How to Properly Maintain Your Invisalign Retainers

Posted on 03/14/2021

Invisalign is one of the easiest ways to straighten your teeth without any of the metal wires or unsightly brackets of braces—but to make the most of your Invisalign you need to know how to properly maintain your Invisalign retainers. Here at Myers Orthodontics, your local specialist in kids orthodontics in Knoxville, TN, our goal is to prepare all of our patients for a lifetime of beautiful smiles and excellent oral health, which means that you need to know how to take care of your Invisalign retainers after you visit our family orthodontist. Check out these easy steps for keeping your Invisalign in good shape, so you can make sure your treatment keeps your smile straight and gleaming!

What You Need To Know

Whether you are thinking about getting Invisalign from a family orthodontist, or if you just visited Myers Orthodontics, your local expert in kids Orthodontics in Knoxville, it's important that you know what it takes to keep your Invisalign retainers in working order. Here are our top tips for cleaning, maintaining, and getting the most out of your Invisalign:

  • Wash Your Retainer Daily

    While your Invisalign retainer is made out of a bacteria resistant polymer, it is still important to rinse your retainer daily to avoid the buildup of food debris, plaque, and other detritus.

  • Always Clean It Before Your Use It

    The best time to wash your retainer is right before you put it in your mouth. Make sure to keep a toothbrush in your purse or backpack for cleaning your retainer on the go!

  • Avoid Using Toothpaste On Your Retainer

    Toothpaste is often too coarse for Invisalign retainers and can wear down the acrylic mold, damaging your aligner and allowing bacteria to grow. Use a toothbrush with soap or an Invisalign cleaning liquid!

  • Soak Your Retainer At Least Once A Week

    Soaking your retainer in denture fluid or Invisalign cleaning fluid can help to loosen any buildup and deep-clean your Invisalign retainer. Cleaning fluids made specially for Invisalign can be found at your local drugstore.

  • Use Your Retainer Case

    Whether you are taking your retainer out for a meal or to clean your teeth, make sure you store it safely in its case. Take it from us—we get calls everyday from patients who have accidentally thrown their Invisalign away with their napkin from lunch or accidentally damaged their retainer by putting it loose into their purse!

Schedule A Visit With Your Local Family Orthodontist!

The best way to get the most out of your Invisalign treatment is to schedule regular visits with your local expert in kids orthodontics in Knoxville. Here at Myers Orthodontics, it doesn't matter what your teeth look like or whether you've seen an orthodontist before—we are simply here to help you get the smile you've always dreamed up. Contact Myers Orthodontics today to learn more or to schedule your first appointment for free!