5 Tips to Keep Your Invisalign Clear Aligners Clean

5 Tips to Keep Your Invisalign Clear Aligners Clean

Many of your Perth neighbours elect to have some form of cosmetic dental work to correct a crooked smile. With today’s advanced technology, there are multiple options available. At the Smile Design Studio, we offer the popular orthodontic procedure, Invisalign.

Invisalign is a proven cosmetic dental procedure that corrects the orientation of your teeth through multiple sets of almost invisible plastic aligners. Each aligner is slightly tighter than the last and gradually moves your teeth into the desired alignment.

Whenever you come in to see us for your scheduled check-up, we’ll check the progress of your teeth. We know how much they should be moving and what the final result will look like.

Your aligners are nearly invisible to all but the closest observers, so your teeth will get nice and straight without becoming insecure about how you look as you might with traditional braces.

These clear aligners are smooth so that they don’t rub against your cheeks and gums when you’re wearing them.

Brush with Care

When cleaning your aligners, just brush them like you would brush your own teeth. Just don’t be too rough on them. Don’t forget to clean your own teeth as well every morning and before going to bed.

Don’t use toothpaste when you brush your aligners because it could end up scratching the plastic material. Use a soft toothbrush with plenty of water and liquid soap and gentle movements whenever you clean your aligners.

Put Aligners on Clean Teeth

Whenever you take your aligners out to eat or drink, please clean your teeth before putting them back in. Bits of food and bacteria can get stuck on your teeth. If you put your aligners back on over all this stuff, you’re going to have stinky breath, not to mention be at risk of gum or teeth issues.

If there’s no way you can brush your teeth, at least rinse out your mouth with water before you put your aligner back in. Brush your teeth as soon as you get a chance.

Store in a Safe Place

If you tend to take out your aligners and leave them on the table, this could lead to bacteria gathering on your aligners. Make sure to rinse your aligners after taking them out then put in a glass of water or case until you’re ready to put them back in your mouth.

Keep Them Away from Pets

Don’t laugh, we’ve heard many stories of how the family dog picked up a retainer and buried it in the garden. It should be common sense, and you’ll only make the mistake once!

Keep Away from Stains

To avoid staining, it’s best to take out your aligners whenever drinking or eating. Drinks like coffee, tea, soft drinks, and red wine can easily stain Invisalign retainers. Food such as berries and curries with turmeric can also stain. That’s yet another reason to brush your teeth after eating.

Teeth Whitening

Once you’ve finished with your Invisalign treatment, you may elect to have an additional cosmetic procedure such as teeth whitening. Now that your teeth are nice and straight, this may be a great option to make your smile shine even brighter.


Invisalign is fantastic at straightening your teeth without getting in the way of your daily routine. No need for those metal train track braces to straighten teeth. With proper care of your aligners, you’ll get the results you want in no time at all.