How to clean your Invisalign® aligners?

If you’ve made the choice to begin an Invisalign® orthodontic treatment, it’s imperative that you learn how to care for your aligners. Daily maintenance of your Invisalign® aligners is one of the keys to ensure the success of your treatment and minimize inconveniences. 


This crucial step should not be neglected. This is especially true for your oral health and the effectiveness of your smile correction process. 


The following article will help you learn how to care for your aligners during Invisalign® treatment.

Why is aligner maintenance essential?

Keeping them see-though 

One of the reasons patients choose Invisalign® treatment is for its transparent, removable aligners. These aligners are designed to be virtually invisible, but if your aligners become stained or scratched, they will become less discreet. Proper care will help maintain their transparency.

Avoiding oral health problems

Poorly maintained aligners can harbor bacteria and food debris. This can increase the risk of cavities, bad breath and other oral health problems. By keeping them clean, you help maintain good dental hygiene during your treatment.

Ensuring effective treatment 

Invisalign® aligners are designed to be worn 22 hours a day, to correct tooth alignment. By keeping them in good condition, you can ensure that your treatment runs smoothly and achieves optimum results.

Tips for maintaining Invisalign® aligners 

Cleaning your Invisalign® aligners is crucial to maintain impeccable dental health and avoid unpleasant odors. Here are a few cleaning methods you can implement to ensure proper maintenance:

Cleaning your Invisalign® retainer

After removing, rinse your aligners thoroughly with lukewarm water. Avoid hot water, as it may deform your aligners.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your aligners. Be careful not to use toothpaste, as it can scratch them. Warm water and mild soap may be sufficient for daily cleaning.


It is possible to invest in Invisalign® cleaning crystals specially designed for Invisalign® aligners. This type of product removes bacteria and stains, leaving your aligners clean and refreshed.

Brush and floss before putting them back in place

It’s essential to brush your teeth after every meal before putting your Invisalign® aligners back on. This removes food particles and bacteria from your teeth, reducing the risk of cavities, gum disease and bad breath. Clean, well-maintained teeth help optimize the results of your orthodontic treatment.

Keep your aligners in their case 

Extend the life of your Invisalign® aligners by keeping them carefully stored in their case. When you’re not wearing them, store them in a clean Invisalign® trays to protect them from damage. This can also prevent you from losing them. 


Daily care of your Invisalign® aligners is crucial to the success of your orthodontic treatment. By following these tips, you can keep your aligners in excellent condition, while ensuring the effectiveness of your treatment.


If you have any questions about the care of your Invisalign® aligners, don’t hesitate to contact the Sourire Concept dental clinic team! We’ll give you the advice you need, tailored to your specific situation.


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