When you receive new Invisalign aligners, you will notice that there is a slight powdery residue in them. That residue is a result of the sterilization and disinfection process that follows the manufacturing process. That powdery residue is harmless, but just to be safe it is better to wash the aligners thoroughly. That can be done using simple tap water.
There are many products available in the market to clean your Invisalign aligners. However, simple tap water and a soft brush usually do the trick. Simply wash your aligners when you take them off to eat and drink, and put them in their container. When you are done eating, brush and floss your teeth, wash the aligners and put them back in.
Do not use hot water and/or toothpaste because they can damage the aligners. Instead use cold water or tap water. Use a soft tooth brush and make sure you get the inside, the outside, and the places where you have any gaps between the teeth.
It is also important to keep your aligner container/case clean. The aligner will be spending a couple of hours in there every day, so it is important to keep it clean. When you rinse your aligner and place it in the case, it is still wet. The moisture and the air tight environment will encourage bacteria growth, so it is important that you keep the case clean and dry.
Rinse and dry the case daily, and use a paper towel to make sure it is clean. Do not use any chemical cleaners, either for your aligners or for your aligner case, without asking your dentist. Similarly, do not get confused by the abundance of cleaning chemicals and equipment online, it is best to ask our dentists and they will inform you of recommended methods.
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