Invisalign 101: How To Maintain Your Trays For A Beautiful Smile

Invisalign is a common choice for orthodontia and cosmetic dentistry. Nobody will be able to tell that you are wearing your Invisalign, giving you a lovely smile even before the treatment is over.

Invisalign trays still become dirty, no matter how good you are at taking them out to eat or drink. They also are liable to break or scratch if you are not careful. For this reason, you need to pay close attention to maintaining your trays.

Rinse Your Aligners Each Day

Simply running your aligners under water when you take them in and out is enough to help rinse away not only food and saliva, but also growing bacteria. You can also use anti-bacterial soap on your aligners to keep them free of bacteria.

If you do wash your aligners, make sure to avoid toothpaste. You can use a brush (lightly) on the aligners but refrain from using paste. Anything with color can even stain aligners, detracting from their ability to be invisible. Additionally, make sure that you never soak your aligners in mouthwash, which also stains them.

Brush Your Teeth

You also need to continue brushing your teeth two or three times each day. Don't forget to floss so that you can cut out all the plaque and bacteria that build up after eating and then wearing aligners.

You can also brush your aligners. When you do brush, make sure to do with a soft-bristled brush. Being too hard with your aligners could lead to scratches that seem very apparent when you are wearing them.

Watch What You Eat

Foods in rich colors not only stain your teeth, but they can also stain your aligners. You must rinse out your mouth, brush, and floss before inserting the trays again. Failing to will trap bacteria between your teeth and the trays straightening them.

Of course, you should never eat or drink anything but water while you are wearing your aligners. Otherwise, you run the risk of trapping food in the aligners and ultimately risking your treatment's success.

Travel with a Case

Accidents happen, but this does not mean you miss out on dental care. Protect your trays from breaking, even when you have them out for a short amount of time, by placing them in the aligners as necessary. Additionally, aligners are protected from bacteria when they are inside the tray.

Do you still have questions about maintaining your Invisalign trays? Speak with your dentist about everything you need to know about maintenance for your new smile. You can also check out a website like for more information!