Many times, patients ask how to clean retainers or Invisalign aligner?
Invisalign is a great way to straighten teeth and improve dental health without the hassle of wearing traditional metal braces. Like all dental and orthodontic appliances, however, Invisalign retainers require proper care and upkeep to keep them invisible and free of bacteria.
Once you’ve begun wearing your Invisalign aligners, you’ll no doubt notice that the same debris (dental plaque and tartar) that tends to accumulate on your own teeth has started to build up on them too.
These few advices will help you to keep your retainers clean and fresh.
- Rinse your aligners when you remove them. Dry saliva and plaque create a perfect breeding ground for foul smelling bacteria.
- The best way to make sure your aligners are as clean as possible is to soak them in Invisalign cleaning crystals. After they are finished soaking, use an extra toothbrush that you don’t use for your teeth without toothpaste to brush off any lingering plaque or food particles and then rinse the trays before placing them back in your mouth. Brush your aligners gently. Vigorous brushing can scratch your aligners and leave visible etchings. Brush carefully!
- Brush and floss your teeth before reinserting your aligners. Proper oral hygiene is key to maintaining healthy teeth and avoiding cavities and decay. Since Invisalign is form fitted, failing to brush and floss properly can trap harmful particles between your teeth and aligner, which increases your risk for dental issues in the future.
- As a rule, avoid using any hard products or chemicals on your retainers.
You can drink water while wearing them, but nothing else. The trays are not built for chewing and can get damaged if you try to regularly eat with them in.
Keeping your Invisalign retainers clean is an easy and crucial part of your overall treatment. if you are uncertain about which method you should use to clean your Invisalign retainers, always ask your dentist. At Angel Orthodontics we can provide you with instruction on the best way to clean your aligners and retainers.