Invisalign braces or aligners are one of the most preferred options for teeth straightening as they are almost invisible, virtually painless and easy to wear and take off. So if you too have chosen them recently and have questions about cleaning them, this guide is all you need. Listed here are important do’s and don’ts about how to clean Invisalign.
What to Do
- Every time you remove your aligners, rinse them. This helps prevent the buildup of dry saliva and plaque. If the trays are removed and kept in open and aren’t rinsed before use, the risk of bacteria growing on them increases.
- During your morning oral hygiene routine, clean Invisalign and your mouth thoroughly. Keep an extra brush with soft bristles to clean the aligners so that their surface is not scratched. Brush and floss your teeth properly so that no food debris is trapped between the trays and teeth when you wear the aligners. Be sure to do this during your night time oral hygiene routine also.
- Make sure that you soak your Invisalign braces every day in either a solution with Invisalign cleaning crystals or a denture cleaner. After some time, use the extra toothbrush to brush away any remaining food or plaque particles. Next, rinse the trays properly before placing them back in the mouth. If you have questions such as for what duration of time should I soak the trays or how often should I repeat this process in a day, get in touch with us. Our dental experts will help you understand the process of cleaning Invisalign better.
- Choose professional retainer cleaning products to clean Invisalign. These are available in various forms such as tablet, powder or wipes. You can also try safe DIY methods such as a cleaning solution made from mixing baking soda, peroxide or vinegar with water. Make sure to rinse them thoroughly so that no residue of the solution remains on the trays.
What Not to Do
- Don’t eat while you are wearing the aligners. Invisalign aligners are not meant for chewing and can get damaged if you eat regularly while wearing them. Also, eating with these trays on increases the possibility of food particles getting stuck between them and your teeth. Besides some kinds of foods and drinks can stain the trays.
- Don’t leave the Invisalign trays in the open when not in use. Doing so might lead to bacterial buildup which is responsible for causing bad odor and tooth decay. Instead of exposing them to open air, keep them in their case when not in use. Always rinse them before putting them back in your mouth.
- Don’t soak or clean the aligners in hot water as this can severely damage the trays. Cold water is a much better choice to ensure that the special plastic material of these aligners is not damaged in any way.
- Don’t use toothpaste, mouthwash or scented soaps to clean the aligners. Toothpaste can cause damage and discoloration in the trays. Mouthwashes often contain alcohol and dyes which can be harmful for the material of the aligners. Scented or colored soaps can not only stain the trays but also leave an unpleasant odor or taste in them.
These do’s and don’ts are sure to help you maintain clean Invisalign aligners. If you still have any queries regarding these aligners, feel free to schedule an appointment with us today.
Dr. Anu Isaac, DMD, runs a successful dental practice in Salem, MA. Dr. Isaac strives for quality on a daily basis and this commitment to quality is reflected in her constant pursuit of advanced training. Her firm belief that even experts need to stay updated about what’s new in the dental field, enables her to provide every patient with optimal oral care. As the founder of Coral Dental Care, she is dedicated to creating healthy, beautiful smiles for her patients and also to educating dental and non-dental community with her engaging articles on all things related to oral health, recent dental innovations, and latest treatment modalities.