Invisalign retainers are an important part of the Invisalign treatment process. They help keep your teeth in place and ensure that you get the best results from your Invisalign treatment. The Invisalign cleaning system is a very important part of keeping them in good condition. If you don’t clean them properly, they may become stained or scratched.

Clean Invisalign trays are key to the success of your treatment and maintenance of your dental health, and they should be handled with the best care. Here are some tips for keeping your aligners clean and in top shape.

Clean Invisalign trays every day with a toothbrush and Invisalign cleaning crystals.

In order to ensure that your retainers are working properly and staying clean, it is important that you are cleaning Invisalign trays every day. This can be easily done by using cleaning crystals and a toothbrush.

First, rinse the retainer with warm water to remove any food particles or debris. Next, gently brush all surfaces of the retainer with a soft-bristled toothbrush, being careful not to bend or warp the shape of the retainer. Finally, rinse the retainer again and let it air dry before putting it back in your mouth. 

Soak them in retainer cleaner overnight once a week.

While you can brush your Invisalign retainer with a toothbrush and toothpaste, it’s also important to soak them in a soaking solution overnight once a week. This will help to remove any build-up of bacteria and keep your aligners looking and feeling their best.

Soak your aligners in a retainer cleaner, such as Retainer Brite, according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and be sure to rinse them thoroughly before wearing them again. They are similar to denture cleaners but will not harshly affect the plastic aligners.

Use hydrogen peroxide to remove tough stains.

When used properly, hydrogen peroxide can effectively remove stains from teeth and retainer trays. When cleaning Invisalign aligners, be sure to use a low concentration of peroxide and rinse the aligners thoroughly with water afterward. With a little care, you can safely and effectively use peroxide to remove tough stains and keep your retainer bright and clean.

Store your Invisalign retainers in a case when you’re not wearing them.

You should store your orthodontic appliances in a clean case when you’re not wearing them. This will help to prevent the build-up of bacteria and plaque. If you don’t have a case, you can wrap your clear aligners in a clean cloth.

Things to Avoid When Cleaning Your Invisalign Retainers

It is important to have clean Invisalign aligners to maintain proper oral hygiene. When cleaning your Invisalign retainers, there are a few things you should avoid.

  • Hot Water: Hot, boiling water can actually warp the aligners, making them less effective and more difficult to wear.
  • Abrasive Toothpaste: You should also avoid using abrasive toothpaste when cleaning your aligners, as this can cause scratches that attract bacteria.
  • Harsh Chemicals: You should also avoid using harsh chemicals, as these can damage the aligners or cause irritation.
  • Mouthwash: You might be tempted to use mouthwash when cleaning your aligners, but this can actually damage the plastic and cause irritation.

By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your retainers are clean and free of bacteria. If you have any questions about how to clean your Invisalign retainers, please contact our office. We would be happy to help!