How To Clean Invisalign Aligners

Brushing and flossing, along with properly cleaning your Invisalign trays are all important parts of good oral hygiene. Many patients choose Invisalign or Invisalign Teen because of the discreet clear appearance. However, if you do not take the proper steps to keep your Invisalign aligners clean, you may experience discoloration, odor, and a buildup of bacteria. Find out how to clean your Invisalign aligners the right way by following these easy tips:

Develop A Daily Routine

Start and end each day with clean teeth and aligners. Bacteria can quickly build up on the trays overnight, so it is important to maintain a set schedule that you are comfortable following. Prevent dry saliva and plaque build-up by rinsing your trays every time you take them out. Cleaning Invisalign trays with a soft-bristled toothbrush and anti-bacterial soap helps remove plaque and bacteria, as well as keeping aligners clear and undetectable.

Soak Your Aligners

The best way to ensure your Invisalign trays are as clean as possible is to soak them in a denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals. After they are finished soaking, use a toothbrush to remove any lingering plaque or food particles and then rinse the trays off.

Brush and Floss

how to clean invisalign alignersIf you put on Invisalign or Invisalign Teen with food particles stuck between your teeth, you will be trapping them inside the trays which causes discoloration and may potentially lead to cavities and other dental issues arising. Brush and floss your teeth thoroughly to make sure your aligners remain clean and clear at all times.

What To Avoid

Always keep your Invisalign aligners in a protective case to keep them free from outside contaminants and minimize your chances of misplacing them. Do not clean Invisalign with toothpaste or mouthwash, as these can cause damage to aligners. In addition, hard toothbrush bristles will scratch aligners so we recommend an extra soft brush specifically for cleaning your Invisalign trays.

Finding Out How To Clean Invisalign Aligners

In conclusion, our team at Smiles in Framingham are experts in orthodontic treatment. We are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, or how to clean Invisalign aligners in Framingham MA, Ashland MA, Wayland MA, Natick MA, Marlborough MA, and Hopkinton MA. Contact Smiles In Framingham today to arrange a free consultation. Call now 508-872-0555.

To all my wonderful patients and their families:


The greatest pleasures of my career are watching children grow strong and healthy and seeing smiles become more beautiful. It has been a tremendous privilege to be a part of that growth and transformation. Now, however, it is time for me to slow down and share the care of my patients.


Starting in September 2022, Smiles in Framingham will merge with Moynihan Dental Specialists. I will remain with the practice, but will reduce my hours and give up administrative responsibilities. The wonderful team of people you and I have come to rely on will be staying. They will continue to help care for you. There will also be new faces, new people who will get to know and care for and about you.


Dr. Michael Moynihan is a second generation dentist and orthodontist practicing in Framingham. Dr. Mike, as he is known, is on the faculty of Boston University in the department of orthodontics. We spent two years as teaching partners supervising the Boston University orthodontic residents as they treated special needs children at Franciscan Hospital for Children. It was during that time I came to appreciate both how skilled Dr. Mike is and how much he cares about his patients. I retired from teaching prior to the pandemic, but Dr. Mike still puts much of his time and energy into teaching the next generation of orthodontists.


I met Dr. Daniel Moynihan when he was my student in 2017. Even at that time he was one of my most conscientious students. He cares deeply about all of his patients and I am proud to be associated with him. Dr. Dan is highly skilled with all aspects of orthodontics, including treatment using Invisalign and other aligners.


Dr. Katherine Moynihan and Dr. Christine Chiao are other members of the Moynihan team. Dr. Katherine Moynihan finished her orthodontic training at Boston University in 2021. Dr. Christine Chiao is a pediatric dentist, who also teaches at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine.


Life is an adventure with many chapters, twists, and turns. I enter this chapter of my life looking forward to what comes next and feeling some sadness that this phase of my life is changing. For now, we will be keeping all appointments as scheduled. We will contact you individually about any appointment changes. All orthodontic contracts will be honored with care provided by the orthodontists. I have every confidence that the doctors of Moynihan Dental Specialists will provide you with excellent care for many years to come.


My very best wishes to all of you,


Dr. Deborah Himelhoch