Invisalign orthodontic aligners can be removed, allowing patients to brush and floss like normal. However, it's important to keep your aligners clean, too. Here’s how.
Following these steps will keep your Invisalign aligners clean and bacteria-free:
Rinse your aligners carefully every time you remove them. Don't give bacteria a chance to grow by leaving dried saliva and plaque on your aligners! Always use room temperature or cool water when doing this, because hot water could damage your aligners.
Brush and floss your teeth before you put your aligners back in so that food debris doesn't get caught in the space between your aligners and your teeth. It’s a recipe for bad breath and tooth decay.
Brush your aligners every time you you brush your teeth. You can use your toothpaste and a toothbrush to clean them inside and out, thoroughly but gently. Then rinse with cool water.
Soak your Invisalign aligners weekly in the official Invisalign cleaning crystals, or in Denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, or white vinegar to remove any buildup and to keep your trays sanitized.
This may seem like a lot of work, but these habits are essential to maintaining your oral health during your treatment, and by extension its ultimate success.
By maintaining these habits, you’ll be able keep your aligners clean and healthy for you to have in your mouth, and eliminate the risk of their tasting or smelling foul!