If you are someone who wears Invisalign® clear aligners, you know it is essential to keep them clean so your smile will stay bright and healthy throughout the duration of your treatment. If you are not following good oral hygiene practices, then you can run the risk of bacteria buildup and discoloration in your aligners. No one wants yellow, gunky aligners, so the good news is that with a few tips and tricks, managing proper aligner upkeep is easy!

The following are some ways you can help keep your aligners clean and clear of any bacteria or discoloration:

Brush Your Aligners

Gently brush your aligners with toothpaste. Continuing to keep aligners clean is instrumental to your oral health because they are in contact with your teeth for most of the day. Just remember to brush your aligners with a gentle hand as vigorous brushing can lead to scratches and visible etchings.

Brush and Floss Your Teeth

Before reinserting your aligners, you should always brush and floss your teeth. Failure to maintain proper oral hygiene can trap harmful particles between your teeth and aligners, which can increase your risk for dental issues in the future.

Rinse Your Aligners

Get in the habit of rinsing out your aligners when you remove them to eat, drink, and to brush your teeth. If this isn’t a common practice in your routine yet, strong smelling bacteria could start to form because of dry saliva and plaque buildup.

Soak Aligners

We also recommend that you soak your aligners using denture cleaner or Retainer Brite. This will help keep them sanitized and clear!

Keeping your smile bright is quick, easy and affordable, so just follow these tips to enjoy a healthy smile during your Invisalign treatment.