Cleaning Invisalign Trays

Cleaning Your Invisalign Trays 

To maintain the clarity and effectiveness of your Invisalign trays, make sure to practice good oral hygiene. Brush and floss your teeth after meals before putting the trays back in your mouth. If you do not have time to or access to brush, please rinse your mouth with water to help remove food debris and brush when you are able to. 

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Can I use my toothbrush to clean my trays?

  • Brushing your Invisalign trays with a soft bristle toothbrush is essential for maintaining their cleanliness and clarity. The gentle bristles effectively remove food particles and plaque without scratching or damaging the plastic. Regularly brushing your trays helps to ensure a hygienic and discreet Invisalign treatment experience.

What can I use to clean my trays? 

  • When cleaning Invisalign trays, it is recommended to use clear soaps or clear mouthwash. Clear cleaning agents ensure that no colored dyes or pigments come into contact with the trays, preventing potential staining. Clear soaps gently clean the trays without leaving any residue, while clear mouthwash can help eliminate bacteria and maintain optimal oral hygiene during your Invisalign treatment.
  • It's best to avoid using toothpaste or denture cleaner, as they may cause cloudiness or damage to the trays' clear plastic. Instead, opt for specialized retainer cleaning tablets like Retainer Brite. These tablets are formulated to clean without harming the trays, effectively removing stains and bacteria, while helping to maintain their transparency and overall integrity.

What foods will stain my trays?

Avoiding foods that can stain your Invisalign trays is essential to maintain their clarity and keep your treatment discreet. Food and beverages can become trapped under your aligners and cause damage to your teeth and trays. Invisalign trays are made of clear plastic, and certain foods can leave unsightly stains or discolorations, making them more noticeable. Here's what to avoid:

  • Dark-Colored Beverages: Beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, and dark sodas contain intense pigments that can easily stain the plastic trays. If you can't entirely eliminate them, try drinking through a straw to minimize contact with your Invisalign trays.
  • Acidic Foods: Foods with high acidity, like citrus fruits and tomatoes, can weaken the plastic and make it more susceptible to stains. Additionally, acidic foods may cause discomfort or a burning sensation when in contact with the trays.
  • Sauces and Condiments: Some sauces and condiments, such as soy sauce, curry, and tomato-based sauces, have vibrant colors that can stain the trays. It's best to be cautious or remove the trays while consuming these foods.
  • Berries: While delicious and healthy, berries like blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are notorious for staining teeth and can do the same to your Invisalign trays. Rinse your mouth thoroughly after eating them and clean your trays promptly.
  • Tobacco Products: Smoking or using tobacco products can lead to both teeth and tray staining. Besides, smoking can negatively impact your overall oral health and slow down your Invisalign treatment progress.
  • Colored Candies and Sweets: Candies with artificial colors can stain your trays. Moreover, sticky sweets can get lodged in the trays, making it challenging to clean properly.
  • Curries and Turmeric: Foods containing turmeric, like curries and some Indian dishes, can stain not only your teeth but also your Invisalign trays. Limiting their consumption during your treatment is advisable.

Note: When eating or drinking please store your aligners safely in your Invisalign case.

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