Invisalign Cleaning Crystals – How to Use Them!

Invisalign cleaning crystals

Invisalign treatment is immensely popular amongst teens and young adults. It treats your misaligned teeth without the hassle of traditional metal braces. And the best part is that Invisalign is made up of transparent plastic material. So you get closer to your dream smile without even giving a hint to people around you about your ongoing treatment. Our experience at Brite Orthodontics, New York, reinstate that Invisalign is indeed in high demand amongst youth.

If you or your child is going ahead with the Invisalign treatment, it is vital for you to know how to care for them. You must keep them clean for your oral hygiene and the effectiveness of the treatment. Let us introduce you to the best cleaning method for cleaning Invisalign, and that is Invisalign cleaning crystals.

This article will explain how Invisalign crystals work, how much to use them, and some alternate methods of cleaning Invisalign.

Invisalign Cleaning Crystals

Invisalign cleaning crystals are designed and manufactured by the Invisalign brand. It can clean and disinfect Invisalign aligners and retainers. They remove all kinds of plaques and bacteria on the surface of the aligners. It also does deep cleaning for any bacteria stuck inside. You need to soak your aligners with these crystals daily to clean them thoroughly.

These crystals are the sure-shot way to ensure that the clear aligners are free from bacteria and viruses. It becomes more critical in ongoing corona times. Now you need extra protection from germs, bacteria, and viruses. Invisalign crystals sanitize the aligners to the optimum level.

Instructions – How To Use Invisalign Cleaning Crystals

We are describing the general Invisalign cleaning crystals instructions here on how to use the crystals to clean the Invisalign. But we would recommend you to verify with your orthodontist before applying the below method.

  1. First, use warm water to rinse the aligners or retainers to remove any leftover food debris.
  2. Now, take a bowl or glass and fill it with warm water. Dip 1 package of Invisalign cleaning crystal in that water.
  3. Stir the water in the glass or bowl thoroughly to ensure that the crystals completely dissolve in the water.
  4. Dip your aligners in this bowl or glass of Invisalign crystals dissolved in warm water. And soak for a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 30 minutes.
  5. Afterwards, stir one more time before taking the aligners out and rinse them under running warm water.
  6. Check if there is any residue on the aligners. Brush it off gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  7. You can wear your fresh, deeply cleaned, and disinfected aligners now!

Number of Times to Clean Your Invisalign With Invisalign Cleaning Crystals

While working in New York, we found out that it is best to clean your aligners with Invisalign crystals as many times as you remove them. However, cleaning them twice a day, e.g., morning and night, will also serve the purpose. And do not forget to clean your teeth regularly along with aligners for complete oral hygiene.

The Invisalign cleaning crystals clear all the harmful bacteria and germs from your aligners, making them safe for you to wear. If you don’t clean your aligners enough, you might suffer from bad breath or gingivitis. These crystals are convenient to use and take only 15 minutes to clean your retainers deeply. Your Invisalign will look fresh and radiant with regular cleaning. And there will be no chance of any foul smell coming from them.

How To Clean Invisalign Aligners

Since the Invisalign company itself makes Invisalign cleaning crystals, Orthodontists maintain that using Invisalign cleaning crystals is the best way to clean the Invisalign aligners. But you can try these alternative methods as well:-

DIY Cleaning Soaks

You can mix either hydrogen peroxide or vinegar or bleach with water. You can clean your aligners or retainers by dipping them in these solutions. All these are well-known cleaning soaks.


It is not a much-recommended method to clean the aligners. The reason being that mouthwash can disinfect your aligners, but it can’t get rid of plaque and debris on its own. Moreover, it causes discoloration of aligners.

Soft-bristled Toothbrush

People use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean aligners. But even a soft-bristled toothbrush can cause scratches. Bacteria can use these scratches as a breeding ground. Thus. It is not an ideal method to clean aligners. And never use whitening toothpaste to clean aligners.

Commercial Products

Many OTC products are designed to clean the Invisalign aligners and retainers—for instance, Retainer Brite, SonicBrite, and others. Take your orthodontist’s advice before using any of them.

Parting Words!

There are alternatives to Invisalign cleaning crystals. But it would be best to use Invisalign crystals only if you are going for Invisalign treatment. This product is proven to keep your Aligners fresh, clean, and bacteria-free.

You can contact us at Brite Orthodontics, New York for more information on braces, Invisalign, Invisalign cleaning crystals, or any other dental concerns. We offer high-end orthodontic treatments with personal care at an affordable price.

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Dr. Satish Pai, M.D.S

Dr. Satish Pai is an orthodontist and Ivy League trained dentist who has served as a faculty at Columbia University. He believes a perfect smile not only makes a person look great but feel great. As the founder of Putnam Orthodontics and a Partner at Brite Orthodontics, he is dedicated to providing the best orthodontic treatments to his patients. He also writes to educate people about everything orthodontics and the importance of correctly aligned teeth along with good oral health. In his free time, you can find him golfing, doing yoga or surfing, and spending time with his family.

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