8 Tips to Clean Your Invisalign Effectively

how to clean your invisalign

Invisalign trays are a quick and discreet solution to correct your bite problems and straighten your teeth. Unlike traditional braces or other orthodontic solutions, they are removable, making them the best and accessible choice for your orthodontic issues.

No matter how easy they are to use every day, Invisalign cleaning is something you need to take extra care of.

Teeth Straightening & Other Orthodontic Solutions With Invisalign

Invisalign does the same work traditional braces do. Invisalign can fix several issues such as – crooked teeth, crowded teeth, overlapping teeth, or teeth with gaps between them. They also aim to correct overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites.

As the name suggests, Invisalign trays are hard to notice. They are clear, thin, and meant to fit around your teeth, making them almost invisible when worn perfectly.

Comfort is an additional benefit of Invisalign. They do not have any protruding wires or brackets poking the inside of your cheeks or lips. These aligners will be gentle to your gums.

Treatment with an Invisalign is easy. Wear an Invisalign for 20-22 hours a day and remove them only while eating, brushing, and flossing. You will need to switch aligners every 1-2 weeks and visit your orthodontist every 6-8 weeks to monitor your progress.

Since Invisalign is removable and clear, they need extra care for maintenance. Here are eight quick Invisalign care tips for you.

How to Care For Your Invisalign?

Brush Your Aligners Twice a Day

The first rule of great Invisalign care is to brush them every morning and evening. Not cleaning them every day will form plaque in them and build up bacteria.

Gently clean your aligners twice a day with toothpaste and a soft toothbrush. This ensures that the remaining bacteria are washed off your aligner.

Soak Your Aligners in Cleaning Crystals

Invisalign cleaning crystals are used to get rid of foul odors, bacteria buildup, and staining from your trays. Add the crystals in the suggested amount of water and soak the aligners in them.

It takes about 15 minutes for the solution to work on your aligners. Once you soak them, brush, rinse and replace the trays.

Keep Your Invisalign Trays in its Case

If you do not store your Invisalign in a safe place, you risk losing them or leaving them in a place where they could get damaged or develop bacteria.

If you are taking your Invisalign out to eat or drink, develop the habit of putting them back in their case.

Don’t Use Heat to Disinfect Your Aligners

Disinfecting things with hot water is a common practice, but disinfecting your aligners with hot water will only damage them.

Plastic trays are durable, but they can soften and change shape due to extreme heat, leaving no meaning to the aligners. Instead of boiling water, you can use warm water to rinse and clean them.

Do Not Ignore Cracks and Rough Edges

Cracking of Invisalign is not common, so do not ignore any rough edges or cracks in them. These cracks could develop from accidentally eating while wearing them or taking them out repeatedly.

If you notice any cracks, let your orthodontist know. Anything more than minor damage is a potential risk to your mouth.

Remove Your Aligners With Care

Great Invisalign care also comes with placing and removing them properly. Be gentle while removing your aligners, as you do not want to risk damaging them or hurting your gums. Removing aligners can be tricky for people at the starting of the treatment.

Try to remove the aligners from the back of your mouth by gently lifting them at the molars first and then gradually moving towards the front of your mouth.

If you still have difficulty removing them efficiently, contact your orthodontist and discuss other methods like an aligner hook.

Smart Traveling

You can easily get distracted while traveling and forget your aligners or skip cleaning them after a long night.

You need to commit to cleaning them. For proper Invisalign care while traveling, always carry cleaning supplies with you.

Rinse Them Regularly

Rinse your aligner trays with water every time you take them out. Regular tap water is enough for Invisalign cleaning.

Rinsing your aligners regularly is a great practice to get rid of any bacteria built-up on them. You can even avoid bad breath. Before slipping them back in, rinse your mouth thoroughly so that you get rid of any left-out tiny food particles in your mouth.

Bottom line

Invisalign care is pretty straightforward – just another reason they are so popular among teen and adult patients. 

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