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Can you smoke with Invisalign

We’re not going to lecture you in this article.

We’re all adults and aware that smoking is less than ideal for your teeth and general health. But does it impact orthodontic treatment of Invisalign as well? The answer is — quite possibly!

Invisalign is a life-changing treatment to straighten your teeth, but it can take months to get the results that you are looking for. Now imagine if you’re a smoker, have your Invisalign aligners fitted, and your dentist tells you that you can’t smoke for the duration of the Invisalign treatment. We don’t want any unwelcome surprises here at Smile Stories when it’s too late, so let’s answer this question now.

Can You Smoke with Invisalign?

can you smoke with invisalign

There are two main issues regarding smoking with Invisalign:

1. The Aligners Can Stain

Smoking stains fingernails, teeth and also your Invisalign aligners.

Look at the photo above. The aligner, bottom right, shows the effect of smoking on the aligner after one week’s use. If you’re on a two-weekly change, the staining will be even more pronounced. But it won’t be too noticeable while it’s in your mouth against your teeth, so don’t worry too much.

2. You Need to Wear Your Trays 22 Hours per Day

You should only be removing your Invisalign aligners to eat for two hours per day. This gives you 40 minutes per meal to remove the aligners and no more.

If you don’t wear your aligners for 22 hour hours per day then your teeth simply won’t move and you’ll If you don’t wear your aligners for 22 hour hours per day, then your teeth won’t move, and you’ll prolong your treatment time. This means there is no extra time to remove aligners for smoking.

What if You Have to Smoke during the Invisalign Treatment?

Ideally, if you have to smoke while undergoing Invisalign treatment, wait until you remove the aligners to eat and smoke in this window. Brush your teeth, then replace the aligners. But don’t exceed the two hour removal time during the day. If you must smoke outside the removal times, then leave them in.

Can You Smoke a Vape with Invisalign?

Vaping is a relatively new phenomenon developed only in the last few years. Because of this, we don’t Vaping is a relatively new phenomenon developed only in the last few years. Because of this, we don’t have much information on the effects of vaping and Invisalign trays or other oral health issues.

If you look at the photo above, though (the top tray) you’ll see after a week of vaping, the trays have only mildly stained, so smoking with the trays won’t be too detrimental.

The worry with vaping is the amount of time the vape is in your mouth while smoking. There’s no end to a vape, so people tend to smoke it longer than a cigarette.

As you already know, Invisalign trays must be in your mouth for 22 hours per day, or it’ll take longer to straighten your teeth. So like smoking, you need to be mindful of vaping times.

What Can You Clean Your Invisalign Trays with if You Smoke?

Never use hot water as this will distort your aligner trays, and scrubbing them won’t help either.

We recommend cleaning them with Retainer Brite, which you can pick up from any orthodontist. This helps to remove tartar, plaque and smoking stains. This means that you can continue your Invisalign treatment without anyone knowing that you are wearing aligners.

Is Invisalign an Opportunity?

So can you smoke with Invisalign? Yes, but you have to be aware of the consequences.

Alternatively, you could think of this as an opportunity. Smoking is a habit and you’ll only stop if you replace Alternatively, you could think of this as an opportunity. Smoking is an unhealthy habit, and you’ll only stop if you replace it with a healthier one, like wearing Invisalign trays. Why not quit smoking altogether and undergo more than a smile transformation?

YYou could contact NHS Stop Smoking, who can help you with nicotine replacement. Then either cut down and smoke only when you remove aligners to eat or stop altogether.

Is it time to get the smile you have always wanted? Contact Smile Stories today and book your free video consultation with our team of smile architects.


Dr Gareth Edwards BDS (Hons) MFDS RCPS (Glasg) qualified as a dentist with honours. Now providing Invisalign Bournemouth, he has a keen interest in aesthetic dentistry, including orthodontics.