In 2019, the market for clear aligners also known as Invisalign® was worth over $2 billion. Considering that up to 75% of people around the world suffer from misaligned teeth, it’s no wonder invisible braces are so desirable. Clear aligners are a dream for people who want straight teeth but can’t stand the look and feel of traditional braces. What you may not know, though, is that stained Invisalign® can be just as embarrassing. That’s why we created this guide on how to clean stained Invisalign®.
From stain prevention to stain and bacteria elimination, we have you covered on all the things you need to know about keeping your clear teeth aligner trays in tip-top shape.
Ready to learn more? Then you better check out our tips because we wrote this one for you!
How to Clean Invisalign
Getting clear braces is a big investment. If you’re like most people, you know the cost is worth it to get the smile of your dreams. Yet, failing to keep your clear aligner trays clean can impact their effectiveness and decrease your return on investment.
Not only that, dirty or stained trays are unsightly. Because the trays are clear, any stains will show up as stains on your teeth.
Avoid these problems with the following cleaning instructions. We’ll also tell you how to remove stains from your invisible braces, so you better keep reading.
Soak Invisalign Trays Once Per Day
Did you know that you’re only supposed to wear your clear aligner 22 hours per day? Dentists and orthodontists recommend that you use those extra two hours to soak your trays. You can create a home soaking solution of warm water and hydrogen peroxide.
Soaking your Invisalign® trays once per day in this solution helps kill bacteria. Keeping your clear braces free of bacteria is critical to prevent bacteria buildup and ultimate oral infection.
Brush Invisalign Trays Twice Per Day
One of the best ways to prevent stained aligners is to brush them twice per day. Many Invisalign® wearers choose to brush their trays in the morning and at night since these are also the times most people brush their teeth.
Brushing your clear teeth aligners twice per day will scrub away any dried saliva or food buildup. That way, you won’t have to worry about getting bad breath from your trays.
How to Clean Stained Invisalign
Cleaning stains from your Invisalign® trays takes a little more elbow grease. Depending on whether you want a home remedy or not, there are two ways to clean your stained aligners.
The first method you can use at home. Create a solution of warm water and white vinegar, and leave your trays to soak for at least half an hour. After soaking, scrub the stain away with cold water and a soft toothbrush.
For the second method, you’ll need to obtain a professional soaking kit from your dentist. These kits include cleaning crystal solutions, which kill bacteria and eliminate stains at the same time. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions that come with your cleaning kit for stain-free trays every time.
Invisalign Stain Prevention
There’s a better way to keep your invisible braces stain-free. What is it? Preventing stains from accumulating on your trays is the best strategy for getting the most out of your Invisalign®.
Keep reading to discover our top three tips for keeping clear aligners clean and free of stains.
Brush and Floss Frequently
When you wear your clear braces without brushing your teeth, you risk the same plaque and gunk that builds up on your teeth building up on your trays. This is why it’s so important to brush and floss at least twice per day.
The American Dental Association recommends that everyone brush twice per day and floss once per day, not just people with clear teeth aligners. So, this a good habit to get into anyway.
Keep Trays Away From the Open Air
When you leave your clear aligner trays out in the open, you risk losing them. Worse, imagine the stains you’d have to deal with if something accidentally spills on your trays!
But there’s another reason you should avoid leaving your Invisalign® aligners out in the open air. Clear braces, when exposed to air, can dry out. Dried out trays are more difficult to fit in your mouth, leading to discomfort and even pain.
To avoid stained and dried out invisible braces, always put your trays in their case when you remove them. That means you should bring your case with you if you plan to remove your Invisalign® throughout the day.
Don’t Eat or Drink While Wearing Invisalign
The only thing you should put in your mouth while wearing your clear aligners is water. Chemicals, color additives, and certain textures in the foods and drinks you consume are bad news for your trays.
So, if you intend to eat or drink anything but H2O, you’ve got to remove your Invisalign® first.
Protect Your Investment by Keeping Your Clear Aligners Clean
You got invisible braces to invest in a healthier, more beautiful smile.
Make sure you protect your investment with these tips for cleaning and maintaining your Invisalign®. Keep this guide handy the next time you’re wondering how to clean stained Invisalign®.
Have more questions about keeping your clear braces in excellent shape? Willow Creek Orthodontics has locations in Glendale, Lone Tree, and Lakewood to serve you. Get in touch with us today and let us help you get the smile you’ve been dreaming of!