Can Tight Invisalign Aligners Cause Blurred Vision?

Since 1997, Invisalign has become the preferred way to straighten teeth. They’re a great alternative to traditional metal braces and involve a series of transparent, removable aligners that fit over your teeth. Since the trays are made out of a translucent BPA-free plastic, they’re virtually invisible to the naked eye. This means that you can achieve a healthy, beautiful smile in the most discreet, comfortable way possible.

How Invisalign Works

Just like metal braces, Invisalign uses gentle pressure to push your teeth to their optimal position. While you may feel a bit of discomfort at first, your teeth will get used to the aligners and feel comfortable at no time.

In order for Invisalign to work its magic, you need to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day. Fortunately, you can take out the aligners every time you eat, drink, brush, or floss your teeth. You’ll receive a new set of aligners every two weeks or so and visit Dr. Gladwell for routine checkups.

How Does Invisalign Straighten Teeth?

Invisalign pushes the teeth steadily using gentle pressure, much like metal braces. Your personalized aligners help to move your teeth to a more optimal position. It’s not painful, but a little bit of discomfort is felt. But don’t worry. It’s totally natural and is a sign that your aligners are working.

Compared to traditional metal braces, Invisalign treatment is usually shorter. While the average time is typically between six and 12 months, it may take longer if you have a more complex case. Dr. Gladwell will inform you of how long your custom treatment will take.

Side Effects of Invisalign

While there are countless benefits of Invisalign, it’s not perfect. There are several side effects that may occur if you undergo treatment including:

An Allergic Reaction: While allergic reactions are rare, they do arise. The good news is allergic reactions that stem from Invisalign are typically mild. You might notice a bit of minor gum irritation, which will fade away quickly on its own.
Discomfort and Soreness: When you begin your Invisalign treatment or switch aligners, you may face some soreness and discomfort in your mouth. If this occurs, you can use an over-the-counter pain medication. This discomfort is short lived and will resolve once your mouth gets used to the aligners.
Weight Loss: Some patients report that they’ve lost weight after they began Invisalign. This is because they tend to eat less so they can avoid having to brush their teeth and clean their aligners more than they need to.

Blurred vision is not a typical side effect of Invisalign. If you experience blurred vision after your aligners get tightened, let Dr. Gladwell know right away. Chances are the vision issue is a result of another underlying condition, such as TMJ disorder.

Contact Gladwell Orthodontics Today

If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign treatment and how it can improve your smile and confidence, don’t hesitate to contact our office today! We can be reached at 919-453-6325.