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How to Clean Invisalign Trays – What to Do & What to Avoid

April 13, 2021
Posted By: Ryan Rupert

If you’re new to Invisalign in Robinson Township, North Fayette, Oakdale, or Sewickley, you may be wondering how to care for your Invisalign trays to keep them clear, bright, and free of nasty bacteria buildup. In this blog from Robinson Township Smiles, we’ll give you some tips on what you should (and shouldn’t) do when caring for your teeth and your trays during Invisalign treatment. 


What to Do When Cleaning Invisalign Trays


First, let’s talk about the best ways to keep your Invisalign trays clean and in great shape. If you follow this advice, you can avoid stains, bacteria buildup, discoloration, and more.

  • Brush your trays once per day with clean-rinsing, fragrance-free, and undyed antibacterial soap and a toothbrush. This helps kill bacteria and keeps them clean.

  • Always brush and/or rinse your teeth and rinse your trays any time you take them out to eat or drink.

  • Soak your Invisalign trays in Invisalign cleaning crystals or denture cleaner once a day. Most patients do this at night before bed, and this helps prevent the buildup of plaque and bacteria while keeping your trays clear and bright.

  • Brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day. Most people do this after cleaning their trays in the morning and at night after their last meal. This helps keep your mouth healthy and prevents tooth decay and gum disease.

  • Floss at least once per day. This helps keep your teeth and trays clean and removes tiny food particles that can cause decay and irritate your teeth and gums when wearing Invisalign trays.


What to Avoid When Cleaning Invisalign Trays


There are some mistakes that people make when cleaning their Invisalign trays or cleaning their teeth. Let’s take a look at a few of these and how to avoid them now. 


  • Avoid damaging your trays by dropping them on the sink or the floor. Your trays are quite fragile, and can easily break if you drop them from too high up. If you are worried about this, you can put a towel down on your sink or fill the sink up with a bit of water to “catch” the trays if you drop them.

  • Avoid leaving your trays exposed to the air. Always keep them in their carrying case when you’re not wearing them to reduce bacteria buildup.

  • Don’t use toothpaste or mouthwash to clean your trays. Toothpaste is abrasive and can damage them. Mouthwash is often dyed in bright colors and can discolor the trays. You should only use Invisalign crystals, denture cleaner, or clear, unscented soap to clean your trays.

  • Don’t use hot water to clean your trays. Invisalign is a type of “thermoplastic,” which means it softens a lot under heat. If the water is too hot, your aligners could warp and become damaged. 


Interested in Invisalign in Robinson Township? See If It’s Right for You! 

Invisalign is a great alternative to braces, and it’s suitable for most people with minor to moderate orthodontic problems. So don’t wait. See if Invisalign is right for you by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Ryan Rupert at Robinson Township Smiles. To get started, just contact us online or give us a call at (412) 859-3833.

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