Invisalign orthodontic aligners can be removed, allowing patients to brush and floss and clean their aligners separately. Here's how to keep your Invisalign aligners sparkling.
Follow these steps to keep your Invisalign aligners clean and bacteria-free:
Rinse your aligners carefully when you take them out. Leaving dried saliva and plaque on your aligners will cause bacteria to grow, which could eventually lead to cavities, not to mention bad breath, Always use room temperature or cool water to rinse your aligners, because hot water could damage your aligners.
Brush and floss your teeth before putting your aligners back in so that no food debris is stuck in the space between your aligners and your teeth.
Brush your aligners when 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 once a week in the official Invisalign cleaning crystals and water, or in Denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, or even just plain white vinegar to remove any buildup and to keep your trays sanitized.
This may seem like a lot of work, but like any habits, you'll get used to them and they'll become just another part of your routine. These steps 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!