Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign® Trays

Invisalign® trays are the top choice for removable aligners worldwide because they work faster than other aligners to straighten teeth. They’re transparent and easy to clean, and they don’t come with bouts of pain each time you get a new tray to fit your moving teeth.

However, because Invisalign trays are made from a type of plastic, they do come with their own set of challenges. Replacing damaged trays is expensive, so our team at La Michoacana Dental Clinic wants you to be informed about how you can take care of your Invisalign clear aligners. Read on to learn how to protect your investment.

Clean your trays each time you remove them 

Rinsing and soaking your trays with water alone isn’t enough to prevent bacteria from building up. Clear soaps are an excellent option because they don’t tint your aligners. Denture cleaners and the Invisalign cleaning crystals are also effective at keeping foul-smelling bacteria at bay.

While hot water is good at disinfecting, Invisalign trays are made out of a thermoplastic material that can warp when soaked in hot water. Avoid using hot water when cleaning your trays. Room-temperature water works best, as cold water can also damage the trays by causing them to contract.

Avoid eating and drinking while wearing your Invisalign trays 

Eating or drinking anything other than water can damage and stain your aligners. Food particles can also get stuck in your trays, and these particles can then transfer to your teeth and gums, leading to plaque and gingivitis. Remove your Invisalign trays when you eat or drink, and then clean them and your teeth before you put them back in your mouth.

Keep your Invisalign trays in their case when you’re not wearing them 

The Invisalign case protects your trays from bacteria and physical damage. Be sure to use the case when you remove your aligners. When you travel, remember to pack your tray case to keep the aligners away from anything that would distort the material from which they’re made. 

Floss and brush before putting your trays on 

When you wear your Invisalign trays, food particles stuck between your teeth don’t get washed away by your saliva. This can lead to a buildup of bacteria and plaque. The Invisalign system makes it easy for you to maintain good dental hygiene — you can easily brush and floss regularly without metal brackets and wires to work around.

Your Invisalign trays can also get stained and develop a foul odor if you wear them without brushing and flossing first. Keeping your teeth and your aligners clean ensures the best outcome, so make it a habit to brush and floss every time you remove the trays.


Are you interested in getting a straight smile with transparent Invisalign aligners? Contact us at either of our two Houston locations to schedule an appointment and get expert advice with answers to all of your Invisalign questions.

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