Clear Braces and Invisalign: Dealing With Problems

Clear braces and Invisalign might be irritating especially a few days or weeks after you first wear them. Here's how to deal with problems that may occur when wearing clear braces and Invisalign.

Clear Braces

Loosening of your teeth is normal and expected when you are wearing clear braces. Therefore, you don't need to do anything about it. However, loosening of the braces' wire or band needs to be addressed at once. If not, then the goal of correcting the position of the teeth would not be achieved. Here's what you should do when the wire loosens: First, get a pencil or a spoon or any blunt instrument. Use the eraser end of the pencil or the back of the spoon to gently and carefully push the wire towards the underside of the arch wire. Continue until the wire isn't irritating anymore. If the wire irritates your mouth or lips, place wet cotton or wax on the wire.

If wearing your clear braces results to general soreness in your gums or mouth, rinse your mouth using a saline mouthwash. To make your own saline mouthwash, put 1 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water. For cheeks, tongue or lips irritation, carefully put some dentist-recommended wax on your braces.


Discoloration is a common problem of Invisalign wearers. To prevent discoloration, soak your aligners in a container filled with warm water. Before you use your Invisalign braces, put them under running water and rinse thoroughly. Brush both the inside and outside of the aligners, then rinse again. Brush your teeth, too. Also, don't forget to change your container's water. You may ask your dentist about his or her recommended denture cleaner if you don't want to use toothpaste. Or, you may use 2 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in a cup of water as your denture cleaner.