While undergoing orthodontic treatment with Invisalign braces, it is important to make sure that you keep the aligners clean. There are a few different methods you can use for keeping your aligners in good shape.
One of your options for cleaning your aligners is to purchase the cleaning crystals that are sold by Invisalign. You simply add these crystals to water and they help remove the accumulated dental plaque from your aligners. While Invisalign recommends using their cleaning crystals, there are other methods that you can also use. For instance, you can use cleaning solutions that have been made to clean retainers or dentures.
You can also utilize a variety of household methods. A toothbrush is more than capable of cleaning your aligners, but you will want to avoid using toothpaste with it. Most toothpastes contain abrasive elements that can ruin your aligners. That is why it is recommended to use a few drops of mild dishwashing detergent instead. For best results, use a separate toothbrush than the one you use to brush your teeth. And no matter what you do, make sure to avoid using heat or hot liquids to clean your aligners, as heat can bend them out of shape.