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How to Clean Your Invisalign Trays

Will you be starting Invisalign soon? Or perhaps you’ve already started treatment. As you get used to your aligner trays, one thing you may be wondering about is how to clean them. 

The good news is that it’s easy to clean your Invisalign trays. Ease of cleaning is just one of many things that is convenient about Invisalign treatment. The fact that Invisalign is removable makes it fit more simply into your life. You can take your aligners out to eat, care for your teeth, and to clean them. 

Here’s how to clean your Invisalign trays as well as some tips for keeping them clean. 

Step by Step Directions for Cleaning your Invisalign Trays

  1. Remove your aligners with your fingers.
  2. Rinse them with cold or lukewarm water. 
  3. Place them in the case. 
  4. Brush and floss your teeth. 
  5. Rinse your mouth out. 
  6. Rinse your toothbrush off. 
  7. Apply a small amount of toothpaste to your clean brush.
  8. Hold one aligner at a time in your hand and brush them as you would your teeth, making sure to get the bristles down into the small crevices. 
  9. Rinse your aligners in cold or lukewarm water. 
  10. Put your aligners back in your mouth. 

Now both your teeth and your aligners are clean to prevent tooth decay and bad breath. 

Tips for Keeping your Trays Clean

In order to keep your trays clean throughout the day when you can’t brush them, follow these tips:

  • Don’t attempt to eat or drink anything other than water while wearing your aligners. 
  • If you drink something other than water with your aligners in, rinse them with water afterwards. 
  • Make sure you put your aligners in correctly so that they fit snugly to your teeth. This will help prevent liquid from getting under them. 
  • Brush them with toothpaste at least once a day. 
  • Avoid eating or drinking anything that could discolor your aligners, such as sucking on candy or drinking beverages that contain dye. 

    What Not to Do

    Here are some things you should not do when it comes to cleaning your aligners:

    • Do not brush your aligners while you are wearing them. That will only clean the outside, which is not the most important part to clean. 
    • Do not rinse your aligners with hot water. 
    • Do not soak your aligners in alcohol or mouthwash. 
    • Do not clean or soak your aligners in bleach.
    • Do not drink hot beverages like coffee or tea while wearing your aligners. 
    • Do not chew gum while wearing your aligners. 

      Why is Cleaning Your Aligners So Important?

      You may be wondering what the big deal is about cleaning your aligners. Why does it matter when you only wear them for a few weeks at a time? Well, there are many reasons that cleaning your aligners is important. 

      The biggest danger to your teeth is something called plaque. Plaque is a combination of food particles and bacteria that form a sticky film that clings to your teeth. If plaque is left on your teeth for too long without being brushed away, it can cause your teeth to decay. The bacteria that feeds on the plaque will eventually eat away at your enamel. The holes that are formed as a result are called cavities. If a cavity is not filled, it can eventually become deep enough that the inside of the tooth is exposed, which is when it can start to cause you pain and require more complex treatment, such as a root canal. 

      Wearing Invisalign trays creates a perfect place for plaque to go. If plaque gets between your teeth and aligners, it can cause your teeth to decay, possibly at a faster rate than it would if you weren’t wearing aligners. This is why brushing your teeth and your aligners is so important. As long as you do this twice a day, you can prevent tooth decay. 

        Lake Minnetonka Orthodontics is a Certified Invisalign Provider

        If you’re considering Invisalign for yourself or your child, Lake Minnetonka Orthodontics provides this option for teeth alignment. We have successfully treated many satisfied customers with Invisalign, making us a platinum level Invisalign provider. 

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