What’s the best way to clean my aligners?
Thankfully, the aligners have been designed to be easy to maintain. Keeping them clean is not very complicated. All that is required is good cleaning habits and a regular regimen of cleaning the aligners to keep them looking nice and transparent. Regular cleaning prevents bacterial growth and prevents foul odors from developing.
One way to clean your aligners is to use the Invisalign Cleaning System. You can also brush them with a toothbrush and toothpaste and rinse them in lukewarm water. Do not try to use hot water on your aligners — it could permanently warp the plastic.
If I have food residue (like blueberries or pasta sauce) in my mouth when I put my aligners back in, can they become stained?
Yes. That’s why it’s important to brush after every meal, before placing your Invisalign aligners back in your mouth.
I dropped my aligners in an unsanitary place. Do I need to sterilize them after I clean them?
It is essential always to ensure your aligners are clean and hygienic before you put them in your mouth. Invisalign Cleaning Crystals keep your aligners clean, sterile, and clear — they even remove plaque in as little as 15 minutes. Do not use hot water at any time on your aligners — it could permanently warp the plastic. It is okay to sterilize them if kept in an unsanitary place.
What if I lose or break an aligner. What should I do?
If you lose or break an Invisalign aligner, talk to your dentist immediately. He will work with you to ensure you stay on track with your treatment plan, which may involve wearing a previous set of aligners, your next set of aligners, or ordering replacements aligners.
Can I order replacement aligners from the Invisalign brand directly?
Aligners and retainers are considered prescription items, and like every other medicine, you must go through your doctor to get your medicine. Always contact your dentist if you need a replacement.