How Does One Clean Invisalign?

What is involved in cleaning Invisalign aligners?  How long does the invisalign cleaning process take?

Doctor Answers 28

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.

One of the advantages of Invisalign over braces is better hygiene. Without caring for the teeth before placing the aligners, it becomes a moot point.

Seattle Dentist
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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.

Jason K. Tam, DDS
Toronto Orthodontist

How to clean your Clear Aligner...

Hello there,
The easiest and best way to clean your clear aligner is to take them off and brush them (on the inside and the outside) each time you brush your teeth.  When finished, rinse them with water and place back into your mouth.  Yes, it is really this simple.
Good luck with everything.

Sarah Thompson, DMD
Saint Louis Dentist
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Keeping Invisalign Trays Clean and Bright

Use a soft toothbrush with your regular toothpaste - brush gently cleaning out the center of the trays.  We suggest following this with a little diluted bleach rinse.  The small bit of bleach keeps the trays clear and clean looking.  This system has worked very well for our patients, allowing for clean trays and bright teeth.  Other products sometimes discolor the trays which could translate into yellower looking teeth when wearing the aligners.

N. Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD
New Haven Dentist
4.7 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

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.

Cate Vieregger, DDS
Denver Dentist
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

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...

Ryan Sellinger, DMD
Manhattan Dentist

How to Keep Your Invisalign Trays Clean

I recommend patients clean their Invisalign trays as soon as they are removed from their mouth with a toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste just as they would if they were brushing their teeth. The cleaning process should not take very long. Make sure that the trays are thoroughly rinsed before you reinsert them

Christopher Wolken, DDS
Saint Louis Dentist

Cleaning Invisalign Aligners

Since you are wearing the aligners for about 2 weeks at a time, brushing with toothbrush and tooth gel (not paste, it is grainier) day and night will usually do the trick. If it gets really dingy then you can use one part water and one part distilled white vinegar and soak the aligners for 30 minutes and then brush it with toothbrush and tooth gel. 

Glen Young, DDS
San Francisco Orthodontist

Invisalign Cleaning Tips and Maintenance

As you've been reading through this Forum, you will see there are a lot of great answers here.  If you are more of a visual type of person, this YouTube video put out by Invisalign is really helpful. 

Just like you would brush your teeth...

Its best to run them under water when they come out of your mouth. This will keep the spit from calcifying on them and making them look yucky! Once a day we recommened brushing them with a regular tooth brush (designated just for your aligners). You can use regular toothpaste or soak them in the special rinse that can be purchased from Invisalign Clear Correct directly.

Hisham Kaloti, DDS
Mississauga Dentist
4.9 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

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