I’ve only had my dentures for 3 years and they look dingy. I paid too much for them for them to look like this. My dentist keeps telling me to use denture cleaner, but I do that regularly and I keep my dentures clean, very clean. I’m beginning to think that the dentures are low quality, even though they were expensive. I want to preserve them as long as possible so I don’t have to get new ones but the color of the denture teeth is bothering me. My sister suggested that I try whitening strips on them. Will this work? What brand do you recommend? Thanks. Ethel
Ethel – The situation with your dentures is unfortunate. It does sound like you’ve invested in poor-quality dentures. Neither teeth whitening strips nor any other form of whitening will change the color of your dentures. The teeth in the appliance are colorfast. Although stains can be removed from them with denture cleaner, you won’t be able to make them lighter than the original color.
It seems that you’re taking good care of your dentures. Although teeth whitening won’t work, continue to do what you can to preserve them. Below are a few tips.
- Use pastes and cleaners specifically designed for dentures. Many types of toothpaste are too abrasive for denture teeth.
- Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to clean the appliance and your gums, tongue, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth.
- Remove your dentures before you sleep overnight.
- Avoid boiling your dentures. Extreme heat can permanently destroy the shape.
- Don’t bleach your dentures. Bleach is not meant for oral appliances, and it can be toxic.
- If stubborn stains aren’t removed with denture cleaner, they can be ultrasonically cleaned in your dentist’s office.
- Keep your dentures moist. Safely store them in a mild soaking solution.
- Ensure you store your appliance out of the reach of children and pets.
In time you will need new dentures. When you do, find an accredited cosmetic dentist. He or she is trained in dental aesthetics. You will receive high-quality, cosmetic dentures that look natural. Your prosthesis will be customized to complement your facial features and preferences. You’ll have input on the shape and color of the denture teeth, too.
This post is sponsored by Lowell, MA cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.