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12th September 2020

3 Steps To Cleaning Invisalign Braces

Maybe you’ve already started your Invisalign treatment, or you might be looking to book soon. Wherever you are on your teeth straightening journey, our private dentists in Wolverhampton can help with tips and tricks for keeping on top of your treatment. In this blog, we’ll look at cleaning Invisalign braces to keep them lovely and clean, ensuring your treatment goes as smoothly as possible. 

1) Brush 

Cleaning your teeth and your aligners during Invisalign treatment is absolutely essential. If you don’t keep your Invisalign braces clean, they can trap bacteria against your teeth when being worn, and bacteria can cause plaque build-up that could then stain or discolour your braces. 

Brush twice a day, as you would with your smile, and ensure you don’t wear them when eating and drinking.

Top Tip – don’t use toothpaste on your aligners, as this could stain them.

2) Soak

A rinse with soap-free, anti-bacterial soap can help keep your Invisalign braces clean (without flavouring them). However, it’s important to soak them for the 2 hours a day that you can take the aligners out. 

3 step Invisalign clean infographic

Invisalign actually produces special cleaning crystals to help with cleaning your aligners, so soak them for around half an hour before brushing them and popping them back in your mouth. 

Top Tip
– it doesn’t matter if your aligners are reinserted wet or dry, but you may find dry aligners ‘squeak’ on your teeth. 

3) Store

While this isn’t exactly a tip on cleaning, it will help to keep your Invisalign aligners clean. Leaving your aligners out of their case can cause bacteria to build up on the surface. This can then add to the bacteria in your mouth and cause problems down the line. 

Ensure your aligners are always stored in their case when removed – except if you’re soaking them, of course! 


Of course, there are some situations where you may need some help with troubleshooting. Here are a few common scenarios:

  • Staining – talk to one of our dentists in Wolverhampton about tips for this, as it may depend on the type of staining and how concentrated it is. 
  • Slimy feel – if your Invisalign braces are feeling slimy, you might just need to give them a deeper clean. 
  • Bad breath – again, this can be caused by poor brushing as it’s a sign there could be more bacteria in your mouth. 

Book a consultation for Invisalign in Wolverhampton

Get in touch with our dentist in Wolverhampton, via our contact page and we’ll arrange a consultation for your Invisalign in Wolverhampton.

*Results may vary and are different for each individual. As such, Claregate Dental cannot guarantee specific results.