How to clean your Invisalign braces

Posted by on 17 April 2019 | Comments

Invisalign braces are very effective, but they need a little maintenance like all good orthodontic systems. They need regular cleaning just like your teeth do to prevent them from discolouring, cracking, and staining, but how do you do this? Well, we’ll of course tell you all the aftercare advice at your appointment with us, but here are our top tips written down on how to clean your Invisalign braces.


How to clean your Invisalign

Generally speaking, the best way to clean your Invisalign braces is by soaking them in denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals. Set aside a soft-bristled toothbrush for the purpose of cleaning your aligners, because they’ll need a light scrub too. Soak them and brush them once a day to remove dried saliva that could cause cracking, food particles that could harm your teeth, and other dried debris that could result in visible deposits and a bad taste! Because you need to remove your Invisalign braces to clean your teeth when you wake up, it’s wise to soak them and brush them at this point, have your breakfast, clean your teeth again, then pop them back in for the day.


Morning care

As mentioned above, you need to clean your Invisalign trays when you wake up in the morning. The recommended wear time for your aligners is 20 to 22 hours, so you should be wearing them while you sleep. The build-up of saliva that will have accumulated over night needs to be cleaned away from your teeth and aligners, because the warm and wet environment of your mouth is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Don’t replace your aligners in your mouth until you’ve cleaned them and brushed your teeth after breakfast, too. This will prevent food debris from being held against your teeth surfaces by the aligners and will therefore lessen the risks of cavities.


Rinse your aligners regularly

One of the benefits of Invisalign braces that makes them so attractive to teenagers and to adults is that they can be removed for eating, drinking, and social occasions. When you do this to enjoy a meal or a snack, remember to rinse your aligners before storing them in their protective case. This stops saliva from drying to the plastic, which can cause discolouration, foul smells and tastes, and even cracking and breaking the aligners. After the meal, brush your teeth again and pop the aligners back in.


Remove your Invisalign braces to eat

Always remove your Invisalign braces to eat any amount of food, even if it’s a bite or a snack. The plastic was not made to withstand biting and chewing in this way, so you could crack and break your aligners by doing so. Also, drinking certain drinks will stain your aligners. Drinks like coffee and tea will stain your aligners just as easily as they’ll stain your teeth, which obviously makes the clear plastic a lot less discreet. You can drink water whilst wearing your Invisalign, but otherwise they’ll need to be removed.


If you’d like to find out personalised aftercare advice or need a recap of your treatment considerations, visit the Orthodontic Studio. Equally, if you’re curious about Invisalign braces in Rotherham, book your initial consultation with us on 01709 382 047 today.