Invisalign Cleaning Crystals – How to Use and What Are They?


Invisalign Cleaning Crystals are a custom-designed cleaning system for Invisalign clear aligners and retainers. 15 to 30 minutes is all you need with the help of dissolving crystals that leave a super clean finish. As a result, the devices will last longer. Read on for the full facts on this product. 


The cleaning crystals are designed to dissolve plaque and kill the bacteria that causes plaque to grow on your teeth and aligners. Daily cleaning will keep your aligners fresh and prevent discoloration or bacterial growth.


What Are Invisalign Cleaning Crystals?

By using Invisalign Cleaning Crystals, aligners and retainers can be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

In addition to killing bacteria on aligners, they remove plaque, keeping them fresh and hygienic. For a sparkling smile, soak your aligners or retainers in the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals daily. Both SmartTrack Invisalign clear aligners and Vivera Invisalign retainers can be cleaned with the formula.

How Does The Cleaning Solution Work?

Rinse your aligners or retainers under warm water before wearing them to remove any leftover food debris. Invisalign Cleaning Crystals are dissolved in warm water in a glass. Fill the glass with water, and dissolve one package of cleaning solution into it. Stir well.

Place both aligners in the glass, and soak for 15-30 minutes. Remove the aligners from the glass and rinse them under running water. If there is any other residue on the aligners, you can gently brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush. These commercially prepared products are designed specifically for cleaning Invisalign aligners and retainers, the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals are completely safe.

Bacteria and plaque are broken down by non-toxic materials. Clinical studies demonstrate that they reduce discoloration and staining while keeping your aligners clean.

Steps To Use:

  • Take out your aligners or retainer.
  • Remove all debris and any excess saliva by rinsing them under warm running water.
  • Add warm water to a glass.
  • Mix one packet of Invisalign Cleaning Crystals with water; stir to dissolve, or cover and shake for a few seconds.
  • Ensure that both top and bottom aligners or retainers are fully submerged in the water and crystal mixture.
  • Wait 15-30 minutes before removing.
  • Remove the aligners after they have soaked.soaked.soaked. Under running water, rinse the aligners.
  • Brush off any remaining plaque or buildup with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Rinse one last time.

How Often Should You Use Crystals?

To keep your aligners clean during Invisalign treatment, soak your aligners in the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals solution in a closed container or glass once a day. Twice a day is possible but unnecessary.

If you put your aligners back in your mouth, make sure to rinse them and/or brush them, and store them appropriately when not in use. Keep your teeth and gums clean with a simple brushing twice a day and flossing every night.

How Can I buy Invisalign Cleaning Crystals?

You can get Invisalign cleaning crystals easily online or through your orthodontist’s office.

Why Does My Invisalign Smell After Using Cleaning Crystals?

Cleaning Crystals contain sodium-based ingredients that, in some people’s opinion, could produce an odor similar to that of chlorine. Before you wear your aligners/retainers, it is imperative that you wash and thoroughly dry your aligners/retainers after cleaning.

What Is The White Stuff On My Invisalign?

Plaque buildup from your teeth is most likely the cause. You can simply clean your aligners with a soft bristle toothbrush or wash them. You can wash them by soaking them in a shallow bowl filled with half water and half hydrogen peroxide for a minute. After returning, the plaque will have dissolved.

Plaque may be hard to remove due to toothpaste being abrasive and leaving lots of little scratches in your dental trays for it to build up in. Users have also reported great success cleaning aligners with just dish soap or clear hand soap and a toothbrush.

Cleaning Crystals Alternatives

  • Distilled white vinegar – 3 parts warm water to 1 part white distilled vinegar. Rinse well.
  • Denture Cleaner – Cleaners such as Polident are effective.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide – Stir warm water and 3% hydrogen peroxide.

These are just quick homemade cleaning solutions. You can read about the full cleaning recommendations we have in this blog.


You should have gained a good understanding of Invisalign cleaning crystals, some alternatives, and best practices from this article. The choice of oral health is important for those who are undergoing treatment or have completed orthodontic treatment Dr. Tisseront and his team know how to guide you on the effective use of cleaning materials for any orthodontic device.

Tisseront Orthodontics is a trusted name in orthodontic care. Dr. Tisseront is a board-certified orthodontic specialist (a distinction only one-quarter of all practicing orthodontists today can claim). He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Here at Tisseront Orthodontics, we proudly provide our patients with the very latest in orthodontic care plus a little something extra from the friendly staff that we like to call ‘The Tisseront Experience.’