How to Clean Stained Invisalign Trays

How to Clean Stained Invisalign Trays
Posted on 05/10/2023

Dr. Mark B. Huls at Huls Orthodontics offers all of the treatments that locals need for healthy teeth. When you turn to us for Invisalign, you'll notice major changes to your smile within weeks.

Invisalign is an alternative to those heavy braces that people wore so often in the past. You receive clear aligners that slowly move your teeth to straighten them. The biggest problem you might have is that the trays develop some stains. While those stains won't affect your teeth, you should still learn how to get rid of them to make your aligners last until you're ready for your next set.

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Use Invisalign Crystals or Retainer Cleaning Tablets

You don't need to spend a lot of time working on the stains you see because there are some simple solutions to get rid of them. Invisalign crystals and retainer cleaning tablets are just one option. The crystals or tablets are mixed with water, then soak your trays in the solution. It only takes about 15 minutes for you to see some big changes. Rinse the trays off before you use them again.

Other Cleaning Solutions

If you can't find these crystals or tablets or can't afford them, there are other home remedies worth trying. Hydrogen peroxide works well in removing tray stains and is something you may already have. Mix the peroxide with an equal amount of warm water, soak the trays for 15 minutes, and then rinse off the excess water and brush them off. For larger or darker stains, try distilled white vinegar. Combine three parts water to one part vinegar, soak the aligner trays for up to 20 minutes, then rinse and give them a good brushing. You may need to try one of these remedies multiple times to get rid of all of the stains on your Invisalign trays.
You can also brush them with your toothbrush and toothpaste daily to keep clean and fresh.

What Causes Tray Stains?

Any discoloration that you see on your aligner trays may come from debris that builds up. This debris often includes tartar, plaque, and food from not brushing or flossing enough. Drinking coffee, tea, soda and other dark colored beverages is discouraged since they also can stain your trays and teeth. It is recommended to remove your trays before drinking and eating. Dr. Mark B. Huls also recommends that patients avoid smoking or using chewing tobacco as they can stain Invisalign trays, too.

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