Invisalign aligners are one of the most well-known advancements when it comes to straightening teeth. These clear, removable trays have replaced traditional braces for many patients - with great success.
But these trays require cleaning and care just like the traditional braces you may be more familiar with.
In this article, we'll look at how to keep your Invisalign trays clean, clear, and free from bacteria.
Remove Trays Before Eating Or Drinking
This is an important step to take to keep your Invisalign aligners clean and like-new. To prevent any sort of staining or damage, always remove them before eating or drinking.
One exception to this rule is drinking clear water. You can drink water while leaving your Invisalign aligners in without harming them. If you do happen to drink a non-water beverage while wearing your Invisalign trays make sure to rinse them as soon as possible to prevent any staining.
How Often Should I Clean Invisalign Aligners?
Orthodontists recommend cleaning your aligners twice a day, similar to the recommendation of brushing twice a day. By cleaning them at the same time you brush, it helps to create a schedule that is easy to adhere to.
Because of the close proximity between the trays and the surface of the teeth, certain build-ups can linger or become acidic and damage the teeth. So regular cleaning is important not only to maintain the trays, but to keep your teeth healthy as well.
Cleaning Your Invisalign Aligners
After removing your Invisalign aligners, start by rinsing them under warm water. Avoid hot water as the high temperatures can warp the trays and change their precise dimensions.
For quick cleanings, running them under warm water can be sufficient. But for a deeper cleaning, you can brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste.
Make sure to only brush the aligners gently, as harsh brushing or overly stiff bristles can scratch the aligners, affecting their transparency. Focus your attention on the inside of the trays. This is where bacteria can build in the small crevices of the trays.
When done, give the outside of the trays a light brushing, then finish with another rinse under warm water.
Soaking Your Invisalign Trays
If your aligners have become hazy or you notice other signs suggesting a deep cleaning is needed, you can soak your liner in a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.
By mixing one part hydrogen peroxide and equal parts water, you can then soak your aligners in this mixture to help deep clean and disinfect them.
Let them soak for a few minutes, then run them under warm water to remove any excess mixture. Avoid soaking your trays in any mouthwashes that may contain colorings, which can stain the aligners.
Additional Information On Cleaning Your Invisalign Aligners
If you have more questions about your Invisalign trays or want to schedule an appointment to learn more, don’t hesitate to contact us at Signature Smiles MN. Our helpful and professional is always happy to answer your questions when it comes to Invisalign.