There are many benefits of choosing Invisalign over traditional braces. The clear aligners are virtually undetectable and often allow you to complete orthodontic treatment faster and with more confidence. But sometimes the aligners can get stained, and when that happens, it can be noticeable. How can you keep your invisalign clean?
- Avoid Using Toothpaste or Mouthwash
Toothpaste, especially whitening toothpaste, can be abrasive. It’s designed to scrub off stains on your teeth. Harsh abrasives can scratch your aligners. You may not be able to see the tiny scratches with your eyes, but they attract stains. Although some people attempt to soak their aligners in mouthwash to freshen them up, the color of the mouthwash can stain aligners. For the best results, use a cleaning product that is designed for Invisalign or that is approved by your dentist.
- Don’t Eat, Drink, or Smoke with Them On
Maintain good oral hygiene while wearing Invisalign
Maintain good oral hygiene to keep your Invisalign clean.
If you choose to smoke, remove your aligners first. You should also be aware that some vaping fluids will cause stains too. The best practice is to remove the aligners anytime you’re putting anything in your mouth other than water
- Try Baking Soda
Baking soda is not as abrasive as toothpaste and can sometimes be used to remove stains from Invisalign aligners. Mix a small amount of baking soda with warm water and brush it onto the aligners with a soft toothbrush. Rinse well.
- Keep Your Teeth Clean
Food residue and bacteria on your teeth can transfer onto your aligners. Brush and floss your teeth before you put your aligners back in. If you’re unable to do so, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.
- Gently Soak the Aligners
If you don’t have an Invisalign cleaning kit, you can use household items to soak them.
- A 50/50 mix of hydrogen peroxide and warm water can help loosen light staining.
- Or, mix a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and warm water.
- Don’t leave the aligners in the solution for more than 10-20 minutes, because the acid in the vinegar can damage the aligners.
Meet with an Atlanta Invisalign Provider
If you are interested in orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, Dr. Debra King is an experienced Atlanta Invisalign provider. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and customizes treatment plans based on the needs of each patient. Her training and experience will help determine if Invisalign is right for you, or if you can benefit from alternatives, such as instant orthodontics.
Our patient’s photos below show how Invisalign achieves dramatic results.