The schedule for wearing your Invisalign retainer, or clear retainer, will dictate how often you need to clean it. You should clean your retainers the same way you would clean your Invisalign aligners if you are wearing them full-time at first. Once a day is enough for a retainer you only wear at night. Continue reading to discover 3 tips for cleaning your Invisalign retainers.

1. Use The Invisalign Cleaning System

Cleaning crystals are sold by Invisalign as part of their cleaning system. Invisalign aligners and retainers appear to be advertised as being easy to clean with this product. Those crystals work wonders if your aligners are discolored or stained, especially if you buy the Invisalign brand

Invisalign aligners and clear retainers should be removed and rinsed with water after cleaning with the cleaning crystals. Cover your retainer with lukewarm water, then place it in a container. Invisalign Crystals should be added to the container and shaken to dissolve. For about 15 minutes, let the aligners and clear retainers soak. Let your aligners sit in the container for another minute before rinsing them with water.


2. Use Retainer Cleaning Tablets

It is possible to use a denture cleaner and specialized retainer cleaning tablets. Clean your Invisalign retainer or aligner with retainer cleaner by placing it in a container and covering it thoroughly with warm water. In a water container, dissolve a retainer cleaning tablet by stirring it or shaking it. Then, rinse with water after soaking the retainer for 15 minutes, or however long is indicated on the package.

3. Distilled White Vinegar Works Wonder

The best way to keep Invisalign aligners and clear retainers clean on a budget are to brush them with a toothbrush and clear, liquid soap. In addition to being safe, white vinegar will remove plaque and bacteria from your aligners or retainers and deodorize. A container should be filled with 1 part distilled white vinegar and three parts lukewarm water. Put your aligners or retainers in the container, making sure the vinegar solution completely covers them. Then rinse your retainer well with water after letting it soak for 15 to 30 minutes.

Contact Us Today, Because Who You Choose Matters

If you’re looking for more information about how to clean your Invisalign retainers, contact us today! Our experts at Newton Dental Associates are more than happy to assist you throughout your Invisalign journey. We are a Top 1% Producer for Invisalign in the country. If you or anyone else you know is looking for Invisalign treatment, give us a call at (617) 965-0060, or fill out a contact form today. Who you choose to transform your smile matters, and experience contributes to the happiness and healthiness of your teeth. We are looking forward to working with you!


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