How to Clean Invisalign (From an Orthodontist)

an orthodontist instructs on how to clean invisalign

Invisalign has revolutionized teeth straightening. But what good is this if it isn’t perfectly clean, hygienic, and ready to transform your smile? Wearing Invisalign involves regular maintenance to ensure the best results. These tips from an orthodontist will help you keep your Invisalign aligners clean and hygienic.

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What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a modern alternative to traditional metal braces, using clear plastic aligners to adjust teeth. What sets it apart is its near-invisibility and removability. You can enjoy your meals without constraints and maintain oral hygiene relatively easily. While seemingly simple, every aspect of Invisalign care requires attention to detail, much like any successful endeavor.

How to Clean Invisalign

Use these tips from an orthodontist to keep your Invisalign aligners clean:

Step 1: Prepare Your Environment

Before touching your Invisalign aligners, ensure cleanliness. Wash your hands with mild soap and water. Creating a clean environment will prevent dirt and bacteria from transferring to your aligners during the cleaning process.

Step 2: Rinse Your Aligners After Removal

Each time you take out your Invisalign aligners, give them a quick rinse with lukewarm water. This will help remove saliva and prevent the formation of plaque.

Step 3: Clean With a Clear, Unpasteurized Soap

Avoid tinted or scented soaps, as these can leave residue on your aligners. Gently brush the aligners with clear, unscented, and unpasteurized soap to keep them clear and clean. Ultrafine microfiber cloths applied to the soap can also do wonders without the need for damaging brushes.

Step 4: Soak in Invisalign or Denture Cleaner

A 15-minute soak in clear Invisalign cleaning crystals or a denture cleansing solution can help maintain the clear appearance of the aligners. Do not use hot water, as high temperatures can warp the plastic.

Step 5: Brush and Floss Your Teeth Thoroughly

Ensure your own teeth are clean before reinserting your aligners. This will help maintain good oral hygiene and prevent any staining or buildup that might occur on the aligners due to trapped food particles.

Step 6: Insert Into Storage Case When Not in Use

When you’re not wearing your Invisalign, keep them in a clean storage case. This prevents them from being lost or damaged. Do not expose them to air, which can collect dust, or leave them on a tissue, which can transfer particles.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Some common mistakes to avoid when cleaning your Invisalign include:

  • Do not use toothpaste – Toothpaste, especially those with abrasive substances, can cause scratches and cloudiness on the aligners.
  • Do not chew gum or food with the aligners in – This can cause damage, increased bacteria, and discoloration.
  • Do not pour hot water over the aligners – The heat can distort the plastic, leading to a poor fit and potentially affecting your treatment.

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have.

Contact Clifton & Mauney with Invisalign Questions

Our doors are open for any Invisalign-related questions you may have. We are here to guide you—from the best cleaning practices to any concerns about your treatment. For personalized advice and a sparkling Invisalign experience, call 888.339.8108 or contact Clifton & Mauney online to book your consultation or dental appointment.