Neglecting to clean your Invisalign aligners is not something you should do. If not cleaned properly and often, your aligners will begin to develop stains. Stains and discoloration will make your aligners more visible and may even give the impression that you have stained teeth.
Your aligners have been designed to be easy to maintain. Regular cleaning prevents bacterial growth and prevents foul odors from developing. Regularly cleaning your aligners also prolongs the life of the trays. It is strongly recommended that cleaning your aligners should take place two times each day.
Follow These Steps When Cleaning Your Aligners
Step One: Remove the aligner from your teeth. Removing the aligners prior to cleaning allows for a proper clean without missing any problem areas. When removing your trays, follow the specific instructions you received from your dentist.
Step Two: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your aligners. Some patients find that a baby toothbrush with a smaller brush head allows for easier cleaning; however, brushing can be done with any toothbrush. Gently brush both the inside and outside of the aligner, ensuring you do not miss any areas that food may be trapped.
Step Three: After brushing, thoroughly rinse your trays with water to remove any left-behind residue. Hot water could cause aligners to lose their shape, so only use warm or cold water for cleaning.
Step Four: Place your aligners on a towel and let them air dry. Wet aligners should not be put back into your mouth.
Step Five: Brush and floss your own teeth, so you are not putting clean aligners over the top of dirty teeth. It is also suggested to utilize an antimicrobial mouthwash to eliminate any potential bacteria growth in your mouth as a result of wearing the aligners.
Step Six: Following the placement instructions from your dentist, put the aligners back into your mouth once they are completely dry and your teeth have been thoroughly cleaned.
Invisalign Cleaning Tips
The best way to clean Invisalign aligners is to follow a thorough cleaning regiment that tackles plaque and bacteria on multiple levels.Our top Invisalign cleaning tips include:
Removing Plaque Buildup
To remove any plaque buildup, make a solution that consists of half lukewarm water and half distilled white vinegar. This will help to remove any tartar or plaque buildup on your aligners. Soak your Invisalign aligners in this solution for another 30 minutes, and then rinse them off in cold water, brushing them gently with a soft toothbrush.
Preventative Tips To Keep Your Aligners Clean
Use these preventative tips to keep your Invisalign aligners clean at all times:
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Invisalign is an excellent alternative to wearing traditional metal braces for many teens and adults. To learn more about how Invisalign can transform your smile, schedule a consultation appointment with Kim Okamura DDS today!