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Can dentures be whitened?

 You’ve probably seen stained teeth—coffee, nicotine, wine, cola and even just regular daily wear and tear can slowly change the color of your regular teeth. Even as you age, your teeth will begin to darken. That’s why people go to the dentist to get tooth whitening treatments or try to apply home whitening solutions.

What about dentures, though? Dentures are made of different material than your natural teeth. Is it possible to whiten them the same way as teeth?

Absolutely.

Making your dentures like new

Dentures are usually made of either porcelain or a very hard acrylic resin, and just like your regular teeth they can pick up stains. Keeping them clean of stains in the first place is something that can keep you from having to get them professionally whitened as often. If you can keep them from ever drying out as well as cleaning them regularly, you’ll be able to stay on top of any stains.

In addition, if you eat or drink something that you know stains dentures and teeth—cola, coffee, or other such items—rinsing the dentures afterwards can help with staining. You can use home denture cleaning solutions to keep stains from building up as well.

Sooner or later, though, you’ll have to bring your dentures in to a dentist to get them cleaned. In most cases, dentists recommend once or twice a year. The cleaning only takes a few minutes and will polish them back to the finish they had when they were new. This is also a good time to look for any stained or broken teeth for replacement. Keep an eye out for issues that occur over time with your dentures.

Time for a cleaning?

Your teeth are important for first impressions, and if you have dentures they’re no different. Make sure you keep them free of stains and get them regularly cleaned. Our dentistry office offers cleaning and repair services that can help you get your smile back into full working order. Give us a call or a visit and we’ll be happy to help you out.