Invisalign Cleaning Crystals Guide
Invisalign Cleaning Crystals are a cleaning system designed specifically for Invisalign clear aligners and retainers. Dissolve crystals in water and soak your aligners daily for 15-30 minutes, for a thorough clean that leaves your aligners sparklingly clear.
The cleaning crystals are designed to kill the bacteria that causes plaque to grow on your teeth and aligners. Daily cleaning will keep your aligners fresh and prevent discoloration or bacterial growth. They work well for retainers, too!
You can buy Invisalign cleaning crystals through your orthodontist’s office, or order online.
What Are Invisalign Cleaning Crystals & How Do They Work?
Invisalign Cleaning Crystals are designed by the Invisalign brand for thorough cleaning and disinfecting of clear aligners and retainers.
They are specially formulated to kill bacteria growing on the aligners, and remove any plaque to keep them fresh and clean. Soak your aligners or retainers with Invisalign Cleaning Crystals daily for clean, fresh, and sparkling smiles. The formula is designed to clean both SmartTrack Invisalign clear aligners and Vivera Invisalign retainers.
To use them, rinse your aligners or retainers under warm water to remove any lingering debris. Fill a clean glass with warm water, and dissolve an individual package of Invisalign Cleaning Crystals into the water. Stir to dissolve. Add both aligners to the glass, and soak for 15-30 minutes. Rinse under running warm water before placing back in your mouth. You can also brush them gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush off any other residue on the aligners.
Invisalign Cleaning Crystals are entirely safe and designed specifically for cleaning clear aligners and retainers. they’re made of non-toxic materials that break down bacteria and dissolve plaque. They are clinically proven to keep your aligners clean and reduce discoloration and staining.
How To Use Invisalign Cleaning Crystals
- Remove your aligners or retainer from your mouth.
- Rinse them under warm running water to remove debris and wash off any excess saliva.
- Fill a clean glass or closed container with warm water.
- Dissolve one packet of Invisalign Cleaning Crystals into the water; stir to fully dissolve, or put cap on container and shake for several seconds.
- Drop both top and bottom clear aligners or retainers into the water and crystal mixture: make sure they are fully submerged.
- Let soak for 15-30 minutes.
- After they have soaked, remove the aligners. Rinse under warm running water.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently brush off any leftover plaque or build-up.
- Rinse your aligners under warm running water to wash off the cleaning solution. Wash the glass or cleaning container.
Use cleaning crystals daily to soak your aligners, for clean, healthy, fresh teeth, aligners, and smiles.
How Often Should You Use Crystals to Clean Invisalign?
You can use the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals solution to soak your aligners as often as twice a day, but once a day is a great regular solution to keeping your aligners clean.
You should rinse and/or brush the aligners whenever you put them back in your mouth, and be sure to store them properly when not in use. And brush your teeth twice a day and floss every night to keep food debris of other residue to stick on your teeth and gums.
Cleaning Crystals Alternatives
While Invisalign Cleaning Crystals are a specially-designed cleaning program for clear aligners are retainers, they are not the only cleaning solution. Because their patented formula means a slightly high price-tag, there are other alternatives that some patients may prefer.
Soak your Aligners in Denture Cleaner
Denture cleaner such as Polident are effective for cleaning Invisalign clear aligners and retainers. Soak top and bottom aligners for about 15-30 minutes and rinse thoroughly, brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove any excess residue.
Soak Aligners in Hydrogen Peroxide
Mix equal parts warm water and 3% hydrogen peroxide in a glass and soak your aligners for 15-30 minutes. Rinse and brush aligners.
Soak Aligners in White Distilled Vinegar
Use a combination of 3 parts warm water to 1 part white distilled vinegar and soak for 13-30 minutes. Rinse and brush aligners.
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