You remember when you first got your dentures? Their sparkly bright whiteness was almost blinding: Your smile could basically outshine everything except the sun. As time went on, however, the whiteness of your dentures began to fade, they even possibly started turning yellow. Thankfully, you don’t need to look for a new set of dentures to get back that million-dollar smile.
Why Do Dentures Get Discolored?
Your dentures are made from acrylic, which picks up stains really easy. As time goes by, the liquids and foods you eat can naturally cause the discoloration of your dentures, just as they would stain your real teeth. The main culprits are coffee, berries, tomato sauce, and red wine.
Another huge factor in denture discoloration is tobacco use: The smoke from cigarettes can coat your dentures with tar and nicotine, giving them a yellowish tint. To stay on the safe side, try to consume foods and liquids that are lighter in color, and for the sake of your lungs, lay off the cigs.
How to Whiten Stained Dentures
Establishing a daily cleaning routine is the easiest way to prevent your dentures from losing their original, glossy appearance, or to restore their whiteness.
- Remove your dentures from your mouth and rinse them under running water to get rid of loose food particles.
- Use a soft or regular toothbrush to brush your denture. Although you should avoid a regular toothpaste with abrasives, you can still use water, denture paste or non-abrasive toothpaste.
- Soak dentures in a denture cleaning solution or water overnight. Another option is to use fast acting cleansers first and then keep dentures in the water afterwards. Follow instructions on the pack of the cleanser. For partial dentures, make sure you use cleaning solution for partials.
- Rinse your denture with water well in the morning before putting it in your mouth.
- Repeat this every day for a clean, white set of dentures.
If you want to see the best results, use cleaning products that are formulated to clean your dentures. You can get denture cleansers in a tablet form you can dissolve in water or they are available as a denture soaking solution that cleans the dentures overnight.
If the staining doesn’t seem to go away after home cleaning, consider consulting your dental professionals. Using their medical equipment, they will be able to remove surface stains in a matter of minutes, giving back your dentures their glossy whiteness.