Cosmetic Dentistry |4 min read

How to Clean Invisalign: DOs, DON’Ts, and Best Practices!

Person cleaning their Invisalign

You’ve heard of Invisalign®.

Better yet, maybe you’re considering getting Invisalign!

The clear aligner system has long been praised for its incredible benefits.

Invisalign is so convenient because it’s:

  • Virtually invisible
  • More comfortable than other alternatives
  • More affordable
  • Removable

The fact that you can remove the aligners makes them much easier to clean compared to braces.

But how do you clean your Invisalign aligners?

Our top dentist Dr. James Volker explains everything you should and shouldn’t do, and discuss the best practices.

Keep reading to learn more!

How do you clean Invisalign?

Very carefully!

While Invisalign trays are durable, you should be gentle when cleaning them.

You’ll want to make sure you clean your aligners thoroughly to prevent any bacteria buildup or bad breath.

Before cleaning your trays, rinse them under lukewarm water to remove any debris.

Never use hot water, as it may cause your aligners to melt or warp.

To fully sanitize the aligners, we recommend using a gentle, clear liquid soap or Invisalign cleaning crystals… This text opens a new tab to the Invisalign Accessories website… (or both, interchangeably!).

Clear liquid soap

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and liquid soap to remove any debris or food particles that have accumulated on the aligners during the day.

Once you’re done brushing, give your aligners a final rinse.

Then, let them air dry in a safe place on top of a clean towel.

Cleaning crystals

Cleaning crystals when mixed into water, create a safe, efficient cleaning solution!

Fill a cup with lukewarm water to fully submerge the aligners.

Empty one full packet of the crystals into the water.

Then for 20 seconds, gently shake the cup to dissolve and distribute the crystals.

You should let it stand for at least 15 minutes.

Next, gently shake the solution again for 20 seconds.

Then, rinse your aligners (and the cup) thoroughly with warm water.

When you aren’t wearing your aligners, store them in a protective case and keep them in a cool environment.

What should I avoid when cleaning Invisalign aligners?

Use a separate toothbrush than the one you use to brush your teeth to prevent cross-contamination.

We advise you not to keep your aligners in your bathroom, because bacteria thrives in humid environments.


If hot showers and baths are often running, the heat could damage the aligner material.

It’s important to take precautions to preserve your aligners, so that your Invisalign treatment plan stays on track.

Proper maintenance is the key to success.

How often should you clean Invisalign?

You should clean your Invisalign trays at least once a day, but we recommend doing so twice to keep them fresh and in excellent condition.

Whenever you are going to eat or drink, you should remove the aligners to avoid staining them or breaking them. Be sure to clean your mouth before putting the aligners back in your mouth.

If you’re out and don’t have the ability to brush your teeth, vigorously rinse your mouth with water.

Need an Invisalign dentist?

Our team at Smile Connections Family Dental would be happy to help you and answer any of your other questions.

Our dentists in Wichita, KS are Invisalign experts, who’ll make a treatment plan tailored to your smile’s unique needs.

Schedule a consultation to see if Invisalign is right for you!


Smiles Connections Family Dental is located in Wichita, KS… This text opens a new tab to the Smile Connections Google listing…, and proudly serves its neighboring communities, including Eastborough, Oaklawn-Sunview, Maize, Bel Aire, Park City, Goddard, Andale, Colwich, Clearwater, and Andover, KS.