How To Clean Invisalign Aligners

One of the most important things to remember about Invisalign, aside from actually wearing them, is that they need to be cleaned regularly. Just like you clean your teeth, you should also clean your Invisalign aligners although they are meant to be disposed of after a few weeks. Invisalign cleaning will help keep them clear and nearly invisible and prevent odor-causing buildup. 

Learn more about cleaning your Invisalign aligners and some tips for keeping them nearly invisible.

How To Clean Invisalign Trays

There is a major difference between cleaning Invisalign aligners and rinsing your aligners. Throughout the day, you will benefit from removing and rinsing your Invisalign aligners before popping them back in. Rinsing will help to remove any large particles, but it won’t get rid of the unseen bacteria building upon them. Northern Virginia Orthodontics is the leading Invisalign provider in North America and will give you all the information you need to know about taking good care of your aligners, but here are some basic steps to get your Invisalign trays clean.

  1. Rinse your aligners with lukewarm water
  2. Brush your aligners with a soft-bristle toothbrush and any type of mouthwash
  3. Rinse your aligners thoroughly with water
  4. Store in a protective case or pop them back in your mouth

These four simple steps will help keep your aligners clean and nearly invisible throughout your treatment process while reducing any bad breath.

Invisalign Cleaning Solutions

Special Invisalign tablets can be purchased for cleaning. These tablets are dissolved in a cup of water to soak your trays in. It is still recommended to brush your trays with a soft-bristle toothbrush before soaking. Invisalign even has special Invisalign Cleaning Crystals that are made specifically for cleaning your Invisalign trays. 

Food Can Stain Invisalign Aligners

It is important to remember to remove your aligners prior to eating and brush your teeth after eating and before putting your Invisalign aligners back in. Foods like pasta sauce or berries can stain your trays or cause clouding. Nothing stinks more than cloudy aligners that should be nearly invisible.

Happy Teeth With Clean Invisalign Trays

We always stress how important it is to brush your teeth at least two times a day and floss regularly. Cleaning your Invisalign aligners is just as important. If your trays are not clean, your teeth are not clean. Simple as that. Cleaning your Invisalign trays is part of maintaining your oral hygiene and smile health. 

Invisalign Aligners With Northern Virginia Orthodontics

Northern Virginia Orthodontics is the #1 Invisalign provider in North America. We are the smartest choice for your best smile! With affordable payment plan options, we make a great smile achievable. We also offer a referral program to earn gift cards for up to four referrals.  

Request an appointment for your free smile consultation today at one of our four northern Virginia locations.