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Clear Aligner Care – 5 Tips for Clean, Clear Aligners

What you need to know to take care of your new clear aligners.

If you’ve purchased a clear aligner treatment plan, you’ve made a big investment in your smile that will change your life. You’ll be wearing those aligners pretty much all the time for the next several months, so here are 5 tips to take care of them so they stay clean and clear!

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How to care for clear aligners:

1. Rinse when you remove.

2. Never clean with hot water.

3. Brush and floss before you wear.

4. Clean with soap, not toothpaste.

5. Soak in clear retainer cleaner or denture cleaner.


1. Rinse when you remove.

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Rinse your clear aligners with cold water when you remove them. This will help eliminate dried saliva from building up on the plastic, which can cause bacteria to form. Keep your mouth healthy by keeping your aligners clean.

2. Never clean with hot water.

aligners on table

Never use hot water when cleaning your aligners, and don’t run them through the dishwasher! The high heat can damage the plastic and ruin your aligners. If you do make this mistake and damage your SmileDirectClub aligners, you can order a replacement tray for $50 or replacement pair for $99 by calling Customer Care at 800-848-7566.

3. Brush and floss before each wear.

aligners on table top

After you eat, be sure to brush and floss your teeth before putting your clear aligners back in your mouth. If you don’t, you will have a higher risk of food particles getting trapped between your aligners and your teeth, which can lead to dental issues. Remember, a clean mouth is a happy mouth.

4. Clean with soap, not toothpaste.

aligners on blue table

Use antibacterial soap, not toothpaste, to gently clean your aligners. Toothpaste can be abrasive against the plastic, which may scratch your clear aligners. Scratched aligners are much easier to notice when they’re on your teeth. We all know one of the reasons you chose clear aligners was so they’d be invisible. Keep them that way by cleaning them properly!

5. Soak in clear retainer cleaner or denture cleaner.

clear aligner on table

Don’t use colored mouthwash! The greens and blues of most mouthwash products can discolor your aligners, giving them that same tint that you’ll see in the mouthwash bottle. Instead, if you want to keep your aligners clear and sanitized, try soaking them in a clear retainer or denture cleaner.

Are you looking for an affordable way to transform your smile? SmileDirectClub Invisible Aligners are up to 60% less expensive than other brands, and most customers don’t require any in-office visits for treatment. Learn more about how our aligners work.

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