One of the most significant benefits of Invisalign orthodontic aligners is that they can be removed, allowing you to brush and floss like normal. But! Your aligners still need to be cleaned, too. Here’s how.
To keep your Invisalign aligners clean and free of bacteria, be sure to follow these steps:
Rinse your aligners thoroughly each time you remove them. Dried saliva and plaque are an excellent breeding ground for bacteria, so don’t give them a chance to develop! Be sure to always use cool or at most lukewarm water when doing this, as hot water may damage your aligners.
Brush and floss your teeth before you put your aligners back in. You really don’t want to trap the leftovers from your lunch in the tight spaces between your aligners and your teeth. It’s a recipe for bad breath and decay.
Brush your aligners each time you brush your teeth. You can use toothpaste and a toothbrush to accomplish this, and brush them inside and out thoroughly, but gently. And when you rinse, keep the water cool!
Soak your Invisalign aligners once a week in Denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, the official Invisalign cleaning crystals or even white vinegar to remove any buildup and to keep your trays sanitized.
This may seem like a lot of extra work, but getting into these habits is crucial for your oral health and by extension, the overall success of your orthodontic treatment.
By maintaining these habits, you’ll be able keep your aligners clean and healthy for you to have in your mouth, and eliminate the risk of their tasting or smelling foul!