How to Clean Your Invisalign Retainers {5 Ways}

Build-up on Invisalign trays and retainers can definitely happen quickly if you are not cleaning them correctly. Here are 5 ways to keep them shiny and bright!


Toothbrush & Toothpaste

This is the most straightforward technique. Simply use your regular toothbrush and toothpaste and scrub away! I like to use an electric toothbrush, such as Sonicare, because I feel like it cleans better than a manual. Just remember to hold the retainer one side at a time and DO NOT FLEX IT or you could break it in half.

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Brushing an Invisalign retainer


Soap & Water

You can use any soap you like to clean with, but I have found dish soap seems to get in there the best. Remember to rinse all the soap off before you put in your mouth to avoid a soapy aftertaste!

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Hand washing an Invisalign retainer


Denture Cleaner Tabs

These are cleanser tabs that dissolve in water and you can buy these at any drug or grocery store. I have also seen specific “retainer cleaners” but the denture tabs seem to work just as well (and are much less expensive). Soak for about 15 minutes.

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Denture cleaner for an Invisalign retainer


Mouthwash

This doesn’t clean quite as well as the other options but it will definitely freshen them up in a pinch. Soak for 5-10 minutes for a nice clean taste!


Baking Soda & Vinegar (& Peppermint Oil)

This homemade recipe is probably my favorite technique – and its cheap too! Mix equal parts baking soda with distilled vinegar and let it bubble away on your Invisalign for about 15 minutes. Add a drop of peppermint oil to for the extra minty touch. You will really see a difference in clarity with the baking soda and vinegar!

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Homemade retainer cleaner


 

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