Will Invisalign Cause Tension Headaches?

The beauty of Invisalign begins with a metal-free smile and ends with a beautiful smile!

Unlike metal-braces, which require frequent adjustments or tightening of the wires, you can expect a different experience with Invisalign. Often times, many patients with traditional, metal braces may experience headaches or migraines following an adjustment appointment, which involves tightening the wire that connects the brackets on the teeth. From this, the wire exerts a certain amount of pressure on the teeth, which is what can cause headaches, migraines, or discomfort for some patients. However, because Invisalign doesn’t have wires like this it’s different.

The Invisalign Process:

One set of Invisalign aligners aren’t meant to be worn forever. In fact, it is quite the opposite.

Instead of adjusting wires for metal braces, new sets of aligners are supposed to be worn for a certain amount of time dependent on the orthodontist’s instructions. Typically, a patient can expect to wear one set of aligners for 1-2 weeks before transitionally into an entirely new set. Depending on the transition and what tooth movements are intended to occur, there could be some minor discomfort or “tightness” of the teeth, but nothing should feel extremely uncomfortable. However, every patient is different. It could be possible that you may feel a slight tension headache. If this is the case, we recommend taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, if needed. If the headache doesn’t seem to subside, we request that you please contact us immediately.

Gladwell Orthodontics:

At Gladwell Orthodontics, Dr. Gladwell is recognized as a distinguished Invisalign Diamond Plus Provider, making him among the top 1% of Invisalign providers in the country. He is dedicated to working with his patients to improve their smiles and make their Invisalign experience an excellent one.

If you think that Invisalign might be something you are interested in, please contact our office today for an initial consultation! We invite you to bring any questions or concerns with you to your consultation appointment. For your convenience we have offices located in different locations of North Carolina (Wake Forest, North Raleigh and Downtown Raleigh).