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!