What is the best way to clean my Invisalign braces? Do you recommend using an ultrasonic cleaner like you use with dentures?
Ultrasonic Cleaner for Invisalign Trays?
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Keeping invisalign aligners clean
In my practice we instruct our invisalign patients to soak their aligners in a solution of 50% water and 50% hydrogen peroxide (3% H202) for 5-7 minutes and then brush them with a soft toothbrush. We have found that this is very effective and inexpensive. It is very important to keep your aligners free of plaque that will cause cavities and bad breath.
Cleaning Invisalign Trays
I recommend cleaning Invisalign trays with a toothbrush and toothpaste in cool water. An ultrasonic cleaner with the “crystals” that are suggested for use by Invisalign, work very well also.
Cleaning Invisalign trays
an ultrasonic cleaner is excellent. I recently found a new product I am in love with called Dentapod. We sell the for $35 and happy to send you one. Google it for a look or go to Happyorthodontist.com
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Invisalign trays are discarded before they get really stained
While there are many methods to clean the aligners, it may be overkill, as the aligners are only worn for 2 weeks at a time. Long term appliances, like the Vivera retainers, can get discolored and usually are easily cleaned with a toothbrush and water. Some have reported using denture cleaners, but I don't know the "official" line from Invisalign.
An ultrasonic is a great way to keep aligners fresh
Most cleaning protocols with Invisalign involve using a toothbrush with water only. Toothpaste is not recommended due to the abrasives that can create microgrooves in the aligners.
The ultrasonic cleaner, used once or twice a week, will help loosen any hardened material on the aligners. They can then be brushed with water and be kept extremely clean.
This is anectdotal, but I wore my first set of Vivera retainers nightly for about a year. Using the protocol above, they still looked pretty clean when I was done with them... and much better than what we see from some patients after 2 weeks of wear!
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