When patients opt for Invisalign treatment, they are making a commitment to themselves. Part of that process is learning how to clean their Invisalign clear aligners. It isn’t as difficult as you might think and can be accomplished in a number of ways using either pre-made products or items you already have in your home.
The Importance of Cleaning Your Invisalign Clear Aligners
Keeping your tray aligners clean has many benefits. This will help you keep a healthier mouth as you work to transform your smile. You are brushing your teeth regularly, and perhaps rinsing with a mouthwash every morning. However, if you neglect to take proper care of your clear aligners, your teeth and breath may suffer.
Rinse your tray aligners every time you remove them for eating or drinking. This important step removes saliva build-up. Brush your aligners whenever you brush your teeth if possible. We understand that this isn’t always something you can do. Using a soft bristle brush on your tray aligners will loosen any lingering residue.
In addition to maintaining your aligners throughout the day, it is recommended that you soak them for 10 to 30 minutes at least every other day.
How to Clean Your Invisalign Clear Aligners
Many people add daily soaking of their Invisalign tray aligners to their daily routine. For example, you can soak your trays during your morning or evening shower. Once you develop the habit, it will be a normal part of your routine.
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It is important not to use hot water, as your trays may be damaged by the heat.
Regardless of which method you select, always be sure to thoroughly rinse and brush your trays after soaking.
Invisalign Cleaning Crystals: This product is available online and in some retail stores where dental products are sold. It comes in single-use packets and is added to lukewarm water. As it dissolves, it cleans your tray aligners. This product recommends soaking for 10 to 20 minutes.
Denture Tablets: Denture and retainer tablets are available online or in retail stores that sell dental products. They work in a similar manner as cleaning crystals. Dissolve one tablet in warm water and soak your trays for 10 to 20 minutes. Caution: Some denture tablets having coloring that will stain your tray aligners. Select tablets with no coloring or ask the staff at Clearsmile NC for a recommendation.
Baking soda and water: This mixture should be approximately 1 teaspoon of baking soda to about one-half to three-quarters cup of warm water. Soak your aligners in this solution for 20 to 30 minutes.
Vinegar and water: This mixture is equal parts white vinegar and warm water. Soak trays for 20 to 30 minutes in this solution.
Your Journey to a Brighter, Healthier Smile
Discovering your perfect, healthy smile is underway and Clearsmile NC is here to help. Taking care of your teeth and your tray aligners during this phase is an important step with great rewards. If you still have questions about how to clean your Invisalign tray aligners, please contact one of our offices. You may use the online Contact Form or call the location where you see your doctor: