Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners to straighten teeth. To keep your aligners in top condition, it's important to clean them regularly. But what cleaners are safe to use? In this article, we'll explore the best ways to clean your Invisalign aligners and retainers. The simplest and safest way to clean your Invisalign aligners is to mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a bowl and stir well.
Hydrogen peroxide is an effective disinfectant that will help keep your aligners clean and free from bacteria. Invisalign also sells a product called Steraligner, which contains isopropyl alcohol and baking soda, a natural antiseptic. Distilled white vinegar is another great DIY retainer cleaner. Not only is it safe to use, but it can also help remove plaque and bacteria buildup.
If you're looking for a less expensive and more accessible alternative, these ingredients are similar to those found in products used to clean retainers (but not denture cleaners). When cleaning your Invisalign retainers or aligners with a retainer cleaner, place the device in a container and cover it completely with warm water. An ultrasonic cleaner uses cleaning solutions to clean the smallest areas of the retainer for comprehensive results. After brushing your teeth with a toothbrush and clear liquid soap, making a homemade cleaner is the best way to clean Invisalign's clear aligners and retainers quickly and easily. To ensure your aligners stay clean between deep cleanings with an ultrasonic device, be sure to rinse them before placing them back in your mouth.
Additionally, you should brush your Invisalign aligners or transparent retainers regularly with a toothbrush and clear liquid soap. Finally, you can soak your trays daily in Invisalign cleaning crystals or a denture cleaner for an extra deep clean. This will help keep your aligners looking their best.