Learn effective methods for cleaning your Invisalign trays to maintain their clarity and prevent bacteria buildup. Keep your smile healthy and bright!

February 27, 2024
How To Clean Invisalign Trays

Invisalign trays have revolutionized the world of orthodontics, offering a clear, comfortable alternative to traditional braces. But to keep them working effectively and maintain oral health, it's crucial to clean them properly. Here's how.

Why Cleaning Your Invisalign Trays Is Important

Neglecting to clean your Invisalign trays can lead to several issues. Bacteria and plaque can build up, leading to a foul smell and discoloration of the trays. More seriously, these bacteria can harm your oral health, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Regular cleaning ensures your trays stay clear and your mouth stays healthy.

Daily Cleaning Routine

Cleaning your Invisalign trays should be part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Rinse them every morning to remove the bacteria that accumulate overnight. At night, clean them thoroughly with a soft toothbrush and clear, unscented soap to remove any lingering plaque or food particles. Avoid colored or scented soaps, as they can leave a residue or discolor your trays.

Deep Cleaning Your Invisalign Trays

In addition to daily cleaning, it's good practice to deep clean your Invisalign trays once a week. You can use a specialized Invisalign cleaning solution or a 50/50 mix of vinegar and warm water. Soak your trays for about 20 minutes, then rinse them thoroughly to remove the cleaning solution.

What To Avoid When Cleaning Your Trays

Avoid using toothpaste or hot water to clean your Invisalign trays. Toothpaste can be abrasive and scratch the surface of your trays, making them look cloudy. Hot water can warp the plastic, affecting the fit and effectiveness of your trays.

Traveling with Trays

When traveling with your Invisalign trays, it's essential to plan ahead to maintain your oral hygiene routine effectively. Pack a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste to ensure you can brush your teeth and trays after meals, even on the go. Additionally, carrying a portable case for your trays helps protect them from damage and keeps them clean when not in use. Remember to plan for cleaning supplies, whether it's packing soap or bringing along Invisalign cleaning crystals, especially if you're flying or staying in a hotel. With proper preparation, you can ensure that your travels don't disrupt your Invisalign treatment, allowing you to maintain a healthy smile wherever you go.

Maintaining Your Oral Health While Using Invisalign

Remember, clean trays are just part of the equation. It's also important to maintain good oral hygiene practices while using Invisalign. Brush and floss your teeth before reinserting your trays to prevent trapping food particles and bacteria against your teeth.

Schedule Your Invisalign Consultation Today

If you're considering Invisalign, or if you're a current user with questions about care, don't hesitate to reach out. At Chesapeake Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Dr. Martha Sidlowski is here to guide you through your Invisalign journey. Call us at (410) 990-4800 to schedule your consultation today. Let's work together to create that perfect smile you've always dreamed of.