How to Clean Your Invisalign Aligners


Need to Clean Your Invisalign Aligners? Learn How to Do it With Household Items

Cleaning your Invisalign aligners is easy and important: there are several methods to brush, rinse, or soak your aligners to keep them sparkling clean and fresh.

Keeping your aligners clean is an important part of your Invisalign treatment. While your orthodontist will design the treatment to properly align your teeth, you’ll be the one actually wearing the aligners. Proper compliance is critical to achieving a healthy, happy smile with Invisalign clear aligners!

There are various methods to clean your Invisalign aligners – you don’t have to stick to one method. In fact, the best way to protect your aligners is to brush them, rinse them, and soak them regularly.

Methods for Cleaning Your Invisalign Aligners

What Not to Use to Clean Invisalign Aligners

Don’t Scrub with Toothpaste

Toothpaste has special minerals and additives to protect the enamel of your teeth, but it can scratch the surface of your aligners, making them more noticeable and less effective. Instead, brush them gently with water and dish soap using a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Don’t Soak Aligners in Colored Mouthwash

Long-term soaking in colored mouthwash can cause discoloration of the aligners. It’s okay to douse them in mouthwash or swish mouthwash while wearing aligners but rinse your mouth and aligners thoroughly afterward. Or use a clear mouthwash, so as not to stain the trays.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cleaning Invisalign Aligners


How to Clean Your Vivera Retainers

Cleaning your Vivera™ retainers requires the same techniques as cleaning the aligners. Use retainer cleaning solution or denture cleaner (both available at your local pharmacy), Invisalign cleaning crystals, or brush your retainer with a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild dish soap to clean.

If the retainer eventually becomes discolored, warped, or misshapen, you can move on to a new retainer. Vivera™ retainers come as a package of 4 sets of retainers (8 total, top and bottom), so your retainers will last for years and protect your smile and the gains of your Invisalign treatment.

Be sure to store your Vivera™ retainer in its case when not wearing, to prevent damage or loss.