How to Clean Your Invisible Aligners

Cleaning Your Aligners Is Much Easier Than You Think

Aligners are an excellent option for the straightening of your teeth. For one, they are typically much affordable than the traditional teeth straightening options. Invisible aligners are also, as the name implies, more visual discrete compared to the other choices.

You must follow a regular cleaning routine for your aligners. Clean your aligners every time you remove them from the mouth.  The basic cleansing process of aligners include:

  • Rinsing your aligners thoroughly after removing.
  • Brushing the aligners with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a mild, clear liquid soap. Avoid using the toothbrush that you use to brush your teeth. 
  • Rinse the aligners properly after brushing to get rid of the soap.
  • The aligners are ready for use again.
  • Store the aligners in a protective case in case you are not using them.

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 will be more comfortable after reading this blog because the process is very simple and quick. The end result is that your aligners will be well-preserved and able to straighten your teeth with the minimum fuss.

If you are wondering how to clean invisible aligners, there is not only one best way to clean them. Practically speaking, they are all easy. Here are some of the 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, remove the aligner from your mouth and put it into the cup of water.

Let them soak for 15 – 20 minutes. After completion of 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 don’t want to buy aligner cleaner, baking soda and water will achieve the same results. Baking soda is a well-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 with a 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.

What cleansers should you avoid?

Not every cleanser is gentle on the aligners, some of them are harsh and can damage the aligners. The following should be avoided for cleaning the aligners:

  • Denture cleaners
  • Mouthwashes as they consist of alcohol
  • Scented or strong smelling soaps
  • Toothpaste
  • Cleansing soaps with dyes

Choose Your Cleaner Carefully

While you have many choices among the type of aligner cleaners to use, make sure that the one 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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Nall, R. M. (2020, October 19). How to Clean Invisalign: Do’s, Don’ts, and Best Practices. Healthline.

Villines, Z. (2021, March 8). 8 tips for cleaning a retainer. Medical News Today.

32 thoughts on “How to Clean Your Invisible Aligners

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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,

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

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

  11. 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.

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

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

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

  15. cleaning your aligners ensure that your hands are clean and handle only one aligner at a time. They are more convenient

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

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

  18. 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.

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

  20. Good ol’ soap and warm water works perfectly for me. No need to do anything fancy to clean the clear aligners.

  21. What about denture cleaner tablets? That’s what I used to clean my retainer in, I was just curious if this would be harmful to the plastic, I would assume it probably would.

  22. Dear Kasper,

    Thank you for your comment, we do advise to clean your retainers under the running tap water at room temperature, you may use denture cleaning tablets, but please make sure to rinse them thoroughly with water.

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