5 Ways to Effectively Clean Your Invisalign Retainer and Case

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At Stehl Family Dental, we know that having an Invisalign treatment is a great way to get your smile looking its best, but it is important to take the time to clean your retainer and tray. Properly caring for your Invisalign aligner will help maintain the quality which in turn, can prevent dreadful odors from developing as well as bacteria buildup, staining, discoloration, and more.

So how do you properly clean your Invisalign retainer to ensure the best results?

How Often Should You Clean Your Invisalign Aligner?

You should clean your Invisalign retainers and trays at least once daily to keep them as sanitary as possible. After meals, it’s especially important to rinse off the aligner and tray with water to remove any pesky food residue that might get stuck in them.

How to Clean Invisalign Retainers

There are several ways you can effectively clean your Invisalign retainers to ensure your oral hygiene is up to par.

1. Use the Invisalign Cleaning System

The Invisalign cleaning system is designed specifically to clean and sanitize your Invisalign aligners while also removing any visible film or build-up. It uses a series of bubbling tablets that dissolve in either hot or cold water for optimal cleaning performance.

You can find this system on different websites and be able to easily clean your Invisalign retainers with this process.

2. Distilled White Vinegar

White vinegar is a natural antiseptic that can be used to clean any type of retainer. Fill a small container with distilled white vinegar and submerge the retainer for 15-20 minutes. Afterward, rinse it off with warm water and brush it gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove any remaining residue. 

To ensure the nasty taste and smell don’t linger, rinse the retainer thoroughly and multiple times if needed.

3. Retainer Cleaning Tablets

Retainer cleaning tablets are an easy way to sanitize your Invisalign retainers. Simply place the tablet in a bowl of water and let your retainer soak for 5-10 minutes. Afterward, rinse it off with warm water and brush it gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove any remaining residue. 

By taking the time to properly care for your Invisalign aligner, you can ensure that it will stay in top shape. Be sure to brush your teeth before and after wearing the aligner, and remember to clean it at least once a day for optimal results. This will help maintain its quality and ensure that your smile remains healthy.

Consult the Professionals at Stehl Family Dental For a Thriving Smile

If you have any questions about how to properly clean and care for your Invisalign retainers, contact the professionals at Stehl Family Dental. We are dedicated to helping our patients achieve beautiful smiles. 

We provide personalized care that helps each patient feel at ease and confident in their dental health.

Schedule a visit with us today to learn more about how we can help you look and feel your best with your Invisalign aligner!