There are several ways to whiten your false teeth using home remedies. The best thing about doing this at home is that you will save a lot of money compared to having the job done professionally. Plus, the materials used are available at most grocery stores or pharmacies so you do not need to look for specialty products. Many of them you may already have at home.
Before you start using any home remedy, remember to exercise caution. Be careful when using any kind of product that can cause skin irritations of any kind. By taking the proper precautions, you will have better results. However, be aware that since the following suggestions are ‘cheap alternatives’ to professional whitening, the results you will experience may vary.
Here are some home remedies to consider:
1. Kitchen Products
There are several easy ways to whiten dentures using everyday products that are commonly located in your kitchen at home. Salt is a good one as it is a known bleaching agent. You can brush your teeth with a little salt and water, or soak your dentures overnight in a solution of water with a tablespoon of salt mixed in. Either way, your false teeth will look whiter.
White vinegar is another easy option which will not only whiten your dentures, it will fight bacterial growth as well. Soak your false teeth in a solution of water and white vinegar for best results. Baking soda is one more kitchen solution. Soaking your false teeth in water and baking soda will not only clean them, you will be deodorizing them at the same time.
2. Natural Teeth Cleaning Method
Don’t forget that one of the best ways to whiten dentures at home is by doing some of the same things you would do with natural teeth. Removing food particles by brushing and flossing is one of the best ways to eliminate plaque build-up which leads to discoloration.
With this in mind, brushing your false teeth with a soft bristle brush and toothpaste designed specifically for dentures will clean your false teeth by removing food particles and plaque. Denture toothpaste is made differently than regular toothpaste, so make sure that you use the specially formulated toothpaste for dentures.
While regular toothpaste is abrasive on false teeth, flossing is not. In fact, regularly flossing your dentures will keep them clean, whiten them and extend their life.
So by following a similar routine to what you do with natural teeth is a great way to keep your dentures clean and white.
3. Hydrogen Peroxide
An extremely effective way to clean false teeth is by gently brushing them with hydrogen peroxide. Be sure to wear gloves when you do this and you will see the effects almost immediately. This chemical contains an abrasive that gently scrubs away at the surface of false teeth making them whiter and brighter with a single application.
4. Commercial Products
Your local drugstore will carry various denture cleaning products ranging from denture cleanser paste and tablets, denture baths and even ultrasonic denture cleaners. Each is effective and designed to be gentle on false teeth but tough on stains and bacteria.
Several are specifically for regular cleaning programs and all are safe to use. Generally speaking, each is affordable and a quick and easy solution to whitening dentures.
Things to Remember
As is the case with any kind of alternative to a professional cleaning, remember to follow the instructions included. When you are giving your dentures any kind of whitening treatment, be sure to rinse them off before and after applying anything to them. Before inserting them back into your mouth, pat them dry with a towel or cloth and be careful not to drop them.
Also, the material dentures are made with is porous. This means that they are considerably softer than natural teeth and can be scratched or marked if you are not careful. If you use a brush, be sure to use a soft bristle type. With any kind of liquid solution, always mix them with water to reduce the risk of damage that may occur with a strong cleaning agent.
Test Different Methods
When it comes to home remedies for whitening false teeth, it is important to try different methods to see what kind of results are achieved. Some methods will be better than others. It really depends on how you take care of your dentures. Once you find an option that works best for you, try to stick to it and use it on a regular basis – weekly at the very least. This way you will have whiter dentures for longer, as well as giving your confidence a boost.
About the Author:
Jade Roberts owns and operates False Teeth Options which provides valuable information and resources regarding false teeth, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry to people of all ages.