To keep your aligners clean, clear, and odor-free, you have to care for them carefully including cleaning and storing. If you do not clean your aligners after you remove them, they will get a buildup of bacteria and the aligner will discolor.
You can clean your aligners using a soft toothbrush and water, this will keep your aligners clear. Do not use toothpaste to clean your Invisalign, toothpaste can create micro-abrasions that will lead to your aligners looking cloudy and dull. Other oral hygiene products to avoid include denture cleaners and mouthwash because these products can damage the aligners and make them look a bit yellow.
- Be sure to rinse your aligners any time you remove them: Dry saliva and plaque create a perfect breeding ground for foul-smelling bacteria.
- Remember to brush and floss your teeth before reinserting your aligners: Proper oral hygiene is key in maintaining healthy teeth and avoiding cavities.
- Brush your aligners gently: Vigorous brushing will lead to scratches on your aligners and leave visible etchings. Brush carefully!
- Do not eat or drink (anything but water) while wearing Invisalign. Many foods and drinks can stain or discolor your aligners.