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5 Easy Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign Clear Aligners

If you’re looking for a way to straighten your teeth without wearing braces, Invisalign may be just the solution for you. These removable clear aligners correct crooked teeth in a fraction of the time that braces take. Plus, they’re translucent enough that onlookers shouldn’t even be able to tell you’re wearing them. However, not taking care of them could stain them to the point where they’re actually noticeable, or even damage them so badly that you need a replacement. This can add both extra time and cost to your overall treatment. To save you time and money, here are five easy tips for taking good care of your clear aligners.


Unlike braces, Invisalign doesn’t restrict your diet. You don’t have to avoid certain foods or cut others into smaller pieces. Simply take the trays out and enjoy the same nutritious food you’re used to.

The same holds true for your oral hygiene routine. Your brushing and flossing techniques shouldn’t change, but you will need to clean your teeth more often. Neglecting to brush and floss after eating and before putting your aligners back in could trap food particles and bacteria against your teeth, contributing to health issues like tooth decay and gum disease.


At least twice a day, clean your aligners with an Invisalign cleaning solution, retainer cleaner, or even a clear antibacterial hand soap. Just don’t use regular toothpaste since that could stain or wear down the material.


Unless you’re drinking plain water, take the aligners out of your mouth when eating or drinking. While sipping coffee with your aligners in might not damage them to the extent that biting an apple would, it could still leave stains behind. Not only that, but it could create an odor in your aligners, causing bad breath.


Even though it might not take long to eat or drink and brush afterward, you should always store them in their protective case during this time. Otherwise, you might forget where you put them, or they could fall and suffer damage as well as contamination from the floor.


Just because you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a vacation. However, make sure to bring your next set of aligners with you. If you don’t have them yet, ask your dentist about picking them up before you leave so that you stay on track with your treatment.

Taking good care of your aligners ensures your treatment gets finished in a timely manner, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of a straight smile that much sooner. If you’re interested in straightening your teeth with Invisalign, schedule a consultation with your dentist today!


Dr. Bryant Franz is a dentist in Denver who is a certified Invisalign Silver Service Provider. He enjoys helping patients achieve their healthiest and brightest smiles while also making the dental office environment as fun as possible. To learn more about the benefits of Invisalign treatment from a relaxed, caring dentist, visit Dr. Franz’s website or call (720) 943-7484.

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