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How to Clean SmileDirectClub Aligners

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Congratulations on receiving your new clear aligners! You're one step closer to achieving the smile of your dreams. However, while you're in the process of improving your smile, it's important to be mindful of bad breath. To help you avoid any embarrassing moments, we've put together a guide on how to clean SmileDirectClub aligners. Just follow these five simple steps and you'll be good to go:

Knowing how to clean aligners can cause as many problems as you're trying to solve with them. When you take out your aligners, brush and floss your teeth as usual, and remove them any time you eat or drink anything other than cool water. Cleaning your aligners each time they're removed should also be a part of your fresh-breath routine.


How to Clean SmileDirectClub Aligners

Here are seven effective ways to clean aligners:

1. Soap

Mix a few drops of gentle liquid soap with a cup of warm (but not hot!) water to make suds. Soak your aligners for 20–30 minutes in soapy water, then rinse them thoroughly.

2. White Vinegar

Combine one part white vinegar (won’t stain) with three parts warm water in a cup. But don't let the water be too hot! Hot water can ruin your aligners by damaging the plastic. Soak your aligners in the solution for 20 minutes before rinsing them in cool water.

3. Cleaning Tablets

Any cleaning tablet can be used as long as the directions on the package are followed. Simply dissolve one cleaner tablet in a cup of warm water for two to three minutes. To fully clean your aligners, place them in for 3 minutes. After rinsing your aligners thoroughly with water, place them back in your mouth, and clean.

4. Baking Soda

Soak your aligners for 60 minutes in a mixture of a tablespoon of baking soda and 12 cups of water. Then, after scooping out your aligners and rinsing them, reattach them to your teeth.

5. Hydrogen Peroxide

Yes, hydrogen peroxide is great for getting rid of stains because it kills bacteria and germs and releases oxygen. Just mix one part hydrogen peroxide with one part warm water, and let your clear retainer or aligner soak in the solution. Then just wash it off, and you should be fine.

6. Cleaning Crystals

Cleaning crystals were made by Invisalign to remove plaque and keep aligners clean, hygienic, and odor-free. Mix a single pack into a cup of warm water while stirring until the crystals and water form a solution. Soak the aligners in the solution for 15 minutes before rinsing them well in cool water.

7. Non-Whitening Toothpaste

Using toothpaste and a toothbrush to clean your aligners is probably the easiest way. Use warm water, toothpaste made for children or sensitive teeth, and a soft toothbrush to brush your aligners gently.

Make sure you're using a gentler, non-whitening formula of toothpaste. Some whitening toothpaste contains abrasive ingredients that can scratch your aligners and make it easier for bacteria and other germs to stick to them.

Important Note:

Make sure to brush and floss your teeth before putting in your aligners, and give the aligners a quick rinse right before you put them in. With these tips for cleaning your aligners, your breath will stay fresh and clean while your smile gets better.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I whiten aligners that have turned yellow?

If your clear aligners turn yellow, it can defeat the purpose of using them in the first place. To get rid of yellowing, the best thing to do is to use hydrogen peroxide. Yes, it is that easy.

How to remove plaque from aligners?

Plaque is a buildup of bacteria that sticks to your teeth and can spread to your aligners after you've worn them for a while. Plaque is probably what you saw when you looked at your retainers and saw yellow or light brown spots. Plaque needs to be cleaned off your retainer if you want to keep your mouth clean, but how should you do it?

The plaque will not stick to your aligners if you clean them right after you take them out of your mouth by running them under warm water and gently, and we mean gently, brushing them with a soft-bristle brush or cotton swab in case any plaque is stuck in hard-to-reach places.

How often should they be cleaned?

Make it a habit to clean your clear aligners before bed, just like you brush and floss your teeth. This process keeps food, dirt, and bacteria from getting stuck in your aligner. When the aligners look dirty, which can be caused by several things, clean them. Make sure to take out your aligners before you eat or drink to avoid staining and other problems. Always rinse your aligner before putting it in your mouth.