The day you get a new set of dentures is exciting. They look and feel great – bright, beautiful and strong.
With wear, however, dentures can begin to lose colour and appear worn.
Can anything be done to improve the appearance? Can you whiten dentures at home?
Fortunately, there are a few effective denture brightening remedies and ways to help prevent discolouration from occurring in the first place.
Why Dentures Become Discoloured Over Time
Dentures are quite similar to natural teeth when it comes to staining. The same things that discolour enamel can also stain denture teeth.
There are two main reasons why staining occurs.
First, certain foods and beverages can discolour denture teeth, including:
- Coffee, tea, and dark sodas
- Red wine
- Certain spices (curry, turmeric)
- Balsamic vinegar
- Tobacco products.
The second thing that causes staining is lack of proper denture maintenance.
Taking care of your dentures is crucial. When plaque builds up on the surface of your dentures, it can make your dentures look dirty. Plus, plaque is sticky and can attract dark pigments even more.
Can You Whiten Dentures? Some Home Remedies That Might Help
The staining of dentures is common and can be tricky to avoid if one isn’t careful. Fortunately, they can be whitened and restored. How?
Cleaning dentures thoroughly is very important. A good way involves soaking them at night and brushing them twice daily, in the morning and in the evening. If you’re eating or drinking specific foods or beverages that may cause discolouration, it would also be beneficial to brush immediately after.
Brushing with a mixture of baking soda and glycerin, or fine-ground salt and glycerin can help to speed up the process as these are effective at removing surface stains.
If you have some professional whitening products for natural teeth, avoid using them on your dentures. The ingredients can erode the plastic, leading to damage and even more discolouration.
Your Toronto Denturist – the Best Solution for Brighter Dentures
Sometimes, no amount of cleaning may be able to remedy highly discoloured dentures. Thankfully, your Toronto denturist can help.
Our team uses cleaning solutions to make repairs that will help to improve the appearance of your dentures or we might advise replacing them altogether if there is sufficient wear, damage, and heavy staining.
Twogether Dentures can help you take care of your smile so that it remains healthy and beautiful over the long run!
Are your dentures looking a little worn out? Would you like to have a brighter-looking smile? We can help! Contact us today to schedule a denture consultation.