How to clean Invisalign® and compression gutters ?
A recurring question in my patients treated with Invisalign® because according to patients, gutters do not get dirty in the same way and more quickly ! Here is the explanation and the action to take.
Did you notice that your Invisalign® gutters are starting to become YELLOW or LIMESCALED ? Especially when you have to wear your gutters for longer because either new gutters are being manufactured, or by simple recommendation of your orthodontist, or because they are compression gutters !
What you eat and drink and the minerals in your saliva create an environment that damages your Invisalign or restraint gutters.
We will show you how to professionally clean Invisalign® with some household products at home, when brushing alone or dental prosthesis cleaning tablets are no longer enough to revive them.
- If your Invisalign® gutters / contention are yellowish (only colored) :
* Hydrogen peroxide (the main ingredient)
* Sodium bicarbonate
* Hot water, small bowl and brush
Instruction manual : in a bowl, use 50% warm water, 50% hydrogen peroxide, a few tablespoons of baking soda and a brush. It will take several minutes to a few hours to get a clarification.
For restraint gutters : you can soak them at night if they are very dirty and you have another pair of gutters in the meantime.
- If your Invisalign® gutters are scaled, encrusted :
* Distilled white vinegar (5% acidity is the main active ingredient).
* Small bowl of warm water
Manual of use : you have tried to brush for weeks without any improvement. The key is to let your gutters soak for 20-30 minutes in 50% warm water and 50% vinegar before brushing them. You will notice that you are not removing all the minerals encrusted in the first round.
REPEAT STEPS until the desired result is achieved.
Ps : some say to avoid vinegar because of taste. It’s momentary. Refresh them with denture cleaning tablets or mouthwash.