Keep Your Invisalign Trays Sparkling Clean With These Expert Tips

Woman holding a clean Invisalign aligner.

Are you looking for ways to how to clean your aligners and keep them clear?

Keep reading for tips on cleaning Invisalign aligners, using cleaning crystals, preventing and cleaning stains, and much more from Sammamish Family Dental!

The basics of cleaning Invisalign aligners

The best way to prevent stains and keep your trays fresh is to clean them regularly and adequately. Follow these steps for a basic cleaning method:

Soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle soap

  • Get a soft-bristled toothbrush dedicated solely to cleaning your trays.
  • Brush them gently with clear liquid soap to remove food particles and bacteria.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water—never use hot water, as it warps the trays.

Invisalign cleaning crystals: your secret weapon

What are Invisalign cleaning crystals?

Invisalign cleaning crystals are specifically designed to sanitize your aligners. These tiny crystals, made of non-toxic cleaning agents, effectively remove built-up debris on the aligners.

How to use Invisalign cleaning crystals

  • Rinse your aligners under lukewarm running water to wash away any bacteria or residue.
  • Fill a cup or closable container with lukewarm water.
  • Pour a packet of crystals into the water and stir or shake until fully dissolved.
  • Submerge your aligners into the cup and let them soak for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove the aligners and rinse under lukewarm running water.
  • Gently brush off any remaining debris with a soft-bristled toothbrush and thoroughly rinse off the solution.

Orthodontic cleaning made easy

How often should I clean my aligners?

Clean your Invisalign aligners at least once a day, typically whenever you brush your teeth, to prevent stains and damage to your trays.

Extensive cleaning measures

  • Remember to remove your aligners before eating and clean your teeth afterward to prevent food particles from sticking to your aligners.
  • Avoid consuming anything besides water while wearing aligners to prevent cavities, gum disease, and stains.

DIY stain removal techniques

How to clean Invisalign stains

In addition to using Invisalign cleaning crystals, you can try this simple DIY solution:

  1. Fill a cup with equal parts lukewarm water and hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Submerge your aligners and let them soak for roughly half an hour.
  3. Rinse them thoroughly with cold water.
  4. Fill the cup with half lukewarm water and half distilled white vinegar.
  5. Allow your trays to sit in this solution for another 30 minutes.
  6. Gently brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush in cold water to remove discoloration and eliminate bacteria.

Expert advice and care

Still have Invisalign questions?

If you have any other Invisalign questions, reach out to our Sammamish dentist, Dr. Asha MadhavanThis link opens the Doctor’s Page, who is an Invisalign expert with several years of experience in family dentistryThis link opens Family Dentistry Page.

Book an online appointment today or reach out via phone or email for top-notch advice on caring for your trays and smile!

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Asha Madhavan, DDS proudly serves Sammamish, WAThis link opens in Google Maps, and surrounding areas, including Redmond, Issaquah, Kirkland, Bellevue, and Bothell, WA. Visit us at Sammamish Family Dental for all your dental needs.

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