How to Clean Invisalign:
Tips & Best Practices

Invisalign offers tremendous benefits to those seeking a discreet treatment option. Patients love that the removable, virtually invisible aligners provide excellent care without disrupting their lifestyle. 

As a Top 1% Diamond Invisalign provider in the US, Carmen Orthodontics treats more Invisalign cases than 99% of orthodontists in the US and has the most Invisalign experience in Columbus and central Ohio. We’ll give you the tips you’ll need to properly clean and care for your aligners.

Let’s look at the best ways to clean Invisalign trays so you can achieve dazzling results!

How to Clean Invisalign Aligners

Brush Your Aligners Morning & Night

A sure way to keep your aligners clean is to brush them in the morning and night when you brush your teeth. Keeping a consistent schedule will prevent bacteria and food particles from gathering on the trays. An effective routine includes:

  • Rinsing your aligners with water.
  • Gently brushing your Invisalign with a soft-bristled toothbrush (preferably one you designate for your aligners) and toothpaste.
  • Rinsing the toothpaste from the aligners before putting them back on your teeth.
  • Remember to avoid abrasive materials like soap or hard-bristled brushes that can dull your aligners.
Cleaning invisalign aligners with a bamboo toothbrush
Invisible dental orthodontic submerged in water for cleaning

Soak Your Aligners Once a Day

Soaking your aligners for about 20 minutes is another great way to keep them looking their best. We recommend soaking the trays in either denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals that you dissolve in water. Soaking your trays can help:

  • Prevent stains
  • Improve odor
  • Clear debris
  • Disinfect the aligners

 After you soak the aligners, thoroughly brush them to remove any excess debris.

Caring for Invisalign Aligners

Cleaning your aligners is only part of the suggested care plan. Follow these recommendations to keep your Invisalign in top condition!

Always Rinse Aligners
When You Remove Them

Rinsing your aligners when you remove them will clean off saliva or food particles. Remember to do this even when you’re not at home. This will help prevent bacteria from collecting while the trays are in their case.

Always Store Aligners
in Their Case

The aligners are lightweight and virtually invisible, which is great when they’re in your mouth, but that also makes them easy to lose or break if they are not stored in their case. You can develop a habit of keeping your trays in their case by putting them away every time you remove them, whether to brush your teeth, eat, or drink.

Remember to clean your aligners before you store them and to rinse them before putting them back on your teeth.

Do Not Eat or Drink
with Aligners In

One of Invisalign’s best benefits is that you can remove the aligners to eat or drink. Doing so will prevent food particles from staining or damaging the trays. Water is the only thing you should consume while wearing your aligners.

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At Carmen Orthodontics, providing you with the best care in Columbus, Pickerington, and Canal Winchester is our top priority. We’re here to support you from your first appointment to the day you share your new smile with the world! Dr. Carmen’s years of experience treating patients with Invisalign is unmatched in central Ohio, so he knows how to help you get the most from your treatment.

Schedule your free consultation today to discover how Invisalign can give you the smile you’ve always wanted!