Invisalign Cleaning Crystals: What They Are & How To Use Them

Invisalign cleaning crystals

Invisalign is an ideal solution to align your bite and fix other alignment concerns without visible braces. You can conveniently improve your smile by wearing clear aligners over your teeth, eliminating the need for complex oral hygiene routines. However, aligner hygiene requires daily attention despite the lack of brackets and wires. Proper use of Invisalign cleaning crystals can make cleaning aligners a breeze.

Caring For Invisalign Aligners

To care for your Invisalign aligners, it’s crucial to clean them thoroughly to avoid plaque and bacterial accumulation. Failure to do so can lead to discoloration, odors, and oral health issues. Your aligners may also trap bacteria against your teeth, increasing the risk of cavities. 

Invisalign cleaning crystals are an easy and effective way to maintain the appearance and cleanliness of your aligners. These crystals are specially designed for Invisalign aligners to eliminate bacteria that cause plaque and make your aligners look and feel fresh.

What Are Invisalign Cleaning Crystals?

Invisalign cleaning crystals serve as a supplementary option to enhance the cleaning process for your Invisalign aligners. Dissolving quickly in water, they effectively kill germs and bacteria that could have accumulated on your trays over time.

Looking closely at the Invisalign cleaning crystals ingredients, you’ll find Sodium Sulfate, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Sodium Dichlorosocyanurate, and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

With just 15 to 30 minutes of daily use, Invisalign cleaning crystals can help you:

  • avoid foul odors and discoloration,
  • extend the life of your aligners,
  • and decrease the risk of gum infections caused by plaque buildup.

You can purchase them online, at your orthodontist’s office, or at a dental supply store.

However, it’s important to note that the cleaning crystals are not meant to replace the use of a toothbrush. Rather, they should be used in combination with a thorough Invisalign cleaning routine.

Why Use Invisalign Cleaning Crystals?

Invisalign cleaning crystals are an important part of maintaining good oral hygiene when wearing Invisalign aligners. Here are some reasons why using them is useful:

1.  Removes stubborn buildup: Over time, food particles and bacteria can accumulate on your Invisalign aligners, leading to stubborn buildup that can be difficult to remove. Invisalign cleaning crystals break down and remove this buildup and leave your aligners clean and fresh.


2.  Prevents discoloration: If you don’t clean your braces regularly, they can start to discolor and become noticeable in your mouth. Cleaning crystals are designed to prevent this discoloration and keep your aligners looking clear and invisible.


3. Helps prevent bad breath: Bacteria and food particles can also contribute to bad breath. By regularly cleaning your aligners with crystals, you can help prevent bad breath and keep your mouth feeling fresh.


4.  Easy to use: Invisalign cleaning crystals are simple to use and don’t require any special equipment. All you need to do is dissolve a packet of crystals in water and soak your aligners for 15 minutes.

How To Use Cleaning Crystals

One of the biggest benefits of using Invisalign cleaning crystals is that they are safe for daily use. They are made with non-toxic materials that break down plaque and bacteria without harming your aligners or your oral health. Plus, they are easy to use and fit perfectly into your daily oral care routine. To use them, simply follow these steps:

  1. Rinse your aligners under running water to remove any food debris or saliva.
  2. Dissolve a packet of Invisalign cleaning crystals in a clean glass of room-temperature water by stirring or shaking.
  3. Fully submerge your aligners or retainers into the cleaning solution for 15 to 30 minutes.
  4. After soaking, remove the aligners and rinse them under room temperature water.
  5. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently brush off any remaining plaque or build-up on the aligners.
  6. Rinse the aligners under warm water to wash off the solution, and wash out the glass.
  7. Repeat this process daily to keep your aligners clean and free of bacteria or discoloration.

The non-toxic materials in the Invisalign cleaning crystals break down plaque and bacteria to maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of your aligners. It helps them last longer. Make sure to use these crystals as a part of your regular Invisalign cleaning routine.

How Often Should You Use the Cleaning Crystals?

Maintaining your Invisalign aligners is crucial for achieving the best possible results. Thankfully, using Invisalign cleaning crystals makes this task effortless and straightforward.

But how often should you use these cleaning crystals?

In your Invisalign welcome kit, you’ll receive a few packets of cleaning crystals, which may not seem like enough initially. However, the good news is that you likely won’t need to use them very often. 

One of the reasons for this is that you’ll be switching to a new set of aligners every 7 to 14 days, Meaning that your current set of aligners won’t have enough time to accumulate significant plaque or discoloration.

However, if you end up wearing your current set of aligners for a more extended period, such as while you’re waiting for your retainer to arrive, you may want to use a packet of cleaning crystals to give them a deeper clean. 

Following the best practices and guidelines provided by your orthodontist should be sufficient to keep your aligners stain-free and in top condition.

Common Mistakes To Avoid When Using Invisalign Cleaning Crystals

There are a few common mistakes that people make when using cleaning crystals and there can be some adverse effects as well when you do it wrongly. Using them isn’t a typical task but knowing the common mistakes can save you some headache. Here are some of the most important things to keep in mind:

1.  Not using them at all: One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not using the cleaning crystals at all. Your aligners need to be cleaned daily and using the crystals can help to ensure that they stay free from bacteria and stains.

2.  Not dissolving the crystals properly: To get the most benefit from the cleaning crystals, it’s important to dissolve them completely in water before adding your aligners. Failing to dissolve them properly can mean that they don’t work as effectively.

3.  Using hot water: Hot water can damage your aligners and cause them to warp or become misshapen. Stick to using room temperature water when dissolving the crystals.

4.  Not soaking your aligners long enough: They need time to work their magic so make sure you’re soaking your aligners for at least 15-30 minutes. Leaving them in for less time won’t give the crystals enough time to abolish bacteria and plaque.

5.  Brushing too hard: When you’re using a toothbrush to clean your aligners after soaking them in the cleaning solution, be gentle. Brushing too hard can scratch the surface of your aligners, making them more prone to staining and damage.

By avoiding these common mistakes and using Invisalign cleaning crystals correctly, you can help to keep your aligners in great condition and ensure that your smile stays healthy and bright throughout your treatment.

FAQs About Invisalign Cleaning Crystals

Here are some frequently asked questions about Invisalign cleaning crystals that can help you better understand them:

Can I use other cleaning methods instead of Invisalign cleaning crystals?

While there are other cleaning methods available, such as toothpaste or mouthwash, we highly recommend using Invisalign cleaning crystals for the best results. Other methods may be too harsh and potentially damage your aligners.

Are Invisalign cleaning crystals safe to use?

Yes, they are specifically made to be safe for use with Invisalign clear aligners. However, it’s important to follow the instructions carefully and not leave your aligners soaking in the cleaning solution for longer than recommended.

Can I reuse the cleaning solution?

No, it’s important to use a fresh packet of Invisalign cleaning crystals each time you clean your aligners. Reusing the solution may not be as effective at removing buildup and could potentially be harmful to your aligners.

Can Invisalign cleaning crystals be used on other dental appliances?

No, they are specifically designed for use with Invisalign clear aligners and should not be used on other dental appliances such as retainers or dentures.

How do I store Invisalign cleaning crystals?

It’s important to store Invisalign cleaning crystals in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Keep them out of reach of children and pets.

At Triton Dental, we take pride in providing discreet teeth-straightening treatments, including Invisalign, to help our patients achieve their smile goals without visible brackets and wires. 

We are committed to ensuring that our patients receive the best care, including proper guidance on caring for their Invisalign braces. If you’re interested in learning more or would like to schedule an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to contact our team.

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