How to whiten dentures?

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How to Whiten Dentures

Just like your natural teeth, your dentures may become stained over time. However, there are some things you can do at home to whiten them. On the other hand, if you are not comfortable trying it yourself, you can schedule an appointment with the team at Legacy Dental to have them whitened.

Can You Whiten Dentures?

Yes, it is possible to whiten dentures that are stained and restore them to their original color. However, it is important to note that you cannot change the base color of your dentures with these remedies. Also, if the stains have been left for a long period of time, it will be harder to remove them.

How to Whiten Dentures at Home

If you've noticed that your dentures are not as white as they once were due to staining, there are some things you can use at home.


Dark-colored foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine, and berries can stain your dentures. The best way to avoid staining is to remove and rinse them after you've consumed these things. You can keep your dentures clean and increase their life expectancy with preventative maintenance.

How to whiten dentures

Denture Solution

You can find denture solution at your local pharmacy. When you remove your dentures before going to bed, place them in a container with denture solution. In the morning, brush them with a soft-bristled brush and rinse them with water.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is one of the most common ingredients in both over-the-counter and professional tooth-whitening products. You can use it at home to remove stains that have built up on the surface of your dentures.

Simply remove your dentures and coat them with hydrogen peroxide. Then, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush away the stains. Finally, rinse them thoroughly before placing them back in your mouth. Also, there is some research indicating that hydrogen peroxide may have antimicrobial properties- but more studies are required to confirm.

White Vinegar

Since white vinegar is a natural sanitizer that will destroy bacteria, it is a great option for cleaning dentures. When you remove your dentures before bed, place them in a container of vinegar. Before putting them back in the next morning, use a soft-bristled brush to remove stains.


You can place your dentures in a saltwater solution overnight to disinfect and sanitize them. Salt can also be used to clean dentures. Simply dip a moist toothbrush in salt and scrub away the stains.


We know that lemon juice contains citric acid, which is a bleaching agent. While it should never be used on natural teeth, soaking dentures in a combination of lemon juice and water for 30 minutes can lift away some stains. After soaking, rinse with cool water.

Baking Soda

Baking soda can be used to whiten natural teeth as well as dentures. In addition, baking soda eliminates odors. Simply use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a solution of baking soda and water to whiten your dentures.

Don’t Use Bleach

Don’t use bleach. Bleach will damage the material that your denture is made from.

Need Help Whitening Your Dentures?

These remedies can be used to restore your dentures back to their original color. If you want a lighter base color, you'll need to discuss this with the team at Legacy Dental. Schedule your appointment today so that we can help you whiten your dentures.


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