How To Clean Invisalign
How Do I Clean My Invisalign Aligners
Making Sure Your Aligners Stay Clean & Sanitized
Properly maintaining your Invisalign aligners is an essential part of making sure your Invisalign treatment is successful. While with traditional braces brushing and flossing can be tricky, you won’t have the problem with Invisalign. Even though you won’t be wearing your Invisalign aligners as you eat, you will still need to properly clean them thoroughly. Here are some things our orthodontist recommend you do to keep your Invisalign aligners properly maintained.
1. Rinse Your Aligners After Your Remove Them
After you remove your aligners to eat or drink something other than water, it is best practice to rinse your aligners with cool water. Don’t use hot water. Why shouldn’t you use hot water? The hot water can warp the plastic and change the fit of your Invisalign. Now, why should you rinse? Saliva and plaque can cause discoloration and bacteria to build up!
2. Soak Your Invisalign Regularly
Be sure to keep track of where you leave your aligners after you take them off. Not doing so can cause you to lose them or have them build bacteria if left in the open. One sure way to not lose your retainers is to soak them right when you remove them. To soak them properly, place your aligners in a tray and place them unto your preferred cleaning solution. You can choose between the Invisalign cleaning crystals, Retainer Brite, or a mixture of lukewarm water and vinegar. Once your aligners are soaked thoroughly, be sure to rinse them with cool water.
3. Wash Your Mouth After Eating
Make the effort to not put your aligners back on after eating without first washing your mouth. After you eat, we highly recommend for you to brush, floss, and rinse before placing your Invisalign back on. Doing so ensures no food particles stay on your aligners.
4. Gently Brush Your Invisalign Aligners With Antibacterial Soap
Our Plano orthodontist recommends you clean your Invisalign at least once a day with antibacterial soap. Hand soap or dish soap that is both clear and unscented will work perfectly. Gently brush your aligners in a circular motion with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Why can’t you use toothpaste? Well, many toothpastes are at times too abrasive and can cause small tears or scratches in your aligners that can harbor an environment for bacteria to grow.