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What do you think is the best way to clean Invisalign trays?

  • 3 years ago

It seems there are many ways to clean Invisalign trays. The Invisalign company even sells a cleaning kit, but at $75 for 50 cleanings that seems crazy expensive to me.

What have you found to be the best way to clean your trays?

Also, if you tried anything you would suggest others avoid (ie, did you boil them?!) feel free to list that too. Sometimes knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do!

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I brush my aligners with water and liquid soap. Sometimes I soak them in denture cleaner. I know the Invisalign company says not to do that (the denture cleaner) but I feel that they are just trying to cover their own butts and sell their own cleaning product.
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Has anyone tried that new FreshGuard by Efferdent? I've seen the commerical and they say for removable braces. I read only one review from an invisalign wearer saying it yellowed the trays.
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I just started treatment on 8/6/14. I purchased the fresh guard by Efferdent to soak my trays in. I've been using since day one to soak my aligners. The directions says soak for 5 minutes and but no longer than 10 so I only soak them for 5 minutes. After soaking I use a soft toothbrush brush and clean them with dawn dish detergent then rinse thoroughly. My ortho recommends brushing with dawn. He said something about the ingredients in it breaking down the build up from the mouth, saliva, etc. It has only been a few days but so far they are still clear and haven't smelled. Btw my ortho did not suggest the fresh guard I saw it in the store and thought it would help keep my trays fresh. If I have problems with this I will likely try the peroxide and water mixture along with the dawn dish detergent.
Just wanted to give an update to my post about the Fresh guard. I did notice that my aligners became slightly yellow and cloudy. I have not used the Fresh guard since starting my 2nd set I am now soaking in peroxide prior to brushing with the dawn dish detergent. I guess it is very likely that the Fresh guard may cause yellowing.
I use it. They are clean & fresh when I put them back on but it doesn't remove stains on them.
Eversmilewhite foam works to clean and also whiten the teeth throughout Invisalign treatment. They sell a 60 day supply for $50.
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I use peroxide every time I take them out, mixed with water, and scrub with a toothbrush before I replace them, works great.
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Hi, I'm new to Invisalign and new to this forum... My orthodontist advised a soft bristle brush with non-abrasive toothpaste and soaking in a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar. I've been following that but am starting to notice a buildup I'm having a hard time addressing. My upper trays have ridges molded on the back of the front teeth - it's basically a ledge my bottom front teeth hit when I close my jaw, preventing my bite from fully closing. These ridges are hollow pockets however, and are starting to develop a buildup inside. I can't get the tooth brush to fully reach into these pockets, and soaking and rinsing doesn't resolve the issue. These ridges will be present throughout most of my treatment so I have to figure out a way to fix this. Has anyone else experienced this - any suggestions?
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I use a soft bristled toothbrush with water only to remove most of the buildup, then I clean the rest of the way using a denture tablet in a sonic cleaner. The cleaner only cost $45 through amazon. My trays are consistently as clean as new throughout the two weeks I wear them. It also helps that I follow a low carb diet, so there is less plaque in my mouth.
I used about 75% water and 25% peroxide and have not had a problem-I scrub them with a soft toothbrush after soaking them. I soaked them in that each time I had them out. Now I'm on retainers and I soak them for about 6 hours. They still look brand new and it's been over a year (I'm using one of the trays as my retainer, they just made me a new one, but I used the last tray for about a year).
Thanks for the responses. I will try the peroxide and denture tablet ideas to see if either works better for me... they told me I can keep my first two sets of trays (whereas I will return subsequent sets?), and that I can experiment with cleaning solutions on them. I finish this first set in two days so that should work. I may have figured out a solution to my ridge problem though - I shopped the dental isle at my pharmacy today and found a dental tool - one of those hooks they use to scrape your teeth - only this was rubber instead of metal. I can curve around and into these hollow pockets and reach the areas I can't get to with a tooth brush. Hopefully this and the right cleaning agent will do the trick. Thanks!
I use a soft toothbrush and either soap or toothpaste. I brush the aligners carefully inside/outside and it's just fine.
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Hi,Here is my two cents about cleaning your aligners. Though it is mentioned above, don't soak in Listerine. It is tempting, but will only end up giving them a green-like tint in the end. My recommendation is to use sensitive toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush. There are no abrasives in sensitive toothpaste and this makes the aligners not become scratched. I just brush them in the morning, midday and at night. I rarely have issues with them becoming gross unless I am on the go and must put them onto after eating.
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I use peroxide every day when I eat a meal and it is perfect
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Someone on this blog mentioned using mouth wash to clean invisalign trays. Recently I tried this, grabbing what we had on hand, Crest non-alcohol mouthwash, and it seems to be working quite well. I soak the trays in this mouthwash while eating. Any gunk on the trays is visible when backlit, then I brush them with a toothbrush or one of those very small brushes for cleaning in between teeth. I never use toothpaste because the abrasion produces microscopic scratches, which encourage bacterial growth and settling of plaque.
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I use denture cleaner once a day and brush with toothpaste the other 3/4 times a day :)
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My dentist told me 50/50 water and vinegar- just put them in a cup while eating. works perfectly - clean and fresh every time... Obviously can only be done when ur at home tho really...
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The instruction book that came from Invisalign says to clean the trays using a toothbrush, water, and toothpaste. It tells you not to use denture cleaners or mouthwash.
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That's what I thought. But, I just had an appt with my ortho on Tues and he suggested denture tables (said they were the same as the retainer brite tablets) and also to soak it for no more than 1 minute in listerine if I have a cold or sore throat to help kill any bacteria. Haven't tried it yet, since the peroxide/water mixture seem to work fine for me right now. My ortho is a preferred Invisalign provider also.
My orthodontist told me NOT to use toothpaste. He advised toothpaste has abrasive materials in it that can scratch the aligners and make them become cloudy. He advised to use denture cleaning tablets, let them soak, then dip the toothbrush in the cleaning solution and use that to brush clean the aligners.
I was advised against using toothpaste or mouth wash, and many Orthodontists will nay-say the use of denture cleaning tablets. My Orthodontist's assistant has them and she suggested just using a toothbrush and scrubbing them with liquid hand soap. It keeps them nice and clean, without scratching them up or warping them.
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I tried the peroxide but mixed it with water. Works great. I also brush a bit of clear listerine to freshen them once a day. I wear each tray for 3 weeks and no problems with them looking or smelling fresh.
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I use the tablets that is used for Dentures. I buy the CVS brand. It works great!

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I use a product called, Kleenite. It is a multipurpose dental cleanser. It can be used for orthodontic retainers, mouth guards, etc. The cost is about $5.00 for a bottle that is good for 90 uses. It can be found at Rite-Aid drug stores.
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You are not supposed to use toothpaste to clean your trays. I just use listerine and a toothbrush to clean mine, never had a problem.
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