Should I Be Worried About My Aligners Being Stained?

We understand that maintaining the appearance of your clear aligners is important to our patients. Many individuals who use clear aligners, such as Invisalign, often wonder about the possibility of stains affecting the appearance of their aligners. In this article, we will address this concern and provide you with useful information to keep your aligners looking bright and clean. We are a trusted orthodontist practice serving Berkeley and the surrounding areas of El Cerrito, San Pablo, Oakland, Richmond, and Pinole.

Understanding Staining Potential

Clear aligners are typically made from a transparent plastic material called SmartTrack®. While this material is designed to be stain-resistant, it is not completely impervious to discoloration. Factors such as diet, oral hygiene habits, and certain lifestyle choices can contribute to the potential for stains on your aligners.

Brush and Rinse

Thoroughly brush your teeth and rinse your mouth before wearing your aligners. This helps remove food particles and reduce the risk of staining.

Avoid Stain-Causing Foods and Drinks

Limit the consumption of heavily pigmented foods and beverages, such as coffee, tea, red wine, tomato sauce, and dark-colored berries. If you do indulge in these items, make sure to brush your teeth before putting your aligners back in.

Keep Aligners Clean

Clean your aligners regularly using a non-abrasive toothpaste or a gentle denture cleaner recommended by your orthodontist. Good cleaning habits can go a long way. Avoid using hot water, as it can distort the aligners’ shape

Soak in Denture Cleaner

If your aligners develop stains, soaking them in a denture cleaner solution can help remove discoloration. Follow the instructions provided by your orthodontist and thoroughly rinse the aligners before wearing them again.

Consult with Your Orthodontist

If the stains persist or become more severe, consult with your orthodontist. They can provide further guidance and recommend appropriate solutions to address the issue.


By following the preventive tips mentioned in this article and seeking guidance from our experienced orthodontists, you can enjoy a bright and confident smile throughout your orthodontic treatment journey. Contact us today to learn more about clear aligners and to schedule a consultation.