Do’s and don’ts

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All the things essential things you need to know about your clear aligners

It’s exciting times, you’re kicking off your treatment plan and you’ll soon have the smile you’ve wanted for a long time. Let’s cover the things you should know to make your treatment easier, with Do’s and Don’t lists.

Clear aligner do’s

  • Keep them away from heat, this includes the sun, hot cars interiors, tea, soup, or any kind of excessive heat.
  • Wear your aligners as directed by your treating doctor: Almost always 22 hours a day for 2 weeks for each set of aligners.
  • Store your clear aligners in your aligner case when not wearing them.
  • Keep your aligners stored safely away from pets (weirdly dogs can’t seem to resist them) and children when you’re not wearing them.
  • Continue with your regular dental checkups and cleaning to maintain they health of your teeth and gums.
  • Clean your aligners before putting them in each time.
  • Brush and floss your teeth before putting your aligners in.
  • Use cold or warm water when cleaning or rinsing your aligners.
  • Remove your aligners before drinking anything other than cool water, eating, or smoking/vaping.
  • Contact the SmartSmileCo dental team if you have any concerns.
  • Use your silicon chews when you change aligners to help them seat tightly.
  • Make sure you wear your retainers after treatment. You want to keep you teeth in their new position.
  • Smile and share your progress with your friends.

Clear aligner don’ts

  • Don’t change your wear prescription without talking to the dental team first.
  • Don’t wrap your aligners in a napkin or paper towel – you’ll leave them at the cafe… guaranteed.
  • Don’t use hot water to clean your aligners, and don’t place them in the dishwasher. High temperatures can damage them.
  • Don’t use denture cleaner on your aligners or soak them in mouthwash. This can damage or discolour them.
  • Don’t wear aligners while eating or drinking anything other than cool water.
  • Don’t bite your aligners into position. This can damage your aligners and your teeth.


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SmartSmileCo provides affordable clear aligners for a range of orthodontic cases, from simple to complex. Don’t pay a fortune! Give us a call on 0468 388 534 and we’ll help you get the smile you’ve always wanted. Click this link to get your easy, at-home impression kit.

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