What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a clear aligner system that uses a series of custom-made, removable aligners to gradually move your teeth into the right position. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and then replaced by the next one in the series.
The Invisalign system has been proven safe and effective in clinical studies conducted around the world. In fact, more than 3 million people have chosen Invisalign because they want an alternative to traditional braces that’s less noticeable, easier to maintain and more comfortable.
How to Clean Invisalign
- Brush your aligners with a soft-bristled toothbrush, or use flossing threaders if necessary.
- Use fluoride-free mouthwash to help remove any buildup and debris from your aligners.
- Do not use abrasive cleaners on Invisalign, as this may damage them!
Tips for Keeping Invisalign Clean
- Brush and floss teeth after every meal.
- Clean trays after every meal.
- Rinse trays with lukewarm water after each use, if you’re able to do so at that time (or at least rinse them before bed).
When to See a Dentist
- When you experience pain or discomfort when wearing trays
- When foul odor comes from your mouth
- When build-up of plaque on the inside of trays
Caring for Your Invisalign Trays
- Store your trays in a safe place.
- Avoid damaging your trays, especially if you have to carry them around with you (e.g., when traveling).
- Replace any damaged or lost trays as soon as possible so that the treatment process can continue without interruption.
Common Questions About Invisalign Cleaning
- What should I do if I miss a day of cleaning?
- How often should I clean my trays?
- Can I use toothpaste to clean my trays?
Invisalign Cleaning Products
- Use warm water.
- Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive products.
- Avoid products containing alcohol, which can dry out your teeth and gums.
DIY Invisalign Cleaning Tips
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
Invisalign Cleaning Kits
You’ll need a toothbrush and container with lid to store it in. You can use any kind of toothbrush, but we recommend getting one that has soft bristles and is designed for braces.
- Place your Invisalign trays in the container with the bristles facing down so they don’t get damaged by other items inside your bag or suitcase when traveling.
- If you don’t have a container, then wrap each tray individually in toilet paper to keep them from scratching against each other during travel (or if you want extra protection).
- Store these items separately from other things like makeup brushes or pens because these items may contain germs that could transfer onto your Invisalign trays if they’re not cleaned regularly!
Invisalign is a great option for those who want to straighten their teeth, but don’t want to deal with the hassle of metal braces. If you have Invisalign, it’s important to keep up with your treatment plan by following these tips:
- Use an oral rinse after every meal or snack. This will help get rid of food particles that could get stuck between your aligners and cause irritation or infection.
- Brush gently with soft-bristled toothbrush and water only–no toothpaste! The aligners are made out of plastic, so they can be easily damaged by harsh chemicals like fluoride in toothpaste (which also makes them taste bad). Invisalign recommends using a specialized cleaning kit instead; just make sure it doesn’t have any abrasives in it either!