How Do You Clean Your Invisalign Retainers & Tray?

How Do You Clean Your Invisalign Retainers & Tray?

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Invisalign is an innovative treatment to help improve your smile and your dental health. With these clear trays, called aligners, you can have a new smile that you are proud of without having to have braces glued on your teeth. Invisalign gives you the freedom to look your best and not restrict your diet as to not damage the traditional metal brackets that come with orthodontic treatments.

However, if you decide to move forward with Invisalign treatment, it’s crucial to keep your aligners and eventually your retainers clean. Failure to clean and properly care for them can lead to cavities, other dental problems, bad breath, and damaged or discolored trays. The good news is that it doesn’t take a lot of time or money to keep them clean and fresh.

How to Clean Invisalign Aligners and Retainers

You should clean your Invisalign trays each time you brush your teeth or at minimum once a day. You only need a couple minutes to keep your aligners clean. There are several options for cleaning the aligners:

    • Brush them using antibacterial hand soap and a soft bristled toothbrush 
    • Soak aligners in denture or retainer cleaning solution
    • Lightly brushing with toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush
    • Soak them in Invisalign brand cleaning crystals or foams
    • Clean them with peroxide or vinegar only if they have heavy stains or buildup

It’s best to check with your dentist or orthodontist to determine how they recommend you clean your aligners. Some dentists prefer that you don’t use toothpaste as it contains particles like silica or baking soda that can potentially scratch your trays.

Invisalign retainers are nearly identical to the aligners. You can safely use the same cleaning routine that you already use to keep your Invisalign clean. You don’t need to purchase a special retainer cleaner. Just like your aligners, a clear antibacterial hand soap and soft bristled brush is typically what most Invisalign providers recommend.

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign

Can I Use Mouthwash While Wearing Invisalign?

Using mouthwash while going through Invisalign treatment is not recommended. Unfortunately, mouthwashes often contain harsh ingredients known to damage Invisalign aligners. Additionally, it’s common for mouthwash to contain artificial colors that can stain the clear trays.

Why Do Invisalign Aligners Turn Yellow?

Invisalign aligners can sometimes take on a yellow tint due to:

    • Failing to brush teeth before wearing them
    • Consuming coffee, tea, juice, wine, or colored sodas

It’s best if you can brush after each meal. If you can’t, rinse your mouth well before putting your aligners back to avoid yellowing of the trays.

Want to Learn More About Invisalign Treatment in Port Jefferson Station? Contact Smile Shack Today

At Smile Shack, our dental providers are well-versed in Invisalign treatment. We’ve helped orthodontic patients with all types of teeth, jaws, and mouths achieve the straight smile they have always dreamed of —simply by wearing the Invisalign clear aligners for 22 hours per day. We can help you do the same.

Contact Smile Shack today at 631-928-7500 or online to schedule an Invisalign consultation with one of our experienced providers.