Can I smoke and drink with Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners are an attractive alternative to traditional metal braces because they're invisible. Most people won't know you're straightening your teeth when you choose invisible aligners.

When you wear clear aligners, you want to keep them as invisible as you can.

One way to do this is to avoid drinking and smoking while you’re wearing your clear aligners.

Can I smoke with clear aligners?

We know that smoking stains our teeth, but does smoking when wearing clear aligners stain our teeth too?

Smoking with aligners is not recommended, because just as tobacco stains the teeth, it will also stain the aligners and they will lose their aesthetics.

Dr Tania, Lead Orthodontist Wondersmile

Smoking when wearing your clear aligners will lead to discolouration. The best way to avoid this is to not smoke during your clear aligner treatment.

What happens when you smoke while wearing clear aligners?

The nicotine and tar in tobacco are what causes clear aligner discolouration.

When you smoke with invisible aligners the nicotine and tar can very quickly stain the clear aligners just as they stain teeth. The same applies when smoking with metal braces. Even a single cigarette can stain the teeth around the bracket.

Can I vape with clear aligners?

When vaping with clear aligners, the research suggests that it all depends on what ingredients are in the e-liquid or vape liquid. If nicotine is present, staining will occur just as it would when smoking cigarettes. More research needs to be done into the effect of vaping when wearing clear aligners. However, we recommend taking your clear aligners out to vape, brushing your teeth after vaping then putting your invisible aligners back in.

What if I remove my clear aligners before smoking?

We know that when you wear clear aligners and smoke at the same time, your aligners will stain. But what if you take out your aligners to smoke? Even if you take them out the nicotine and tar that remains in your mouth can discolour your aligners.

Tips when vaping or smoking with clear aligners

  • Follow your clear aligner treatment plan and stick to the prescribed wear-time.

  • Be mindful that every time you take out your clear aligners to smoke or vape, it's also affecting the recommended wear-time for your treatment.

  • Always brush and floss your teeth after smoking and vaping.

  • Clean your invisible aligners every morning, every evening, before and after every meal, snack and drink (excluding water) and when smoking or vaping.

How do I prevent my aligner from getting stained after smoking?

If you're going to smoke throughout your clear aligner treatment, the best way to minimise staining your aligners is to clean your teeth and floss after you smoke. This will avoid discolouration, keep your aligners clear and can improve the overall health of your teeth.

What should I do if my aligners are stained from smoking?

Cleaning clear aligners are very simple. It's like brushing your teeth. You can even do it with or without toothpaste.

If the aligners change colour because of smoking, there is not much that can be done.

Dr Tania Lead Orthodontist Wondersmile

The best advice when smoking with clear aligners? Is not to smoke with the aligners on to prevent staining. And always brush your teeth before putting the clear aligners back in to reduce the nicotine and prevent them from staining so quickly.

Can I drink alcohol with clear aligners?

We advise taking out your clear aligners for all drinks except water.

Dr. Tania notes that alcoholic beverages usually have a large amount of sugar, and are not recommended while undergoing the invisible aligners treatment. If you do drink alcohol during your treatment, it should be in moderation.

Cleaning your teeth and invisible aligners as soon as possible after drinking is recommended, so the sugar from the alcohol does not remain trapped between the clear aligners and the surface of your teeth. This is also applicable to other drinks with high sugar content, such as soft drinks and juices.

Can you keep aligners in when drinking alcohol?

No. We only recommend drinking water with aligners. When drinking alcohol, take out your aligners. Then make sure you clean your teeth and the clear aligners before putting them back in your mouth.

Tips about drinking with clear aligners

The beauty of clear aligners compared to braces is they are removable.

Clear aligners allow you to eat and drink what you want when you want.

However, there are some guidelines to follow when drinking with clear aligners:

  • Remove your clear aligners for all drinks except water.

  • Brush your teeth and your clear aligners after drinking.

  • Make sure your teeth are clean before putting your clear aligners back in.

  • If you put your clear aligners back in without brushing your teeth, sugars can get trapped and start damaging your teeth and their enamel.

Have you considered nighttime aligners?

You want to smoke and drink, and maybe taking your aligners in and out is a hassle plus it has the potential to affect the wear-time which will impact your results.

Wondersmile has an alternative to day-time aligners. Our NightClear aligners let you straighten your teeth while you sleep. Invisible aligners, that you wear at night, are one of the most discreet ways you can straighten your teeth and you don't have to worry about taking them out to eat and drink during the day.

How do I get started with clear aligners?

Wondersmile has made the teeth straightening journey with clear aligners easy and hassle-free. You can start with our FREE online teeth assessment to see if your teeth are eligible for clear aligners. You can also get started by booking a teeth scan at one of our clinics. The 3D teeth scan will be your only clinic visit during your teeth straightening with Wondersmile clear aligners. The scan itself is fast, easy and completely pain-free. Alternatively, if you want to skip the clinic and start the process from home, you can order one of our teeth impression kits that we'll deliver to your door.