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Cleaning Your Invisalign Clear Aligners With Cleaning Crystals

by Sacks Orthodontics

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12/16/20

What are Invisalign cleaning crystals?

Invisalign crystal packets are used to dissolve plaque and kill bacteria that may be growing on your Invisalign trays. The Invisalign crystal packets are formulated to sanitize your trays during everyday use. Bacteria can get trapped in the crevices and cause plague and other issues if not cleaned thoroughly every day. They are completely safe and are specifically made to clean and disinfect your aligners. They are made of safe compounds and are clinically proven to prevent discoloration, staining, and odors from building up.

What Is the Best Way to Clean Your Invisalign?

It would be best to start rinsing your trays under warm water to rinse off any leftover food or drink residue. Hot water is prohibited from using on the aligners because it could permanently damage your aligners. Fill the cup with enough water to submerge all components that need to be cleaned. Put the packet of the cleaning crystals into the cup and stir well. Lastly, put your trays in the solution and let them soak for about 15 minutes and rinse again under warm water. Use a soft-bristle brush to scrub the trays to get rid of any hidden or leftover debris from the soaking session. It is not recommended to brush your teeth with regular toothpaste because it can scratch and damage the aligners. Rinse and leave to dry.

How Often Should I Use Invisalign Cleaning Crystals?

Aligners should be cleaned at least once a day, but twice is preferred to prevent them from changing color or having a bad odor. They should be treated just like teeth and cleaned often, especially after eating and drinking. Basically, any time you have to take them out, you should brush them or rinse them. If you ever misplace or drop your aligners, you should definitely clean them before putting them in your mouth. Some people like to use alternative solutions for cleaning, but denture solutions, for example, can cause the aligners to turn yellow; therefore, they are not the best options. Clear antibacterial soap is another good option for cleaning your aligners. Do not use colored soap because it can change the color of your aligners.

Where Can You Buy Invisalign Cleaning Crystals?

Invisalign cleaning crystals and special cups are available online on many websites like Amazon, invisalignaccessories.com, and at your local dentists' office.

Important Tips

  1. Always floss your teeth because this plays a big part in oral hygiene as well as keeping your aligners clean and bright.
  2. Make sure your aligners are in the case provided when not in use to prevent unnecessary damage and bacterial buildup.
  3. Frequent rinsing of your aligners is very beneficial because it keeps them clean.
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