Have you just started up your Invisalign treatment? They’re a great option for straightening your teeth but like any other retainer, they tend to gather up their fair share of bacteria. You’ll need to learn how to clean Invisalign retainers in order to keep your mouth clean and free from odor.

There are many little rules you’ll have to abide by to keep your retainer in good shape. For example, there are certain products you can’t use. They’re too abrasive and can destroy your Invisalign.

Keep reading for a list of products you can use along with a few more important Invisalign cleaning tips

1. Have a Morning and Night Routine

For your retainers to have their desired effect you will need to wear them while you sleep. During the night, bacteria will gather up on your retainers so you’ll need to clean them each morning.

Take them out, clean them, and then brush and floss your teeth before you put them back in. Repeat this same process each night before you go to bed as well.

2. Rinse Your Aligners When You Take Them Out

There are some instances when you can remove your retainers throughout the day. For example, when you eat and drink you shouldn’t be wearing them if you want to avoid stains.

Each time you take your retainer out, you want to head to a sink and rinse them off before putting them back in. If you want, you can use a soft-bristled brush and a little anti-bacterial soap and water to get rid of any stubborn build-up. If you do use soap, be sure that it’s clear and not scented.

3. Soak the Aligners Once a Day

To keep your aligners in top form, you should soak them at least once a day. You can use Invisalign cleaner or cleaning crystals for this purpose. Place a one retainer cleaner tablet in a cup of water and let your retainer sit for about 20 minutes.

Once you’ve soaked them for the recommended amount of time, use a soft-bristled brush to take care of any caked-on food. After they’re good and clear again, rinse them off with water and place them back in your mouth.

4. Other Products You Can Soak Them in

Don’t have a box of retainer cleaner handy? Don’t worry, there are other products you can use to make a quick alternative cleaning solution.

Soap and Water

You can use clear anti-bacterial liquid soap and water to clean your Invisalign. Squeeze the soap into a cup of warm water and mix it up until there are suds. Soak your Invisalign in the mixture for about 30 minutes.

When the 30 minutes is up, rinse your retainers and pop them back into your mouth.

Vinegar

Vinegar cleans about everything. Create a mixture that is one part white vinegar and three parts warm water. Let your retainers soak for 20 minutes and then take them out and rinse them off in cold water.

Baking Soda

Like Vinegar baking soda cleans about everything. Put an entire tablespoon of baking soda in half a cup of water. Let your retainer soak in the solution for a whole hour and then pull them out and rinse them off.

Peroxide

Create a solution that equal in both water and hydrogen peroxide. Drop your retainers in and let them soak for 30 minutes before you take them out. Rinse them as thoroughly as possible before you put them back in your mouth.

5. Brush and Floss Your Teeth Before You Put Them Back in

Make sure you never skip over the crucial step of flossing and brushing your teeth before putting your aligners back in. You still have to follow through with your normal dental hygiene steps to keep your mouth as clean and germ-free as possible.

If you don’t do this step before putting the retainers back in then problem food particles will get trapped against your teeth.

6. Don’t Leave Them Laying About

When you take your Invisalign retainers out to eat, don’t wrap them in a napkin or leave them lying in the open. If you wrap them in a napkin you may throw them away on accident for one.

For two, when you leave them lying out in the open, they become vulnerable to bacteria. Always put your retainers in their case when you’re not using them.

7. Things You Can’t Use to Clean Retainers.

Don’t use toothpaste or colored, scented soaps to clean your retainer. They will leave a lot of residue build-up on your aligners and discolor them. The main advantage of using Invisalign retainers is that they are discrete so discoloration is something you want to avoid.

Besides, scented soaps and toothpaste can make your retainer taste gross when you put it back in your mouth. Also something you want to avoid.

Stay away from harsh alcohol, bleach, and other abrasive cleaners. You want to let your trays soak in warm water, but not hot. If the water is too hot it will warp the shape of the trays.

How to Clean Invisalign Retainers and Keep Them Odor-Free

One of the most important parts of having Invisalign is learning how to clean Invisalign retainers. Not following the proper procedures can result in bacteria build- up on your teeth and problem odors.

Use some of these tips to keep your retainers clean without causing any scratches and discoloration.

Are you ready to get fitted for your Invisalign aligners? Contact us to schedule an appointment with us today.