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

  • 2 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 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.
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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.
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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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I had a terrible taste in my mouth after eight weeks of cleaning my trays with toothpaste and brush. I've switched to using liquid soap (foaming soup makes it easy!) and a toothbrush and not only is the bad taste gone, but the trays are cleaner.
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Vinegar is all you need
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Many dentists gave their opinion on how to clean trays in a Q&A. Click here to see their answers.

Looking forward to hearing other solutions people have come up with!

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I use an equal mixture of hydrogen peroxide & alcohol. Keeps my aligners clear & clean & not expensive.
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Just got started a week ago .... So far vinegar , rinse and then dry inside removing any remaining slime with cotton swab .... Works for me
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