How to care for your Invisalign Aligners?

Proper care is necessary for effectiveness. Invisalign aligners offer a discreet way to straighten teeth without traditional braces. We'll provide easy tips to help maintain them for a healthy smile.  

What are Invisalign aligners?  

Invisalign aligners are a discreet and comfortable way to straighten your teeth. Unlike traditional braces, they're customized to fit your teeth and can be removed. This makes them ideal for busy individuals who want to avoid braces' discomfort and dietary restrictions. Take care of them properly for successful treatment.

Why is it important to care for your Invisalign aligners?   

To keep your Invisalign aligners working correctly, take good care of them. Clean them regularly to prevent bacteria and plaque buildup, which can cause oral health issues and prolong your treatment. You can maintain your aligners and achieve a healthy smile by following simple steps.

How to clean your Invisalign aligners?  

Cleaning your Invisalign aligners is essential to maintaining oral health and ensuring your treatment progresses smoothly. You can do the following things to clean your Invisalign aligners:  

  • Rinse your aligners: When you remove them to eat or drink, rinse them with lukewarm water to remove debris. This will help prevent bacteria buildup that can lead to bad breath or discoloration of your aligners.  
  •  Brush your aligners: Maintaining the cleanliness of your aligners
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  •  is crucial. To achieve this, it's recommended that you utilize a soft-bristled toothbrush combined with a clear, mild antibacterial soap or Invisalign cleaning crystals. You should follow this regimen twice daily in the morning and evening. Avoid using toothpaste, as it can scratch the surface of your aligners and create a breeding ground for bacteria.
  •  Soak your aligners: Soaking your aligners in a cleaning solution such as Retainer Brite or Invisalign cleaning crystals can help remove any bacteria or plaque buildup that brushing alone may not remove. Follow the cleaning solution packaging instructions and rinse your aligners thoroughly before wearing them again.  
  •  Avoid hot water: Hot water can warp your aligners, so only use cool or lukewarm water when cleaning them.  

To ensure a flawless Invisalign treatment, follow these simple steps to keep your aligners clean and clear. If you have concerns about cleaning your aligners, seek advice from your orthodontist or dental provider. 

What to avoid when cleaning Invisalign aligners?  

To prevent damage to your Invisalign aligners, it's essential to know what to avoid when cleaning them. Following are some tips to keep in mind: 

  • Toothpaste: Avoid using toothpaste to clean your aligners, as it can be abrasive and scratch the surface, making it more challenging to clean and creating a breeding ground for bacteria.  
  •  Hot water: Hot water can warp your aligners, making them less effective and potentially causing discomfort when wearing them. Use only cool or lukewarm water when cleaning your aligners.  
  •  Colored or scented soaps: Avoid using colored or scented soaps to clean your aligners, as they can stain or discolor them.  
  •  Alcohol-based products: Do not use alcohol-based mouthwash or cleaning products on your aligners, as they can damage or discolor them.  
  •  Abrasive materials: Do not use abrasive materials such as hard-bristled toothbrushes or abrasive cleaning products to clean your aligners, as they can scratch or damage them.  

How to Store Your Invisalign Aligners?  

Properly storing your Invisalign aligners is essential to care for them during orthodontic treatment. Here are some tips for keeping your aligners:  

  • Use the case provided: Invisalign aligners come with a case designed specifically to store them when not in use. Use this case to keep your aligners safe and clean.  
  •  Keep the case with you: Always Carry it with you so that you have a safe place to store your aligners when you remove them to eat or drink.
Invisalign Aligners
  • Avoid leaving them out in the open: Leaving your aligners out in the open can expose them to bacteria, dust, and other particles that can harm them and reduce their effectiveness.  
  •  Keep them from heat: Do not expose your aligners to heat; it can warp them and reduce their effectiveness.  
  •  Keep them out of reach of pets or small children: Invisalign aligners are small and can be easily swallowed or chewed by pets or small children, which can cause harm to them.  

Tips for wearing Invisalign Aligners   

Here are some suggestions for wearing Invisalign aligners:  

  1. Wear your aligners as directed: To ensure successful alignment of your teeth, it's crucial to wear them for 20-22 hours per day and replace them with new ones as instructed by your orthodontist. 
  2.  Keep your aligners clean: Clean your aligners regularly with a gentle, precise, and non-abrasive soap or cleaning solution designed explicitly for Invisalign aligners.  
  3.  Brush and floss your teeth regularly: After every meal, brush and floss your teeth to prevent food particles from getting trapped in your aligners.  
  4.  Remove your aligners when eating or drinking: To prevent staining or damage to your aligners, it's best to take them out when consuming anything other than water. 
  5.  Avoid certain foods and drinks: Avoid eating or drinking anything that could stain or damage your aligners, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and hard or sticky foods.  
  6.  Use orthodontic wax if needed: If you experience any irritation or discomfort from your aligners rubbing against your cheeks or lips, you can use orthodontic wax to provide a protective barrier.  
  7.  Keep your aligners in their case: Store them when you are not wearing them to prevent damage or loss.  
  8.  Stay on schedule: Keep all your appointments with your orthodontist and follow their instructions for the best results.  

How to handle discomfort with Invisalign aligners?   

It's normal to experience discomfort when wearing Invisalign aligners as your teeth shift into new positions. You can try the following tips to relieve the pain:  

  • Take a pain reliever: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen can help relieve any discomfort you may be experiencing.  
  •  Use a cold compress: To alleviate swelling and discomfort, use a cold compress on your cheeks. 
  •  Stick to a soft diet: Eating soft foods, such as soups, smoothies, and mashed potatoes, can help ease any discomfort you may be experiencing.  
  •  Practice good oral hygiene: Brush and floss your teeth regularly to keep your mouth clean and prevent further discomfort.  
  •  Use orthodontic wax: If you experience any irritation or discomfort from the edges of your aligners rubbing against your cheeks or lips, you can use orthodontic wax to provide a protective barrier.  
  •  Follow the recommended wear schedule: It's essential to follow the recommended wear schedule provided by your orthodontist. Wearing your aligners as directed can help minimize discomfort and ensure effective treatment.  


Proper care for your Invisalign aligners is essential for keeping good oral health and ensuring the effectiveness of your treatment. Cleaning your aligners, storing them properly, and avoiding certain foods and activities can help prevent damage and discomfort.  

Furthermore, if you experience discomfort or have concerns about your Invisalign aligners, don't hesitate to contact your orthodontist or dental provider for guidance and advice. By following these tips and taking care of your aligners, you can achieve the beautiful, straight smile you've always wanted.

Contact your Danville dentist, Dr. Hoss Abar, DDS, MSD at Danville Orthodontics, to know more about Invisalign Aligners.


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