How to Keep Your Invisalign Retainers Clean & Bacteria-Free

Invisalign retainers are a great option to straighten your teeth without the hassle of wearing conventional metal braces. If you are not cleaning your Invisalign retainers daily, they can become dull, dingy or discolored.

Here Are Few Tips To Keep Your Invisalign Retainers Clean And Germ-Free Throughout Your Treatment:

Every time you remove your Invisalign aligners, make sure you rinse them with cool water to prevent the buildup of saliva and bacteria. You can avoid losing or damaging your aligners by storing them in their respective containers.invisalign retainer

Before you reinsert your retainers make sure you brush and floss your teeth thoroughly. To maintain your oral hygiene, preserve your dental health at all cost and try to avert food particles from getting trapped between your aligner and teeth.

Use your toothbrush and gently brush your Invisalign retainers with lukewarm water. Do not brush your Invisalign retainers too hard because it can create unwanted, visible etchings and damage your trays.

How To Clean Your Discolored Invisalign Retainers?

Before using any kind of cleaning products on your Invisalign trays, it is always better to consult with your dentist. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and lukewarm water so that your aligners can be easily cleaned. You can also keep your aligners free of germs by using an anti-bacterial soap. One more safe and effective technique to dissolve debris and plaque from your containers is by using a homemade vinegar solution mixed with water.

You can also use products such as Retainer Brite, and the official Invisalign cleaning crystals for keeping your trays clear and sanitized.

What Are The Cleaning Products And Techniques One Must Avoid?

Never consider using any harsh chemical or products on your retainers. Apart from damaging your aligners, they will also be harmful to your health. It is best to avoid the following products and cleaning methods:

  • Your retainer’s surface may become dull or develop scratches when abrasive toothpaste like whitening agents are used.

  • Denture cleaners are too harsh. They can make your aligners look dull. Since they are abrasive, they can make your aligners more visible when they are worn.

  • Do not soak your retainers in colored mouthwash because it might develop stains or tints on your retainers.

  • Both alcohol and bleach are extremely abrasive and might result in damaging your retainers.

  • Using hot water to sterilize your Invisalign trays is never a good idea! As Invisalign retainers are highly sensitive to heat, there are chances hot water may distort them, resulting in them not fitting properly.

Keeping your retainers clean throughout your Invisalign treatment is very important. In case you are facing difficulties in keeping your aligners clean, allow the dentists at Lygon Family Dental to assist you. We will provide you with appropriate instructions on what are the best ways to clean your aligners so that they always remain fresh and free of bacteria and debris. Call us today at (03) 99390323 or send us an email at

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