Do you remember when you first got your dentures? Their bright sparkly 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 dazzling smile: With a few tricks from Fixodent, you can learn how to clean denture stains and get your dentures back to their original shine in no time!
How to Prevent Denture Stains
The best way to keep your dentures from getting stained is to clean them properly every night:
- 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 a cleaning solution for partials.
- Rinse your denture well with water well in the morning before putting it in your mouth.
- Repeat this every day for a clean, white set of dentures.
By giving your dentures a daily clean, you can help ensure they have a long and pearly white life.
Furthermore, there are several foods and drinks that you should minimise your intake of if you want to make sure your dentures stay bright and shiny, such as coffee, tea, red wine, berries, tomato sauce, soy sauce and beetroot. Another huge factor in denture discolouration is tobacco use: The smoke from cigarettes can coat your dentures with tar and nicotine, giving them a yellowish tint. In case the thought of living a life without coffee and spaghetti scares you, just make sure to give your dentures a short rinse or a quick brush afterwards, to avoid the stains from setting in.
That said, stains aren’t the only thing that can harm your dentures: knowing how to remove plaque from dentures is also essential if you want to make sure that your dentures not only look good, but feel good, too.
How to Whiten Stained Dentures at Home
In addition to giving your dentures a good clean each day, they will need a more thorough clean and whitening from time to time. This will help remove any visible signs that your coffee, tea and other yellowing habits might have imprinted on them.
Handy DIY denture whitening methods include the use of white vinegar, baking soda, and purpose-made denture cleaners. One of the simplest ways to whiten your dentures is to pour equal parts vinegar and cold water into a glass and soak the dentures for 20-30 minutes, then just rinse them off. It’s really that easy!
We recommend that you stick to cleaning products that were specifically formulated to clean your dentures. You can get denture cleansers in a tablet form that dissolves in water, but liquid denture cleaning solutions designed for an overnight soak are also available. These denture cleaning products will help loosen and remove the particles staining your dentures.
How to Whiten Your Dentures Professionally
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 and polish your dentures for a brand-new look and a fresh feel in a matter of minutes, giving back your dentures their glossy whiteness. It is generally advised to have your dentures cleaned by a professional twice a year, unless your dentist instructs you otherwise.
Things to Beware of
When using household products (like vinegar and baking soda) to clean your dentures, it’s crucial that you steer clear of anything that might damage them in the process. Avoid scrubbing your dentures with grainy household cleaners (like a harsh toothpaste) and stiff-bristled brushes, as well as rinsing them under hot water.
Frequently Asked Questions on How to Remove Stains from Dentures
|Question ||Answer |
|Can you use bleach on dentures?||You shouldn’t use cleaning product containing bleach on your dentures, as it can weaken them and alter their colour. |
|How do you remove brown stains from dentures? ||Blue, brown, yellow – regardless of the stain’s colour on your dentures, you can rest assured knowing that soaking your dentures overnight in a denture cleaning solution should help remove most of it. In case you’re dealing with a more stubborn stain, consult your dental professional. |
|Will vinegar damage dentures? ||Vinegar is a relatively safe DIY solution for stained dentures, so as long as you’re mixing it with cold water, you should be okay. |
|How do you clean badly stained dentures? ||For most stains, a quick overnight soak in a denture cleaning solution is enough to give your denture back their original lustre. However, if the stain doesn’t seem to go away despite your best efforts, you should consider having your dentures cleaned by a professional. |
|Can you whiten dentures? ||Sure, you can! You can find several denture-whitening methods in the above sections, as well as a short write-up on how to prevent denture stains. |
|Can fake teeth turn yellow? ||Yes. Your dentures are made from acrylic, which picks up stains really easily. As time goes by, the liquids and foods you eat can naturally cause your dentures’ discolouration, just as they would stain your real teeth.|
|What causes brown stains on dentures? ||Brown stains on your dentures are usually the result of highly pigmented foods and drinks, such as curry, coffee and tea, but nicotine stains caused by smoking can also have a brownish tinge to them. |
If you keep these tips and tricks in mind, your dentures will stay as white as they were on the day you got them! If you want even more confidence and comfort when you wear your dentures, use Fixodent’s denture adhesives every day. These adhesives are easy to use and the product ensures your dentures stay in place, so it’s a quick and invisible solution that also stops food particles getting stuck between your gums and your dentures.