Three Tips to Keep Your Invisalign® Aligners Clean

By: Dr. Ellen Katz


Maintaining your Invisalign teeth straightening aligners is crucial for achieving the best possible results in your orthodontic journey. At Maison BE Dental Studio in New York, NY, Dr. Ellen Katz specializes in providing top-notch Invisalign treatments to patients seeking a seamless path to a straighter smile. Regular cleaning and care of your teeth aligners not only enhance the treatment but also play a critical role in maintaining oral health. By following the right care routine, you can ensure that your Invisalign aligners remain effective throughout the duration of your treatment, contributing significantly to the success of your teeth straightening goals.

How should I clean my Invisalign teeth aligners?

Cleaning your aligners is vital to maintaining the integrity of them, as well as promoting good oral health. To clean your Invisalign aligners:

  • Rinse your aligners every time you remove them, using cool or lukewarm water.
  • Gently brush the aligners with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste, avoiding hot water, which can warp the plastic. This regular cleaning helps prevent the buildup of bacteria, keeping your aligners and mouth fresh.
  • Store your aligners in their case in a cool, dry place while not in use. Do not store them in water.

What habits should I avoid to protect my Invisalign aligners?

To maintain the integrity of your Invisalign aligners, it's important to avoid consuming staining beverages like coffee and red wine while wearing them. Smoking should also be avoided when the aligners are in, as it can lead to discoloration. Additionally, chewing gum can stick to and damage your aligners, and eating hard or sticky foods might warp or crack your aligners. Keeping your aligners clear and undamaged is crucial for a discreet and successful teeth-straightening process.

Are special cleaning solutions recommended for Invisalign aligners?

Using Invisalign cleaning crystals, specifically formulated for cleaning teeth aligners, can greatly enhance their cleanliness. Alternatively, a gentle denture cleaner can serve as an effective solution. Soaking your aligners in these solutions helps remove tough stains and bacteria, but it's important to avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that can damage the aligner material. Regular use of appropriate cleaning solutions enhances the hygiene and longevity of your Invisalign treatment aligners.

How do I maintain oral hygiene with Invisalign treatment?

Maintaining oral hygiene during Invisalign treatment involves brushing and flossing your teeth before reinserting your aligners to prevent trapping food and bacteria. Regular oral hygiene is essential to avoid cavities and gum disease. Incorporating a fluoride mouthwash adds an extra layer of protection against tooth decay. Changing your aligners as directed by our New York, NY team is also important for maintaining oral health and the effectiveness of your treatment.

What if my Invisalign aligners get discolored or damaged?

If you notice any discoloration or damage to your Invisalign aligners, contacting Dr. Katz right away is crucial. She can assess whether a replacement aligner is needed to continue your treatment effectively. It's important to avoid attempting DIY repairs or adjustments, as these can hinder the effectiveness of your treatment. Regular inspections of your aligners for signs of wear and tear can help prevent bigger issues, and adjusting your care routine can help avoid future discoloration or damage to your Invisalign aligners.

A straighter smile and a healthy mouth

Proper care of your Invisalign aligners is a vital part of your teeth-straightening journey at Maison BE Dental Studio in New York, NY. Adhering to these guidelines and maintaining regular communication with Dr. Ellen Katz ensures a smooth and effective Invisalign treatment experience. For any concerns or additional information, don't hesitate to contact Maison BE Dental Studio. Your journey to a straighter, healthier smile is our priority, and we are here to guide you every step of the way.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.