Staining happens to dentures just like it happens to natural teeth. Unfortunately, unlike natural teeth, dentures can’t really be whitened. The best way to keep your dentures bright and beautiful is to start with high-end dentures, then take care of them properly.
Not all dentures are made of the same materials, and some are made of more stain resistant materials than others. In particular, the teeth can be very different between dentures.
In economy dentures, the teeth are made of the same material as the denture base, polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), a plastic. These plastic teeth are already somewhat porous, and they become more so over time as they erode from wear caused by eating or brushing your dentures. There are also many chemical agents that can attack the plastic (including alcohol and some home denture whitening methods).
Quality dentures have ceramic teeth. These ceramic teeth have a stain-resistant glaze that gives them a less porous surface and doesn’t allow staining molecules to stick. Ceramic teeth are also harder than PMMA teeth, so they don’t get worn down as much and keep their bright white color longer.
But no matter what kind of dentures you have, it’s important to care for them properly to avoid staining. Regular daily cleaning will go a long way to keeping your dentures white and bright.
Ultrasonic cleaners can be used to help you get your dentures clean at night, and they might also help keep your dentures from staining.
Beware of home remedies for whitening dentures. Many of the home remedies, such as peroxide or bleach, can attack your dentures similar to the way alcohol does. You might be able to use low concentrations of these briefly without damaging your dentures, but it’s dubious that it would help much. After all, these compounds whiten by breaking down the organic molecules that cause stains, and PMMA is also an organic molecule, so concentrations that can remove stains can also remove some of your denture material.
If you are looking for quality dentures in Philadelphia that can resist staining and keep their whiteness, please call (610) 272-0828 for an appointment with a Blue Bell denture dentist at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.
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