How To Clean My Invisalign Aligners
Our team of top dentists here at our Farringdon dental practice work hard to create straighter smiles that our patients are proud of. Of all the clear brace treatments available, Invisalign is one of the best brands you can choose – in part, because the whole process is designed around simplicity. In this post, we’ll talk through ways to clean and care for your Invisalign clear braces, so you stay on track with your treatment.
Why do I need to clean my Invisalign?
The most important thing you can do for your clear braces is to clean them regularly and correct them. If you don’t keep them clean, then not only do you run the risk of discolouring them (which means they’ll no longer be invisible braces), but they’ll also accumulate bacteria, which could affect your oral health and will also contribute to bad breath.
When do I need to clean them?
We recommend cleaning your Invisalign:
- Whenever you remove them for eating
- Before bed and when you wake up in the morning
- If you have taken them out for any other reason
How do I clean the trays?
Invisalign is easy to clean. If you’ve had to remove them during the day for any reason, a quick rinse in cold water should be fine. In the morning and evening before bed, it’s worth brushing the aligners with a soft toothbrush (although use a separate brush). You can also soak your invisible braces – as long as you achieve around 22 hours’ wear a day – which can be done in either denture cleaner or Invisalign’s special cleaning crystals. This can help to remove any bacteria or food particles that may be stuck on the trays.
Where do I store my Invisalign?
Whenever you take out your invisible braces, and providing you’re not soaking them, it’s a good idea to store them in a case. That’s because air exposure could cause a build-up of bacteria (and, without the protection of the case, they’re more likely to get lost or broken).
What else do I need to know?
Here are a few more tips that will help your invisible braces stay invisible – and your mouth healthy!
– Never eat or drink while wearing your Invisalign (the exception is tap water). This could lead to staining or damage to the aligners.
– Don’t use cleaning agents on your aligners. Rinse under water, or use either denture cleaner or Invisalign crystals.
– Try to clean/floss your teeth before putting your aligners in. It’s just good practice for your oral health and can help prevent food or bacteria getting trapped in your aligners.
To book an Invisalign consultation at our Farringdon dental practice, call or email today and we’ll find a time that fits into your schedule.