Keeping Your Invisalign Trays Clean

Invisalign is a great orthodontic option for many reasons. Most people who choose Invisalign do so because the clear trays are significantly less noticeable than traditional metal braces. To fully reap this benefit (and prevent oral decay), you’ll want to keep all of the pieces of your Invisalign system clean. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to help you maintain clear Invisalign trays and that winning smile!


“Clean” Eating

One of the most convenient things about Invisalign is the fact that you can remove your trays when you need to. In order for your treatment to stay on track and remain effective, you do need to wear your trays for at least 22 hours per day. The other two hours are for eating meals and cleaning your trays.

It is very important to remove your trays anytime you eat or drink anything besides still water. Even a few sips of coffee or tea can significantly stain your trays. This means you will have to plan ahead for your meals, snack, and beverages a little more than usual. You’ll also want to make sure that you clean your teeth thoroughly after eating or drinking anything so that food particles do not get trapped under your tight-fitting trays, where they can cause serious damage to your teeth.


Keep Your Teeth Clean

Putting your trays on over teeth that aren’t clean can cause big problems! To prevent cavities, bad bacteria buildup, and tray staining, be sure to thoroughly brush, floss, and rinse your teeth after eating and before putting your Invisalign trays back in. This will ensure that no leftover food will stain your trays with strange colors, and will also keep your teeth in good condition throughout your treatment. Check out our guide to Invisalign to check out more tips and information about getting the most out of your clear aligners.


Commit to a Frequent Deep Cleaning

It is a good idea to at least brush your Invisalign trays with a clean toothbrush whenever you remove them to eat. Be sure to use lukewarm water, as hot water can permanently warp the plastic! You can use the Invisalign brand cleaning system to maintain your trays, as well as many of the products created for denture cleaning. Cleansing your Invisalign trays frequently and thoroughly will keep them sanitary and clear, while also preventing any funky scents!


Caring for your Invisalign system is a lot of responsibility, but as long as you stay committed to a solid maintenance routine the results will be worth it! If you have any other questions or concerns about what Invisalign is, please schedule a consultation with us today!