A great number of people using Invisalign clear braces prefer to use cheaper alternatives to the Invisalign cleaning system. These cleaning alternatives come in the form of homemade soaks and commercial preparations. Individuals using the following cleaning methods report no significant changes in the colour of their Invisalign clear braces. This is good news for those of you who want to keep your invisalign aligners clean and save money at the same time.
Cleaning your Invisalign aligners is a simple process; however, there are a few words of caution to help you to do this safely.
Some people are put off from using the invisalign cleaning system due to the price. However, Invisalign recommend using it as some other cleaners can damage the surface of your clear braces. This makes your aligners more visible to other people. The Invisalign cleaning system contains packets of crystals. You make the soaking solution by adding water to the crystals.
You can use a soft toothbrush for cleaning your Invisalign clear braces. Take care when brushing so as not to scratch the surface of your aligners. Instead of using toothpaste, use washing-up liquid instead.
You can use a variety of readily available denture cleaners for cleaning your Invisalign clear braces. Denture cleaner comes in different preparations. You can choose from:
You’ll find these products are readily available and cheap to use.
A variety of products and homemade soaks can be used for effectively cleaning your Invisalign clear braces. You can consider using cleaning products like SonicBrite and Retainer Brite. These cleaners come in crystal form. The crystals are simply mixed with water to create a soaking solution.
Effective homemade cleaners can be made simply for cleaning your aligners without damaging them. This option offers a convenient solution if you ever run out of your regular cleaner as you have everything you need at home.
Consider using the following homemade soaks for cleaning your aligners:
The good news about homemade soaks is that you can use different soaks for different problems. Bleach solution will remove stains, and vinegar gets rid of tartar.
Some people are tempted to use mouthwash for cleaning their aligners. However, although mouthwashes contain antibacterial agents they aren’t the ideal solution for two reasons. Firstly, mouthwash can cause discolouration. This is the main reason that mouthwash is not recommended for cleaning purposes. Secondly, studies have shown that mouthwashes are not as effective for cleaning as many claims suggest.
All the cleaning methods mentioned here can be enhanced with the use of a vibrating bath or an ultrasonic cleaning unit. The vibrations boost cleaning by dislodging particles that adhere to your aligners. These particles are not removed by brushing alone. With a vibrating bath or ultrasonic cleaning the particles are easily washed away.
However you choose to clean your Invisalign clear braces it doesn’t need to be an expensive process. There is a lot of choice in cleaning products available. This means you can keep your aligners clean without spending a fortune on cleaner.
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