Most people would agree that teeth that are white, aligned, and fully intact would make up their ideal smile. Over time, both natural teeth, as well as restorations, wear down and begin to look aged and discolored. If you have dentures, you’re using them to chew stain-causing foods daily. Even if you’re diligent about cleaning and sanitizing them, it’s inevitable that they develop staining from coffee, tomato-based sauces, and red wine. Luckily, there are some things you can do to whiten your dentures and keep them looking as good as new. You’ll just want to make sure not to do something that could ruin them. Here are some dos and don’ts of denture whitening.
Avoid These Denture Whitening Methods
Your dentures aren’t made from indestructible materials. Actually, they’re quite fragile, especially compared to your normal teeth. Unfortunately, you’re not able to use traditional methods like whitening toothpaste on dentures because the ingredients aren’t effective on resin.
The most important tools and products to avoid when you’re cleaning or sanitizing your restorations are anything abrasive that could scratch or damage them. This includes hard-bristled toothbrushes, gritty cleaning solutions, and harsh toothpastes.
Although bleach seems like an effective way to get them sparkling again, it’s best to avoid any product that contains it. Bleach can actually cause your dentures to discolor and even weaken them. Also, it’s best to steer clear of any product containing chlorine because it can corrode the metal structure of partial dentures.
Effective and Safe Denture Whitening Methods
When you clean your dentures at home every day, you can regularly remove surface stains and prevent the buildup of plaque. Your dentist can recommend special non-abrasive denture cleaning solutions that can kill bacteria and keep your replacement teeth looking healthy and white.
By far, the safest and most effective way to get your dentures as white and clean-looking as they can possibly get is to schedule an appointment with your dentist. They can polish them and remove stains in a matter of minutes. In fact, if you take your restorations in to be professionally cleaned every six months, they’ll continue to look great.
How Can You Prevent Your Dentures From Becoming Stained?
The best way to prevent your dentures from looking discolored and stained is to clean them regularly at home. This helps prevent plaque from clinging to the surface of them, creating a comfy home for tannins to bind to. These are a compound found in stain-causing foods like red wines and soy sauce that discolor teeth over time.
When you routinely clean your dentures, are mindful of what foods and beverages you’re consuming, and use the proper non-abrasive cleaning products and techniques, you can enjoy happy and healthy-looking replacement teeth for years to come.
About the Author
Dr. Eva Boldridge is passionate about helping restore her patients’ smiles and boosting their confidence by replacing their missing teeth. She completed an advanced, three-year residency program in prosthodontics as well as a one-year fellowship in Maxillofacial Prosthodontics in the Dental Oncology Department at MD Anderson Cancer Care Center. She is also an active member of several professional organizations, including the Houston Minority Dental Society. For questions or to schedule a denture cleaning, visit The Dental People’s website or call 281-769-7648.