How Do I Clean my Invisalign?
- Asked 5 years ago
What is involved in cleaning Invisalign aligners? What do I need to do? How long does the invisalign cleaning process take?
Cleaning Invisalign Trays
This is one of those KISS principles: Keep It Simple.
Regular toothpaste with your toothbrush is fine, and recomended. Other products can discolor the aligners, making the teeth look somewhat yellow. They are replaced every two weeks, so it is a minor issue, but if it becomes too complicated it won't be followed through.
But most importantly is to brush and floss after each meal. The aligners start to act in the way a bleaching tray does, so if food and low pH saliva are trapped, the teeth will "soak" in it.
Cleaning your Invisalign aligners!
This is one of the most frequently asked questions by my patients who I have treated with Invisalign!
The aligners are best cleaned with a dab of toothpaste using a toothbrush. I recommend using regular toothpaste and not whitening toothpaste... some whitening toothpastes are abrasive and may dull the aligner... Additionally it is not recommended to use denture cleaners or soak them in mouthwash; again this may dull he aligners and can make the aligners more visible.
Please Please Please!!! Brush and floss your teeth before replacing the aligner in the mouth... I have seen patients present with tooth decay from not taking the time to do this...
Invisalign has cleaning crystals that the aligners can be soaked in if you do prefer to soak them.
Hope this helps... any other questions please do not hesitate to ask...
Tooth brush and water, retainer cleaner or Invisalign crystals, or ultrasonic
We recommend our patients clean their aligners with water and a clean toothbrush without toothpaste. Toothpastes have abrasives in them and will scratch the surfaces of the aligners. This will make the aligner look less clear and also creates small traps for bacteria.
Invisalign does not recommend this, but retainer tablets work well once or twice a week. Our patients have not had any problems with cleaning in this manner. The Invisalign crystals can be used, but are quite costly and not available outside the United States.
Finally, there are personal-sized ultrasonic cleaner available. These devices cause very fine vibrations and waves to loosen and material stuck to your aligners.
Cleaning Invisalign aligners
Invisalign aligners can easily be cleaned with a mild denture cleaner with a normal tooth brush. After brushing and flossing your teeth you can pour a little mouthwash over the aligners and this will help in keeping your mouth feeling fresh.
EverSmileWhite will do the trick
We use a product called EverSmileWhite which is an aligner and retainer cleaner that disinfects and also whitens the teeth while you are in treatment.
Invisalign recommends their cleaning crystals that you can purchase from their website. I tell patients to use water and a toothbrush. If you are close to switching to the next aligner then it is okay to use mouthwash or other denture cleaners. You might get the aligner to become a little cloudy, but you will only have to wear this aligner for a few more days. If the aligners start to really smell then you can soak them in some water mixed with a teaspoon of bleach. The bleach will kill all the bacteria that are causing the smell, just be sure to THOROUGHLY RINSE THE ALIGNERS before putting them back in your mouth.
Care Instructions for Invisalign Product
The Invisalign trays should be cleaned with a toothbrush and toothpaste prior to placing them back into the mouth after every meal. Always use cold water as hot water could distort the trays.
How do I clean invisalign aligners?
To clean your aligners, use a separate brush, liquid soap and clean as if you are cleaning a baby bottle. It works and results are great.
Before I answered this question, I brushed two sample aligners for two weeks but I used liquid soap for one and rinsed it nicely and used tooth-paste for the other. This was to prove the one with tooth-paste gradually looked worse due to abrasives in the tooth-paste so the liquid soap was cheap and won the award here!
Of course you can go fancy and use invisalign cleaning tablets too.
The easiest way to clean your aligners is to simply use your regular toothpaste and brush the aligners when you brush your teeth. Fortunately you will be getting a new set of trays every two weeks so the aligners should never get extremely dirty.
All toothpastes have abrasives in them so you run the risk of "fogging" them. I usually recomment to my patients to brush them with a toothpaste and water and soak the in a denture cleanser like "Kleen Brite." If you soak them in mouth wash, they will stain the color of the mouthwash. The nice thing is that you put new aligners in every two weeks!
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.