Are your crooked teeth getting you down? Concerned that coworkers, dates, and everyone else is judging you based on the look of your teeth?

If so, then Invisalign can help you to get straighter teeth — without having to wear braces.

This makes it an especially popular solution among adults and college-aged people.

But before you decide if Invisalign truly is the right choice for you, you need to be certain that you understand the ins and outs of Invisalign cleaning.

Learn more about the rules by reading this post. We’ll also tell you where you can find an orthodontist that can provide you with a wide variety of services to improve the look of your smile.

1. Clean Your Teeth First

The first thing that you need to know about Invisalign cleaning?

If you want to have to do less of it, make sure that you only wear your Invisalign after you’ve properly cleaned your teeth. After all, if you apply Invisalign to dirty teeth, all you’re doing is locking the bacteria and food particles into place.

In some cases, you may actually end up lodging them further in your mouth.

We know that you want to avoid that at all costs.

Plus, because your Invisalign is completely clear, stained teeth will still be visible to everyone else. Make sure that you brush, floss, and use mouthwash before you put on your Invisalign for the day.

2. Know Which Foods and Drinks Cause Stains

One of the pieces of advice that we can offer when it comes to learning how to clean a retainer?

Make sure that you know which foods and drinks are the most likely to stain your teeth. If these things have an impact on your teeth, then chances are that they’ll also have an impact on your Invisalign.

When you’re eating any of the following foods or drinking the following drinks, remove your Invisalign:

  • Coffee/tea
  • Sugary sweets (toffee, caramel, hard candy, gummy bears, etc)
  • Soda
  • Red and white wine
  • Berries
  • Cheese
  • Lemons/grapefruits
  • Soy sauce

Check out this list for an even more complete listing of the kinds of foods that you need to avoid when you’re wearing your Invisalign.

3. Know How to Brush Correctly

Yes, of course it’s important to understand how to correctly brush your teeth.

But just as important?

Knowing how to safely and thoroughly brush out your Invisalign. As you’ve likely already guessed, you’ll need to be much more gentle on your Invisalign than you are on your teeth and gums.

While Invisalign is made to withstand the events of the day and many hours of wear, remember that they’re still fairly fragile.

This is why it’s important to understand that you should not use toothpaste, especially toothpaste with baking soda or any kind of a whitening agent, on your Invisalign.

Instead, just rinse them with water or the cleaning solution provided in your Invisalign cleaning kit (we’ll talk more about that later on in this post, so not to worry.)

4. Invest in an Invisalign Cleaning Kit

While it’s certainly possible to use your own cleaner, we suggest that you also invest in the Invisalign Cleaning Kit that the company manufactures.

This is the best way to be sure that you’re giving your Invisalign a truly deep clean. Yes, it will cost you a bit more, but it will also work to get rid of all the bacteria that brushing and more DIY cleaning tips won’t always be able to reach on their own.

Plus, you won’t have to deal with any of the unpleasant aftertaste associated with other types of cleaners. You also don’t want to run the risk of accidentally damaging or discoloring your Invisalign by going with a retainer cleaner that’s not actually compatible with Invisalign materials.

You should aim to clean out your Invisalign in both the morning and the evening. For a quicker cleaning touch-up, you can also give them a brief rinse during your meals.

5. Focus on Proper Storage

Sometimes, you’ll find that you need to take your Invisalign out of your mouth.

Remember that, while it’s important to wear your Invisalign for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours each day, you will need to remove them when you eat and drink. Additionally, you need to take them out when you’re brushing and flossing in the morning and at night.

You may also choose to remove them for a special occasion.

The last entry on our list of the top Invisalign tips?

Make sure that, when you do remove your Invisalign, you consider proper storage techniques.

If you just put them on your desk, bedside table, sink, or lunch tray? You’re opening yourself up to all kinds of bacteria and germs, which will them go in your mouth.

You certainly don’t want that.

Instead, we suggest that you put them in a traditional retainer container, or store them in a glass of water.

Are You Interested in Getting Invisalign?

We hope that this post has helped you to better understand the basics of Invisalign cleaning and maintenance.

Above all, remember to follow the rules of Invisalign, to practice proper hygiene, and to avoid eating with them in.

Do you feel like Invisalign is the straight teeth solution that you’ve been looking for?

If so, then we want to be able to help you.

Spend some time on our website to learn more about the types of orthodontics that we have to offer. When you’re ready, get in touch with us to schedule your very first appointment.

We can’t wait to help you fall in love with your smile again.