How to Clean Invisalign Trays (The Do's & Don'ts)

If you struggle with tooth alignment issues and are considering Invisalign treatment, there are two essential things you will need to do throughout the process:

  • Wear the aligners as recommended by your orthodontist (usually for at least 22 hours a day)
  • Clean your aligners thoroughly every single day

Here are all the Do’s and Don’ts of cleaning Invisalign aligners:

Invisalign Cleaning Do’s

Because the Invisalign aligners make direct contact with your teeth for such a long time every single day, that means all the bacteria that can get trapped in them have an easy way to reach your natural teeth. Without proper cleaning, simply wearing the aligners can increase your risk for cavities and even gum disease.

To prevent that, follow these Invisalign aligner cleaning tips:

  • Use unscented and antibacterial soap to clean your aligners every single day
  • There are also Invisalign-specific cleaning products you can try
  • Make sure you rinse the aligers of all soap and cleaning products before inserting them back into your mouth
  • Rinse and clean your aligners in the morning and before bed
  • Brush your teeth or cleanse the mouth after eating before you put the aligners back in
  • Soak your aligners every couple of days for a more thorough cleaning

Invisalign Cleaning Don’ts

While cleaning Invisalign trays isn’t complicated, there are some common mistakes you’ll want to avoid:

  • Using toothpaste to clean the trays - Toothpaste formula often contains abrasive agents that help remove plaque from the teeth but can end up damaging your aligners;
  • Leaving the aligners anywhere - When you take the aligners out to eat or brush your teeth, make sure to put them back in their case to protect them from damage and accumulating extra bacteria;
  • Using hot water - Invisalign aligners are made from a special clear plastic. Like all plastics, if they are heated, they can change their shape, which means your treatment will be affected negatively. Only use cold water to rinse or clean the aligners.

What If I Accidentally Damage My Aligners?

If your aligners get damaged in any way, it’s important to reach out to your dentist in Rancho Peñasquitos right away and get a new pair. Damaged aligners will not be effective in moving your teeth into their most optimal position, so your treatment could potentially be delayed.

It’s important to upkeep good oral hygiene, aligner maintenance, and follow all your orthodontist’s recommendations to the letter to ensure you get the smile you want as soon as possible. 

Want to Find Out If Invisalign Is Right for You? Stop By for a Consultation

If you’re struggling with tooth aligner or bite issues, Invisalign services from Carmel Mountain Dental Care are exactly what you need to get the picture-perfect smile you’ve always wanted.

To get started, book a consultation at our practice online, or call us directly at (858) 484-4880 for more information about our services.

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