How Do You Clean Your Invisalign Retainers?

How Do You Clean Your Invisalign Retainers?

Invisalign is a popular treatment option offered as an alternative to traditional braces. Instead of metal brackets and wires, this treatment works with clear aligners or trays that are worn by the patient 22 hours per day. They are difficult for other people to notice and easy to remove for eating and dental hygiene. While they aren't for everyone, they offer a viable solution to many. They are also more predictable, comfortable, and faster than traditional braces.

If you are considering Invisalign, you might be wondering how to care for and clean your Invisalign trays and retainers. While you should always check with your dental provider to determine how they want you to care for them, here is some general information about cleaning your trays and aligners.


You can brush your trays and retainers with a soft-bristled brush. Many dentists recommend staying away from brushing with toothpaste as the silica or baking soda it contains can be abrasive and damage your trays and aligners. Some Invisalign providers recommend a mild toothpaste, such as a baby or child's toothpaste, to brush with.

Invisalign Products

Invisalign also makes its own cleaners and sanitizing formulas to clean their trays and aligners. They can be purchased as crystals or foams. These products are highly recommended as they are explicitly made for Invisalign care.

Denture Cleaner

You also have the option of soaking or brushing your aligners and retainers with a denture-cleaning solution. These can effectively clean them but may leave a build-up or stain on your aligners over time.

Peroxide or Vinegar

If your Invisalign retainers or aligners have significant stains or heavy build-up on them, soaking them in peroxide or vinegar can help. However, you should limit the use of these products to protect the integrity of your aligner trays and retainers.

Whatever you use to clean your trays and retainers, be sure to clean them at least once or twice per day. It's best to clean them when you take them out to eat or perform oral hygiene. If you can't clean them, at least rinse them with water. Be sure when you put them back in your mouth that your mouth is freshly clean.

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign

What are Invisalign Aligners Made Of?

Invisalign clear aligners are made up of a flexible plastic called SmartTrack®, created just for Invisalign treatment trays. They are FDA-approved and don't contain any BPA, BPS, latex, or gluten.

Does Invisalign Weaken Your Teeth?

No, Invisalign won't harm your teeth. Still, you must follow your dentist's instructions regarding dental care and cleaning instructions for your trays to prevent harmful bacteria build-up.

Learn More About Invisalign with Imperial Dental Associates

Invisalign may be the solution you've been looking for to help you regain your confidence, and you're your vibrant smile. Keeping up with regular dental visits, performing good dental hygiene at home, and properly caring for your aligners and retainers will help immensely during this process. 

Visit our website for more information about Invisalign treatment, or call 203-227-2520 to schedule an appointment. We are well-versed in administering successful Invisalign treatment and take pride in seeing your smile transformation.