If you have dentures, you’re probably happy with the impressive results they provide for your mouth. Not only do they replace your missing teeth, but they give your smile an incredible overhaul that looks and feels great. However, just like your natural teeth, dentures are susceptible to staining and discoloration over time—meaning regular upkeep and care is crucial. Here are some ways you can whiten your dentures so that they’ll continue doing their job for the long run.
How To Whiten Your Dentures
When it comes to whitening your dentures, there are two main approaches; professional whitening, which is done at your dentist’s office, and at-home whitening.
Asking your dentist to clean your dentures is the best way to ensure that they receive the treatment they require. During a professional cleaning, your dentist can remove surface stains and polish your dentures in a matter of minutes, making them look brand new once again. This method is so effective that it’s usually only required twice a year!
If you’re going to clean your dentures yourself, the product and method that you use is especially important. According to the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario, a non-abrasive dental cleaner is all you need; just a quick overnight soak will help to loosen and remove stains from your dentures. Low-abrasive clear hand soap is okay too, if you pair it with a soft bristle toothbrush and brush gently.
How NOT To Whiten Your Dentures
Your dentures are a big investment, so it’s crucial that you avoid using certain products that could potentially damage them. Some methods that you should absolutely avoid include:
- At-home teeth whitening solutions – These products often contain bleach or other chemicals that can damage your dentures! They’re meant to be used for whitening your natural teeth, and they differ greatly from the at-home whitening solutions that are meant for your dentures.
- Abrasive cleaning products – Toothbrushes with stiff bristles, or harsh toothpastes and cleaners, can all scratch your dentures and compromise their sheen.
- Hot water – Dipping your dentures in hot water can warp them and cause permanent damage.
- Other household items – Chlorine solutions, glass cleaners, baking soda, lemon juice, and other similar mixtures can all damage and discolor your dentures, or even make you ill.
Tips For Preventing Future Staining
Choosing the correct whitening method is only part of the solution; consistent care and maintenance will also go a long way towards preserving your dentures and preventing future staining. Rinsing your dentures in warm (not hot) water or a cleaning solution when you’re not using them will protect their appearance and functionality. Using care whenever handling them is also advised as to not break or damage them. Finally, having your dentist check and clean them every six months is also a wise choice—dentists have access to professional cleaning products that get the job done.
Having dentures will work wonders for your smile—but only if those dentures are well-maintained! Be sure you’re using extra care whenever you take them out for a cleaning.
About the Practice
Lakeside Daytona Dentist serves patients in and around the Daytona Beach area. They are led by Dr. Gladston Silva and Dr. Lisset Gonzalez, who both share a passion for building relationships with their patients, listening to their unique needs, and helping them achieve a healthier, radiant smile. They offer many services including preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry, among others. If you have any questions about the article, or about whitening your dentures, you can contact the practice at their website or (386) 274-2021.