Straightening your teeth with Invisalign gives you a gorgeous smile. The system solves many of the problems associated with traditional braces. They can enjoy their natural smiles while waiting for teeth straightening to occur. Invisalign works for all ages, from children to adults.
The company's branded system, Invisalign Cleaning Crystals, is the recommended method for cleaning Invisalign trays. If you are looking for a home solution, you can use distilled white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or baking soda.
This article explains how to clean your trays with or without using Invisalign's branded system.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign works by making a series of clear plastic trays or aligners that gradually change the position of a patient's teeth. It is a more gradual method than traditional braces and there are no painful adjustment sessions. Aligners change every one to two weeks.
The Importance of Keeping Trays Clean
The trays collect bacteria and keep them pressed against the teeth and gums. Thoroughly cleaning the aligners twice daily will keep them clean and your teeth healthy.
When you take out your aligners to drink or eat, you should rinse them thoroughly with lukewarm water. Hot water may damage the plastic.
Cleaning Methods for Trays
Here are four popular methods to clean your Invisalign trays. While the company recommends using its branded system, you can get excellent results from one of the home methods listed below.
Distilled White Vinegar
Mix half warm water and half distilled white vinegar. Make sure you do not use any other kind of vinegar since this will stain your trays. Soak them for 20 minutes, brush the trays and rinse well.
Hydrogen peroxide is another cost-effective method of cleaning Invisalign trays. Make a solution of half warm (not hot) water and half hydrogen peroxide. As with the vinegar, soak for 20 minutes and then clean your aligners as usual.
Use 1/2 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Mix well and soak the trays for an hour. Clean the trays as usual. You can do this twice a day. Do not scrub with baking soda.
Invisalign Cleaning Crystals
Put one packet of the crystals in a cup and mix with enough warm water to cover the trays completely. Soak the trays for 20 minutes, then rinse them with warm running water. Scrub gently and rinse again.
Invisalign and Good Hygiene
If you or your teenager uses Invisalign, you must keep the aligners clean. Otherwise, you could experience decay or staining. Invisalign trays shouldn't interfere with your oral health and wellness.
Following our recommendations will help your tooth straightening succeed. Ask a dental professional if you have any other questions.