If you're wondering how to whiten dentures, you've come to the right place! Your dentures may be a bit old, and have become a bit dull, or the teeth may have become discolored. If so, then here are some tips on whitening dentures.
What can you do to brighten things up?
When it comes to how to whiten dentures, there are several things you can try. Here's a list, starting with the simplest.
The simplest, cheapest and best is a little liquid hand soap.
Then start to scrub slowly and carefully around the teeth. Don't be afraid to brush firmly, you won't cause any damage as long as you are using plain handwash soap.
IMPORTANT TIP - Be sure to hold your
denture low down in the basin or sink as you scrub. That way, if you
should drop them, they won't fall very far! Also, have some water in
the basin, too, to cushion the fall.
Only soak your dentures in a cleaner such as Steradent AFTER you have given them a good scrubbing as outlined above. Otherwise the cleaning solution will not work as well as it could do.
Also, only do this overnight soak once a week. If you use
a denture cleaning solution every night, the dentures may start to
bleach out, making the gum areas look very odd!
Third step - Use an ultrasonic denture cleaner. This is a more modern approach to denture care, and is the most hygienic way of keeping your dentures nice and clean.
Ultrasonic denture cleaners are small devices that you can soak your denture in, which also clean by ultrasonics. This gets into the smallest crevices of the denture surface, shifting any bacterial build-up and loosening staining.
Again, for this to work best, you have to scrub your dentures with a small soft nailbrush beforehand and also afterwards.
This will remove any loose microscopic particles that the ulrasonics have lifted from the denture but are still lying on the surface. You can read more about this option at ultrasonic denture cleaners.
Finally, you could use a dilute solution of household bleach. This is the first thing that most folks think about when searching for how to whiten dentures. BUT it's a bit risky, and I wouldn't normally advise it.
If your dentures are still quite stained after you have tried everything I've already recommended, your best bet is to get some new dentures made with whiter teeth.
But if you're short of time, and you want to try to whiten the teeth up for a special occasion, here's a run-down of how to whiten dentures for a last-ditch attempt.
Yet again, you MUST have tried all the steps above. Those are the safest and most effective.
For home bleaching of denture teeth, get some normal household bleach, and check the strength. You want LESS THAN 5%. This is extremely important.
DO NOT USE ANY BLEACH SOLUTION THAT IS STRONGER THAN 5%.
Now pour out about a quarter of a cupful, and gently add cold water until the cup is three quarters full. Be very careful not to get any bleach on your hands, in your eyes or your mouth. Also, be careful not to accidentally splash your clothing.
Now take your dentures, and just put them into the cup, into the diluted solution. Check the time, and wait 15 minutes. That's fifteen minutes.
After the fifteen minutes is up, hold the cup under the tap and slowly turn the tap on, so that you are slowly adding more water to the cup. Just let it fill up and overflow into the sink. Let the water run like this, washing out the bleach solution, for a full one minute.
Now lift your dentures out, pick up your soft nailbrush, and gently scrub all around the dentures under running water for another 2 minutes PER denture.
Once you have done that, put your dentures back into a cup or bowl of plain cold water, and let them soak in there for at least one hour. It is vital that you do this plain water soak for at least one hour, to remove the bleach solution that will have soaked into the acrylic of the denture.
If you do not soak your dentures in PLAIN water afterwards, your will burn your gums and mouth when you put the dentures back in.
So that's your guide on how to whiten dentures. I advise you very strongly to use the first three options, in the order I have listed them. The last option, using diluted household bleach, is a last resort, and should only be attempted when nothing else has worked. The real answer, of course, is to go and get some new dentures with whiter teeth!