Are you wearing Invisalign aligners? How long has it been since you started using them? You’ve probably noticed that they have accumulated some of the same debris, tartar, and plaque as your teeth. This is completely normal, as you expose your aligners to the same elements inside your mouth.
In time, your aligners will show some discolorations, staining, and may even be manifesting a foul odor (hopefully not, though!). If you’re concerned about these, we offer these simple tips to clean your aligners. With the right tools and technique, it will be easy enough for you to keep your Invisalign looking fresh and hygienic. Here are your cleaning options:
- Invisalign’s Cleaning System
- SonicBrite, Retainer Brite, and other similar cleaning products
- DIY or homemade cleaners
Invisalign Cleaning System
The makers of these state-of-the-art invisible aligners have produced their own line of cleaners, which contain prepackaged cleaning crystals that keep Invisalign aligners spotless and sterile. Contained in individual packets, these cleaning crystals make an excellent soaking solution when mixed with water that helps remove the plaque, bacteria, and other debris that are accumulated on the aligners.
This cleaning product is a bit pricey. This explains why many people opt for alternatives. Nevertheless, the danger of using another cleanser is the potential damage it may cause on the aligner’s aesthetics. Some people don’t mind, others want to keep their aligners in absolutely perfect condition, if they can.
The Invisalign makers warn that using another cleaner can produce a cloudy or dull appearance on the aligners. They also state that any damage affects only the look and not the function of the aligners.
Alternatives to Invisalign Cleaning System
Primarily picked for their lower costs, many patients opt for these different cleansers, both commercial solutions and do-it-yourself homemade preparations. These include SonicBrite, Retainer Brite, and substitute cleansers that can be found at home like vinegar, bleach, and hydrogen peroxide.
Popular alternative commercial brands like SonicBrite and Retainer Brite kill bacteria and erase the stain on your aligners. These are a more cost-effective option than the Invisalign Cleaning System. Denture cleansers can also be used to wash your aligners.
As a rule, you should never use mouthwash to clean your Invisalign aligners. However, you can use your toothbrush to scrub off the debris. Another thing you should bear in mind: always rinse off any soaking solution or residual cleanser that remains on your aligners before putting them back in your mouth.
Homemade, Do-It-Yourself Cleaning Solutions for Your Aligners
Many patients are interested in do-it-yourself, homemade cleaning solutions for being easy on the pocket, convenience, and availability. Each cleanser has its set of strengths and is good are addressing a particular problem.
Diluted Hydrogen Peroxide Solution: A 50:50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water contains useful anti-microbial properties. However, you can’t expect much from it at eliminating tartar.
Diluted Bleach Solution: Create a soaking solution by mixing 1 part bleach with 10 parts water. Leave your aligners in the mixture for 10 minutes to achieve its full antibacterial potential. This solution is also great for removing stains.
Diluted Vinegar Solution: Prepare an equal mixture of water and white vinegar. Short soaks are enough to remove the tartar off your aligners.
When brushing off the tartar or plaque accumulated on the aligners, use a soft-bristled toothbrush; as an alternative, you can use Q-tips.
If you want to learn more tips on how to clean your Invisalign, get in touch with Simister and Leaver Orthodontics. Feel free to contact us with your orthodontic concerns or to schedule an appointment. Call (702) 735-4169.