How to Clean Invisalign Trays

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If you have crooked teeth, invisalign is a great option for straightening them out and fixing many orthodontic concerns. Invisalign involves wearing clear trays over your teeth that help move them into a better position. It’s important to clean these trays regularly to prevent issues like staining, tooth discoloration, and bacteria buildup. 

How Often to Clean Invisalign?

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Clean invisalign trays regularly for your dental health.

Your dentist will give you exact instructions on how to care for your aligner trays. However, typically we recommend thoroughly cleaning them twice a day, morning and night. This removes bacteria that can lead to bad breath, gum disease, and cavities in your teeth. You may need to clean your aligner trays more often in some circumstances, like if they’re noticeably dirty or stained.

Also, you’ll need to rinse your trays every time you take them off. You will take your invisalign trays off every time you eat and drink anything other than water. Rinse them thoroughly and store them safely in an airtight container. When you’re done eating, brush and floss your teeth and put the trays back in. 

How to Clean Aligner Trays

So, how do you clean and rinse your aligner trays? When it comes to rinsing, all you need to do is rinse it under running water. This removes excess saliva, but won’t necessarily address bacteria on the surface. 

For daily cleaning, you’ll need a soft bristled toothbrush that you don’t use for your teeth as well as clear, unscented soap. Use warm water to rinse the tray and then brush the invisalign tray with the soap. Then rinse it thoroughly and store in an airtight container when not in use. 

However, in some cases, you may need to clean your invisalign trays more deeply. For instance, if your trays develop a smell or have visible staining. In these cases, you will need a special germ-killing solution. Common options include aligner therapy sterilizing liquid or cleaning crystals. These usually involve soaking the trays in the solution for three minutes or so. 

You should never use the following on your aligner trays:

  • Denture cleaners
  • Mouthwash
  • Toothpaste
  • Scented soaps
  • Dyed soaps
  • Hot water

These things can damage your aligner trays. Also, just remember that you should never eat with your trays in or drink anything that isn’t water. This can lead to staining, damage, and a higher risk for cavities and other dental issues. 

Solutions for Crooked Teeth from Our Dentist at The ToothBooth

If you want a straighter smile, our dentist in Katy, TX is here to help. At The ToothBooth, we provide quality dental care for the whole family. Dr. Taha offers years of experience for a wide range of services, including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, and other specialty dental concerns. Call us today at (832) 437-0841 to schedule an appointment with our team.