malocclusion.

After an Invisalign® consultation, you will need to see your dentists next to receive the first set of the trays. If you wonder what your first week with Invisalign will be like, read on to find out.

Adjusting to How They Feel

You will be very aware of the presence of Invisalign in your mouth in the first week of wearing them. However, you will get used to the feeling. Experiencing some discomfort should not be abnormal during this first week.

You will not experience severe pain in your first week of wearing Invisalign or as you continue with the treatment. However, you can expect mild soreness or tenderness when wearing the first set of aligners. It happens due to the gentle and continuous pressure they exert to shift your teeth. You know they are working if you have slight soreness.

Eating and Drinking

The best thing about wearing Invisalign is that they are removable. You need to wear them for at least 22 hours every day. But there are exceptions, like when you are eating or drinking. You can take them off as you enjoy your meals. Every time you eat, ensure you remove your aligners.

Ideally, remember to rinse them under running water before wearing them. Avoid removing your aligners randomly for effective results. The only thing you can consume without removing them is water. 


You are likely to experience subtle speech problems as you adjust to wearing Invisalign during the first week. You can even develop a lisp where you find it difficult to pronounce certain words. However, the lisp disappears after some days for most people.

Your mouth will first perceive the Invisalign trays as foreign. The speech problem may be less obvious to your friends and family. So if you get self-conscious about how you talk, know that most people may not be able to notice the difference. The good news is that it will go away as soon as your mouth adjusts to the Invisalign.

Inserting and Removing Invisalign

You must wear your Invisalign for 22 hours daily to get your desired results. You can remove them only when brushing, flossing, eating, or drinking. You will feel awkward removing and wearing them during the first week. But with time, it will start to feel like second nature. Your dentist will give instructions on the best way to remove and insert them. 

Cleaning Your Invisalign

The first week is the best time to start your Invisalign cleaning routine. You will get detailed instructions from your dentist on the best way to effectively clean the trays. Ideally, brush them gently every time you do your oral hygiene routine, like brushing and flossing your teeth.

Keeping them fresh all day is essential as they are often in contact with your teeth. Doing so helps your oral hygiene and plays a significant role in maintaining healthy teeth.

For more about Invisalign or to schedule an appointment, call Robert A. Rees, DDS, at (858) 295-8082 to reach our office in La Jolla, California.

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