How to Clean Invisalign Trays

How To Clean Invisalign Trays

The orthodontist gives you tips on how to clean Invisalign trays right before they give you the rules: only drink water when you wear them and no eating in your trays. I broke the rules; well I just broke only drink water in them…and maybe the other one about eating when I swallowed a handful of M&Ms with my trays still in, but that doesn’t really count.
Anyways, I have tested many liquids: beer, lemonade, iced coffee, white wine, Coca-Cola, smoothies, etc. and used several methods to clean my Invisalign trays. Not many of the cleaning methods I tried worked, but here are the 3 that were the best!

Here are the 3 best results on how to clean Invisalign trays:


Cleaning Crystals:

These are gems, but if your orthodontist is anything like mine (and I really like mine!) he/she probably only gave you a handful. Retainer Brite is a good and easy product to use for your aligners.

  • Fill a cup with warm water
  • Drop in crystals and trays
  • Leave for 15 minutes
  • Rinse trays with warm water
  • Use toothbrush to scrub over
  • Rinse trays again

Homemade Cleaners:


Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda soak:

You’ll need hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, a spare toothbrush, and a glass.

  • Fill glass with equal parts warm water and hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • Drop trays in the glass
  • Soak trays from 15 minutes to hours, depending on how badly discolored
  • Brush tray gently with spare toothbrush

Only brush trays with your spare toothbrush once you’ve reached the desired color and rinse.

Invisalign before and after

Vinegar and Water Soak:

This method works if you have white plaque build up.

  • Fill glass with equal parts warm water and white distilled vinegar
  • Drop trays in the glass
  • Soak your trays for 15 to 30 minutes
  • Brush tray gently with a spare toothbrush
  • Rinse it with warm water

Listen to your orthodontist and always try to drink water because it is good for you, but when you have a craving don’t be afraid to indulge. I always try to drink everything through a straw to prevent stains.

I do want to add that if you are drinking red wine, I haven’t found anything that lifts the stain from the tray. So here’s a rule, don’t drink red wine unless you like the pinkish tint that lingers on your trays.

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