How To Clean & Care For Invisalign
Opting for Invisalign aligners for your orthodontic treatment comes with a multitude of benefits for your smile, confidence and long-term dental health! However, failing to maintain them properly can lead to discoloration of the aligners, bacterial buildup and other problems. To avoid this, here are some guidelines on what to do and what not to do when cleaning your Invisalign trays.
How To Clean Invisalign Aligners
What to Use to Brush Invisalign
To keep your aligners clean and clear, use a soft-bristled toothbrush when brushing them. Avoid using abrasive materials such as soap, denture cleaner or mouthwash, as they can scratch the aligners and make them appear dull. This defeats the purpose of them being “invisible” and can make them more noticeable when you wear them.
The Best Invisalign Cleaners to Use
Invisalign cleaning crystals are dissolved in water and used to soak your aligners. These crystals contain cleansing agents like sodium sulfate, similar to the products used to clean retainers. This is a cost-effective and readily available solution to sterilize your aligners.
Invisalign Cleaning System Products
To prevent bacteria from building up on your aligners, you can use a non-abrasive antibacterial soap. After creating suds, brush your aligners with a spare toothbrush and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Cleaning tablets can be used to clean any dental appliance, including retainers and aligners. These tablets are formulated to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria and fungi, as well as target stains. They are straightforward to use: Dissolve a tablet in warm water, soak your aligner for five minutes, rinse it off and dry it.
Toothpaste (That’s Not Whitening)
You can clean your aligners with toothpaste and a soft toothbrush. Carefully brush your aligners using warm water and mild toothpaste, such as one made for young children. It’s important to choose a non-whitening toothpaste that is gentle and mild. Avoid using whitening toothpaste as it may contain abrasive ingredients that can damage your aligners and make them more susceptible to bacterial buildup.
Soak Your Aligners Once A Day
To maintain the appearance and freshness of your aligners, it’s recommended to soak them in a denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals at least once a day. After soaking, use a separate toothbrush (not the one you use for brushing your teeth) to gently remove any stuck-on food or plaque. Rinse your aligners thoroughly before wearing them again.
Caring For Invisalign
Proper cleaning isn’t the only thing you need to do to keep your aligners in tip-top shape. Here are some other tips to care for your aligners.
How Often to Rinse Invisalign
Although you will need to wear your aligners for the majority of the day and night, it’s essential to rinse your aligners every time you take them out. This will remove any saliva, food particles or other substances that may have accumulated on them.
Do Not Eat Or Drink With Aligners In
It’s important to remove your aligners before eating to prevent food particles from accumulating in them and damage that could affect tooth movement. While wearing your aligners, it’s best to only drink water and avoid any other liquids, which could potentially stain or damage them.
Always Store Aligners In Their Case
Make it a habit to store your Invisalign aligners in their designated case at all times. Even if you’re only taking them out for a meal or to brush your teeth, be sure to place them back in their case. Failing to do so could result in damaging or accidentally discarding your aligners. To ensure their safety, carry your case with you wherever you go!
Learn How to Care for Invisalign with Dhingra Orthodontics
Invisalign has become a preferred option for many for straightening your teeth but to ensure their effectiveness, regular cleaning and care are crucial. Proper maintenance of the aligners can also help maintain their transparency, discreteness and improve your final smile.
Getting the best Invisalign treatment starts with a consultation at Dhingra Orthodontics. Schedule a complimentary consultation today!