Clear aligners: 5 Maintenance Tips

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1. Clean Your Aligners Properly

Clear aligners have to be taken care of that includes avoiding discolouration, odour and building up of bacteria that will not only spoil the transparency of the aligners but also affect the health of the teeth. Here, are some suggestions on how to clean aligners or trays.

Every morning after getting up, while brushing clean your clear aligners as well as your teeth thoroughly.

The reason behind cleaning the trays is that while sleeping the clear aligners are prone to get attached to the bacteria which can be a harmful situation. Make sure to clean your aligners every morning properly.


When you remove the clear aligners, make sure to rinse them properly with water. To avoid problems like dry saliva, and the building of plaque, make sure to rinse it properly once you remove it from the mouth.


You can also use an anti-bacterial soap to clean the aligners as it will stop the growth of bacteria. Brush the clear aligners with a soft-bristled brush so that there is no scratch on it. And also at the same time, it will help to remove the plaque.

clean your clear aligners
The best solution to keep your aligners clean and fresh is to soak them. Soak them by using denture cleaner or Clear braces cleaning crystals. Make sure to soak them every day. Once the soaking procedure is done, use a new toothbrush for the cleaning and rinse it again before wearing it again in your mouth.


It is necessary to brush and floss your teeth before wearing clear aligners. If you wear it without brushing and flossing it will lead to the growth of cavities and other dental issues.

2. Never Leave Your Clear aligners Trays Out in the Open


Clear aligners should be given the utmost care to get positive results. Hence, it is necessary to be taken care of. Once you remove the trays or aligners make sure that you don’t keep them open. If you keep it exposed to the open space it will be highly prone to the building of the bacteria and also you may be a part of losing them.


Hence, a better solution to it is that, keep them in a case or a box all the time to keep it safe. In case, if you keep it open make sure to rinse them before wearing them as it destroys all the bacteria that has built up.

3. Don’t Use Toothpaste to Clean Your Trays

do not clean trays with toothpaste

Toothpaste is good for your teeth, but not for the aligner as it can discolor it can cause damage to it. Trays may lose the sheen due to the use of toothpaste, which will be notified in your mouth. The concept and the characteristics of wearing clear aligners are that people shouldn’t notice that you are wearing them for the correction of the teeth.


Hence, avoid usage of toothpaste, as it has chemical ingredients that can be a great loss to your aligners.
Make sure that you don’t use soap that is colored and scented. If you take the risk of using them on your trays the outcome will ruin you by wearing the aligners. It will give an unpleasant smell when you wear it in your mouth.

4. Your Mouth Will Need Time to Adjust

The best benefit of wearing aligners is that it is not that difficult to adjust, just like other types of braces. But as your set of teeth moves in the position, aligners are necessary to be adjusted accordingly.


In the case of aligners, there are no braces appliances used like metal wire, brackets, on your teeth, so you don’t expect any irritation. Just like the wearing of retainers after braces, it is necessary to wear aligners. It can be adjusted by removing it and wearing it again.

5. The Designation of your Clear aligners Provider Matters

It is necessary to know that, by wearing braces every day you will surely get your results. Hence, keeping and giving a positive impact it is necessary to wear clear aligners.

Expert Opinion

Dr. Rupali Gujar Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “After wearing clear aligners it is necessary to care about it. It should not lose the character of being transparent. Hence, the following are the tips that will avoid the mess if you follow it properly.”

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59 thoughts on “Clear aligners: 5 Maintenance Tips

  • Anusha

    Helpful blog for aligners patients. Must follow these tips.

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  • Shikha Sidhpura

    Nicely explained ..!!??
    Thanks for sharing knowledge , really help us .??

  • Dr Nupur jhavar

    Aligner is the best option for Ortho treatment and when u select the best…u have to maintain it…hence quite informative to follow these steps diligently…

  • Dr.Aanal

    Clear aligners r very important to in proper way may help u to keep it bacteria free thus keep oral hygiene clean.It can be cleaned with tooth paste as well to remove small debris removal.clean and healthy surface help u achieve good result in time

  • Hemali Vora

    The best article i have read for clear Aligners so far! Go through it ! Very helpful and informative

  • Rukhsar

    Now i know how to use it correctly. Ty

  • Pooja pasnani

    Nice blog as it’s really imp to maintain the aligners. Really informative

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    • Ramla shaikh

      Thanks for the information very useful

  • Dr Kinjal Vyas

    Thank you for information. It is really helpful and WILL ADVICE PATIENTS according ?

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    Very usefull and informative… Explained in a very precise manner… All the things are explained very briefly …
    Keep updating such articles .

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    Very informative article.. Aligner is the best option and it’s maintenance is more important.. This one is going to help us a lot

  • Nikita

    Informative blog

  • Dhwani Dave

    That is so helpful information

  • Shikha

    Useful information

  • Shalini bhargava

    Nice article about aligner cleansing

  • Sunitha BS

    This article helped my grandpa to maintain his aligners in a proper way. Treatment also done by Sabka dentist. Thanks Sabka Dentist team.

  • Akash

    Very Usefull and Importance information

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    • Salilapte

      These article was really useful to my neighbor to clean his aligner in a proper way thank you for the information

  • Pooja Deshal

    Rinse when you remove, never clean with hot water , soak in clear retainer cleaner of denture, brush and floss before you wear, clean with soap, not toothpaste

  • Nice blog as it’s really imp to maintain the aligners. Really informative

  • Dr vini kanchan

    To the point and easy to remember

  • Anjali Jaiswal

    Thank you for sharing such information with us.

  • Mukesh

    Really good one n helpful

  • Mayuri

    Aligner is a good alternative to conventional braces , aesthetic perse or be the application of it.. very well explained

  • Mukesh

    must follow useful n helpful tips ….thk sabka dentist

  • Aarti

    Helpful info. Thank you!

  • Mitali

    Since this is a treatment where you hardly visit your dentist this article here will help a lot

  • Dr. Vishva patel

    Helpful indeed !!

  • Kanchan karad

    Patient should follow these tips…

  • Ishani

    Very useful

  • Karishma

    If these instructions are not followed,the whole idea of wearing invisible braces could go for a toss!

  • Pratiksha

    Well written!

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    Very useful information

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    Aligners are best , nice information ?

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    Please Inform your doctor

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    Great information..

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    Useful tips

  • Wilson Fernandes

    Aligner is the best option for Ortho treatment

  • Yashashree

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