How to Clean Your Invisible Aligners

How to Clean your Invisible Aligners

How to Clean Your Invisible Aligners

Cleaning Your Aligners Is Much Easier Than You Think

Aligners are a great option for straightening your teeth. For one, they are typically less expensive than traditional teeth straightening options. Invisible aligners are also, as the name implies, more visual discrete compared to other choices.

Another great thing about invisible aligners is how easy they are to clean. If you are stressed about how to clean your invisible aligners, you can rest easy because the process is both simple and quick. The end result is that your aligners will be well-preserved and able to straighten your teeth with minimum fuss.

If you’re wondering how to clean invisible aligners, there is not one best way to clean them. Practically speaking, they are all easy. Here are some choices you have.


Use Cleaner

This is perhaps the easiest way to clean your aligners. All you have to do is get some aligner cleaner and add it to a cup of water. Then, take the aligner out of your mouth and put it into the cup of water.

Let them soak for 15 to 20 minutes. After that time, you will have clean aligners ready to put back into your mouth. While you might be skeptical, it really is that easy.


Baking Soda and Water

If you do not want to buy aligner cleaner, baking soda and water will achieve the same results. Baking soda is a known cleaning agent with antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. People will often use it as a substitute for mouthwash, so it is an effective way to clean dental appliances.

All you need is a tablespoon of baking soda and some water. Mix the baking soda in with the half cup of water. The soaking time is a little more than with aligner cleaner, but your aligner should be all clean and good to go in just about an hour.


Soap and Water

Liquid soap and water can also do the same job and will disinfect your aligner. All you need is a little bit of soap and 20 to 30 minutes of soaking time. Make sure that you rinse your aligner off well before you put it back into your mouth so that you don’t end up tasting the soap.


Choose Your Cleaner Carefully

While you have many choices of the type of cleaner to use, make sure that what you ultimately select is not an abrasive cleaner. The wrong type of substance can damage your aligner. For example, toothpaste has abrasive qualities, so you should not attempt to brush your aligner like you would your teeth.

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Comments ( 29 )

  • Glad

    Invisible aligners are a welcome development to using braces, and the tips you gave above to clean them are very easy to follow and understand. Thank you.

  • Oyeyipo Oladele

    Its good to get your teeth straightening done. While you have many choices of the type of cleaner to use, make sure that what you ultimately select is not an abrasive cleaner. Thanks for this health post.

    • Obalade Damilola

      Thanks for sharing..keeping your aligners clean is very important and your tips come in handy..thanks a bunch for posting

  • Meldred Judith

    Your braces should always be clean. You need to choose your cleaner carefully.

  • Anyi Lizeth

    I prefer to straighten my teeth with this aligner because that way I prevent my teeth from wearing out while sleeping due to movements of my jaw. This article is practical for cleaning.

  • Wilson Jake

    To those that uses invisible aligners, it is so easy to clean. At least they strengthen the tooth and remember never to use abrasive. It will destroy it

  • Prince

    The easiest way to clean your aligners is just removing it and placing it in a cut of water. Never use a strong detergent or chemical on it, remember it is still going into your mouth.

  • Alex

    While I never used these simpler terms braces. Keeping them clean is a must. After all it will be a disaster if we put something unsanitary in our mouths. Thanks for this,

  • AJ

    I wasn’t aware that there are so many ways to clean and get clear aligners without so much fuss. Thank you for sharing this wonderful article, I thought it would be harder to clean than traditional braces.

  • Roy

    Having clear aligners is not only healthy but aesthetically pleasing too. Great guide indeed and thanks.

  • Meg W

    I’m happy with the fact that clear aligners are less expensive compared to other teeth straightening solutions. This article does a great job of detailing how to clean them.

    • AlignerCo

      Yes clear aligners are more affordable than metal braces and the best part no one comes to know that you straightening your teeth.

  • Patricia

    The best way of keeping invisible aligners truly invisible is by cleaning them. Thanks for the helpful guide 🙂

    • AlignerCo

      It’s very important to clean your clear aligners daily. Your dentist/orthodontist may have instructed you how to clean the clear aligners. To get the desired teeth to result follow the following tips to clean them:

      · Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with the recommended toothpaste.

      · Now, softly brush the aligners thoroughly.

      · Wash them with clean pure water.

      Remember!!! If the aligners are not cleaned properly then they may become dull and won’t work as you planned. Make sure aligners and your mouth are cleaned whenever you put the aligners on and always store them in the provided carry case only when you are not using the aligners.

  • Oliver

    Nothing is as disgusting as dirty braces. Thanks for the detailed description of how to maintain them clean.

  • Daphne

    Baking soda and water is the best solution for having clean braces. It works very well fo me 🙂

  • Teddy

    Cleaners are a very effective way to get clear aligners. They are my number one solution.

  • Shantel

    To have truly invisible aligners of course cleaning them is extremely necessary. The methods listed are very effective and I recommend them.

  • Sylvia

    My go to method for clear aligners is to use professional cleaners. The other methods discussed here are effective too. Thanks for the helpful write-up.

  • houseofella

    With this enlightenment, cleaning of aligners is much more easier. Just clean!

    • AlignerCo

      Yes, it’s very easy to clean. Just remove it keep it in front of tap water wash it and wear it:)

  • Danielle M

    Great tips to clean invisible aligners, I would have never thought that soda could be this useful. I’ll have to try it.

  • Anderson

    I don’t like the idea of cleaning braces using soap and water. I prefer using baking soda.

    • AlignerCo Team

      Works either way!

  • Mery Castle

    It seems more aesthetic to have invisible aligners, because there are simpler people who do not like to be noticed aligners.

    • AlignerCo

      Yes, for sure. It is a god-send for those who are not comfortable with other people knowing about their teeth straightening treatment.

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  • Louis

    With teeth straightening comes the need to have clean braces. I usually prefer soap and water as they are easily accessible.

  • Storm

    Baking soda and water are the secret to clean braces. I highly recommend this for everyone.

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