How To Use Cleaning Crystals for Sparkling Aligners and Retainers

How To Use Cleaning Crystals for Sparkling Aligners and Retainers

Keeping your Invisalign aligners and retainers fresh, clean, and hygienic is important for effective treatment and oral health.

While brushing helps, deep cleaning with Invisalign Cleaning Crystals can remove plaque and stains for extra-sparkling results.

This guide covers why cleaning is so important and how to properly use cleaning crystals for the best oral hygiene.

The Importance of Proper Cleaning

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Proper cleaning is essential for keeping Invisalign aligners and retainers hygienic and clear.

When food debris, plaque, and bacteria accumulate on the aligners, it can lead to discoloration, odors, and damage over time. Poor aligner hygiene can also negatively impact oral health by causing gum irritation, gum disease, and tooth decay.

Regularly cleaning aligners and retainers with Invisalign Cleaning Crystals can help avoid these problems. These crystals work to dissolve the debris and bacteria that cause stains and odors.

Using a proven cleaning system like Invisalign Cleaning Crystals as part of your daily hygiene regimen can help aligners and retainers remain clear and fresh!

Avoiding Discolored Aligners and Retainers

The transparent nature of aligner plastic makes it easy to see discoloration from food, beverages, or inadequate cleaning routines. Coffee, tea, wine, berries, and other food and drinks can stain aligners brown or purple. Plus, plaque and bacteria accumulation causes undesirable white fuzziness and even odors.

Fortunately, Invisalign Cleaning Crystals effectively dissolve plaque and food residue, eliminating stains and discoloration. With regular use of cleaning crystals, aligners remain crystal clear instead of becoming tinted or dull.

How to Use Invisalign™ Cleaning Crystals

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Daily soaking in Invisalign Cleaning Crystals delivers a deep clean for aligners.

Frequently soaking aligners in the crystals helps maintain freshness and cleanliness. To use Invisalign Cleaning Crystals, simply dissolve 1 packet in 1 cup of warm water, then immerse the aligners and allow them to soak for 15 minutes.

During the soaking process, the crystals dissolve built-up plaque and gunk to effectively wash away debris and prevent plaque buildup on the aligners.

Unlike abrasive toothpaste, Invisalign Cleaning Crystals give aligners a thorough cleansing without scratching or clouding the aligner plastic.

The Cleaning Crystals provide a simple, effective method for keeping aligners crystal clear and hygienic.

When your aligners are clean and ready to wear, gently bite down on a Movemint to seat them properly in your mouth. Movemints are delicious, sugar-free, and offer the safest and healthiest way to seat your aligners.

Invisalign™ Cleaning Crystals Benefits

Invisalign Cleaning Crystals are specially designed to ensure that your aligners and retainers stay fresh and free of unpleasant odors.

The crystals contain sodium sulfate, sodium carbonate, sodium tripolyphosphate, and other ingredients clinically proven to:

  • Remove plaque in about 15 minutes
  • Dissolve away stains and discoloration
  • Freshen aligners by killing odor-causing bacteria
  • Clean deeply without abrasives that could scratch

Conveniently packaged with 50 individually wrapped packets, the crystals are portable for on-the-go cleaning.

Invisalign Cleaning Crystals FAQ

When should I use cleaning crystals?

To keep your aligners clean and hygienic, develop a daily cleaning routine. Soak your aligners or retainers in the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals solution once or twice per day. After soaking the aligners, be sure to rinse them thoroughly with water before putting them back in your mouth. Regular cleaning will prevent discoloration, and bacteria buildup, keeping your aligners looking and feeling fresh.

Can I use toothpaste to clean aligners?

Toothpaste contains abrasives that could scratch or cloud aligners. Instead, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and water for daily brushing. For deep cleaning, avoid toothpaste and use a cleaning solution made with Invisalign Cleaning Crystals, which can safely remove plaque without abrasives.

What happens if I don't clean aligners properly?

Neglecting proper cleaning allows plaque and bacteria to build up, causing bad breath, gum irritation, and tooth decay. Signs of poor cleaning include foul odors, warped shape, and cloudiness. Consistent cleaning avoids these issues and keeps aligners fresh.

What other ways can I keep my aligners and retainers fresh?

To keep your aligners fresh beyond routine cleaning or soaking in Invisalign Cleaning Crystals solution, consider Movemints. These sugar-free mints will not only freshen your breath and hydrate your mouth but also have a patented shape that will seat your aligners properly. Movemints also come in three delicious flavors, making them a delightful and practical addition to your oral care routine.

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