Shadow Valley Dental Group is proud to offer our patients one of the most in-demand cosmetic dental services in Ohio. Invisalign is an effective way to straighten teeth and a comfortable, discreet alternative to traditional metal braces. As you progress through your Invisalign treatment, Dr. Hasty will provide you with multiple sets of aligners to adjust your teeth into perfect alignment. The aligners should be switched out every two weeks to gradually straighten your teeth, but during the time that you’re wearing a given set, it’s critical to take care of it properly. This blog will help to explain how to clean Invisalign aligners.
Invisalign Cleaning Options
There are several ways to keep your Invisalign aligners clean and bacteria-free. Here are a few of our top recommendations:
- Invisalign Cleaning System – Invisalign offers a cleaning system that includes special cleaning crystals to remove plaque from your aligners. Simply soak the Invisalign aligners in the solution to for 15 minutes a day to keep them cloud-free, odor-free, and hygienic. Purchase the Invisalign Cleaning System Online.
- Store-Bought Cleaning Solutions – Take a stroll down the oral health aisle at your local supermarket and you should be able to find several cleaning solutions for Invisalign aligners and retainers. Mouthwashes and denture tablets can also help to clean aligners.
- Brush with a Toothbrush – One of the easiest and least expensive ways to clean Invisalign aligners is by simply brushing the set with regular toothpaste and a soft bristled toothbrush each night.
- Homemade Soak – There are several cleaning solutions that you can easily make at home. Mix equal parts white distilled vinegar with water and let your aligners soak for up to 30 minutes. The vinegar effectively kills germs, however the taste is not ideal and it will not prevent plaque buildup. Alternatively, you could mix equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide and soak for at least 30 minutes. This solution kills some bacteria, but is not highly effective at removing plaque.
Contact Shadow Valley Dental Today!
If you have questions about how to clean Invisalign aligners or would like to learn more about our cosmetic dental services, contact us today!
1574 Henthorne, Suite A
Maumee, OH 43537