How to Keep Your Invisalign Aligners Clean

Do you currently have Invisalign, or are you thinking about getting Invisalign someday? One of the most commonly asked questions about Invisalign is how do I keep my aligners clean? Today we are sharing our favorite tips, tricks, and products to keep your Invisalign aligners fresh all day and all night long.

Fortunately, you only have to wear your Invisalign aligners for one week now. In the past, the same aligners were worn for 2 weeks. But Invisalign has changed this and now you only ever have to wait one week to get brand new aligners, as long as you are wearing them the recommended amount of time each day. But it’s still important to keep your aligners clean daily to keep them clear and fresh.

Use a Toothbrush to Clean Your Invisalign Aligners

Every time you remove your trays, rinse them with water when possible. Clean your trays at least once a day. The easiest way to clean your trays is by using a soft-bristled toothbrush, clear anti-bacterial soap, and warm (not hot) water. Brush gently to minimize the risk of scratching your aligners.

We don’t recommend using toothpaste when brushing your aligners. Many toothpastes are abrasive and can cause micro scratches in your aligners that can create a breeding ground for bacteria.

Other Products to Clean Invisalign Aligners

When you start treatment with Invisalign, you will receive a few packets of cleaning crystals with your Invisalign kit. These crystals are a great way to keep your trays fresh and clean. After rinsing your aligners, place them in a cup and fill with warm water. Add a packet of cleaning crystals. Agitate the mixture for 20 seconds to dissolve and distribute the crystals. Let stand for at least 15 minutes, then gently agitate the solution again for 20 seconds. Rinse your aligners with warm water. If you run out of crystals, they are available for purchase if you prefer this method of cleaning.

White Foam is another product that is used not only to clean aligners, but that can help whiten your teeth while you are in Invisalign treatment. If you are looking to get the benefits of teeth whitening while you are already wearing Invisalign, this is a great option. This product also does not require soaking, and might be better suited for a busy, active lifestyle.

It isn’t necessary to spend money on additional products to keep your aligners fresh and clear, especially since you get to wear a brand new set once a week. But if you feel that daily cleaning with a toothbrush and soap isn’t getting your aligners as fresh as you would like, these other products might give you that extra freshness you are looking for. Don’t hesitate to contact our office with your questions or if you are interested in getting started on your journey to the smile of your dreams!

Meet Our Newest Team Member Jessica!

I have been in the orthodontic field for 7 years! I love coming to work and seeing beautiful smiles being created. There is nothing better than seeing someone get their braces off and loving their new smile! We have such a talented team at Share More Smiles, and the BEST patients!

I grew up in Snowflake Arizona, but have lived in Washington State, and Curacao in the Caribbean. In my spare time, I’m probably out in the woods! My husband, and our two sweet dogs, are usually camping, backpacking, hiking, kayaking, or fishing. I love to shoot archery, and travel as much as possible. We have huge families (My husband is the oldest of 11!) so that keeps us pretty busy! Our dogs are our kids. We’ve had our Dachshund mix, Slinky, for 7 years. Rosie the Mini Dachshund is 2, and always getting into trouble!

Announcing Our New Share More Smiles Baby

On June 10th, Dr. Moore’s first baby was born! Her name is Claire Elizabeth.  She was born at 4:57 pm, weighing 7 lb 1 oz and measuring 20 inches long. Isn’t she cute in her Share More Smiles onesie?

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She enjoyed meeting the Share More Smiles team at the office and was dressed for the occasion.

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Dr. Moore has enjoyed all the parenting advice he has received from many of our parents in the practice and looks forward to sharing more parenting adventures with all of you as time goes on.

Congratulations to the winner of our Baby Moore Contest, Caitlin! Caitlin won a $50 gift card for having the closest predictions about the birth of Dr. Moore’s baby.

Be on the lookout at the office and on our social media pages for our next patient contest. You could be our next winner!

Favorite Book Contest

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Tell us the name of your favorite book and why it’s your favorite book for a chance to win a $50 Barns & Noble gift card. Tell us on Facebook for an extra chance to win.

Contest ends on October 21, 2016.

Welcome to Share More Smiles!

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Welcome to our brand new website. We are so excited you decided to stop by! Here on the blog, we will be sharing information about all things dental, special events, and beyond. The purpose of our blog is to provide helpful tips on how dental and orthodontic services can help you lead an improved, healthier life, but it doesn’t end there. We are passionate about more than straightening teeth. We want to help others lead fulfilled lives just as beautiful as their smiles, and will be sharing stories that inspire us and tips we have discovered to help us lead better lives along the way.

There is a wealth of information on the subjects of dentistry and orthodontics out there. At Share More Smiles, we hope to facilitate our readers’ understanding of this information so you can ensure that you or your child realize the best outcomes possible from your treatment experience. Check back often for updates. Please leave a question in the comments section if you can think of a topic you would like us to address. Please share, take care, and above all, smile more!

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