Can Dentures Be Whitened?

September 30, 2020 2:01 am

Older man in a green sweater smiles with white dentures in Temple Terrace, FL

Losing teeth can negatively impact your quality of life. Dentures restore your smile and ability to eat your favorite foods, to speak, and to smile with confidence! Some patients wonder if dentures will change color and need to be whitened. Read on to learn the answer!

Types of Dentures

There are several types of dentures. Partial dentures are great if you still have some natural teeth. Using plastic or metal clips, we connect the partial dentures to your remaining teeth to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth. We customize the look and color of your artificial teeth so they blend in with the rest of your smile.

Full dentures are for when you’ve lost all or nearly all the teeth in your upper or lower arch. These consist of an acrylic base with realistic-looking artifical teeth attached. They can be held in place with dental adhesive, fixed with dental implants, or be clipped into implants while still remaining removable.

Whether you get partial or full dentures, there are many benefits. They help prevent sunken cheeks, restore your appearance, and let you chew properly again!

Can Dentures Be Whitened?

Dentures are made of a different material than your natural teeth. That means professional whitening and over-the-counter whitening strips won’t work. We also don’t recommend household cleaners, harsh teeth-whitening toothpaste, baking soda, or lemon juice. You can actually damage your dentures using these.

The good news is that porcelain dentures are more resistant to stains than your natural teeth. To keep your dentures looking their best, prevention of stains is the best course of action.

Rinse your dentures after consuming anything that stains, like coffee, tea, wine, or tomato sauce. When cleaning your dentures, a special denture cleaner and denture brush works best. Store your dentures in a dentist-approved soaking solution when you’re not using them. With good care, your dentures will stay clean and white.

If you feel self-conscious about the color your dentures, consult with our team about your options!

More Questions? We Have Answers!

Henson Family Dental custom-crafts your dentures to feel comfortable and look natural so you are satisfied with them! Our Temple Terrace office is also family-friendly, modern, and equipped with relaxing patient amenities.

If you have questions about how to care for your dentures or you are interested in our other dental services, please contact us today.