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How to Clean Your Invisalign Aligners
Posted on 06/22/2017

How to Clean Your Invisalign Aligners

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As a leading provider of San Antonio Invisalign, many of our patients here at UC Smiles Orthodontics choose to use clear, removable aligners to improve their smiles. If you’re just beginning your Invisalign treatment, you may be wondering how you should clean your aligners. It’s very important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine so your aligners are clean and odor-free. Failing to clean your aligners properly after eating and drinking can result in discoloration and a buildup of bacteria. The good news is that you can enjoy clean Invisalign aligners by following these do’s and don’ts.

Do Brush Your Teeth Before Replacing Your Aligners

It’s important that your teeth are clean before putting your aligners back in after eating. If you don’t, bacteria and acids from the foods you’ve eaten will remain on your teeth to cause damage to the enamel on your teeth, putting you at risk for tooth decay. As soon as you’re done eating, clean your teeth (and your aligners) before putting the aligners back in.

Do Brush your Aligners, but Without Using Toothpaste

The best way to keep your aligners clean every day is to brush them gently with cool water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Just don’t use any toothpaste when you do this as many kinds of toothpaste contain whitening agents and abrasives that can discolor and scratch the plastic material the aligners are made of.

Don’t Use Mouthwash

While it may seem logical to soak your aligners in mouthwash to give them a fresh scent and taste, this is not the best idea. Many mouthwashes contain harsh dyes that can discolor the clear aligners. Some mouthwashes even contain alcohol that can damage the plastic material. And generally speaking, most mouthwashes are not very effective at killing bacteria.

Do Soak Your Aligners

To kill bacteria and reduce odors, you can soak your aligners periodically using Invisalign Cleaning Crystals, which can be purchased directly from the official Invisalign Store. When added to water, these crystals make a soaking solution that removes dental plaque from aligners. You can also make your own aligner soak using a 50:50 mix of water and hydrogen peroxide. Then simply drop your aligners in the solution and let them be for about 30 minutes.

Don’t Use Denture Tablets

One last mistake to avoid making is using denture tablets to clean your aligners. Most of these products are harsh and can turn the plastic material a cloudy, yellowish color.

Contact Your Orthodontist in San Antonio

By following these cleaning tips, you can keep your Invisalign aligners fresh and clean. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us as we’re always here to help! Dr. Bebe and her staff want all our patients wearing Invisalign to have a positive and trouble-free orthodontic experience!