Older Denture Teeth Are Likely to Be More Stained
The first thing to consider is the age of the appliance, as dentures really need to be replaced every 3 to 6 years. Older denture teeth are far more likely to become stained, and the pink acrylic base may also begin to look rather worn depending on how well it has been looked after. Once the denture is several years old it’s likely it won’t fit very well, but one of the problems with this is that it’s very easy to get used to an ill-fitting denture and to compensate by using too much denture adhesive to stop it from moving around, or to simply learn to eat and speak in a slightly different way.
Regardless of whether or not the acrylic teeth are heavily stained, wearing an ill-fitting denture isn’t good for oral health. It’s more likely to rub and could increase the rate of bone loss in the jaw making it even more likely to move around. In addition a denture that doesn’t fit very well can be quite aging; well-fitting dentures support the cheeks and lips correctly creating a more youthful appearance.
Why Do Acrylic Teeth Stain? It Could Be down to Lifestyle Choices
Although the answer to do acrylic teeth stain is yes, the degree of staining can be dependent on lifestyle choices. There have been numerous studies looking at the color stability of different denture teeth. These studies have exposed denture teeth to various different staining drinks and foods, and regardless of the type of acrylic teeth used, one of the worst offenders is filter coffee or instant coffee. Other things that can significantly stain denture teeth include tea and cola. Obviously while this may mean that cutting down on highly colored foods and drinks prolongs the whiteness of denture teeth, it’s not always so easy to give up favorites such as coffee. So what is the answer?
Looking after Dentures Can Decrease the Risk of Acrylic Teeth Staining
Proper care of dentures could help reduce the risk of them becoming stained. There are lots of different cleaning solutions specifically designed for dentures, and quite often it’s possible to leave the dentures in overnight which may help to lift stains. Using an ultrasonic cleaner designed for dentures may also help, and will certainly leave the dentures feeling fresh and clean to wear. Other remedies include using diluted white vinegar to help lift the grimy stains. However it’s important to take care when trying to remove stains from acrylic teeth, as using something that’s too harsh and which isn’t designed specifically for dentures could end up damaging them. For instance it’s important never to use toothpaste on dentures as it’s much too abrasive.
So aside from proper denture care and paying extra attention to diet is there anything else that can be done to prevent acrylic teeth stains? Other than the measures listed above, the only other solutions are to choose porcelain denture teeth as these will be less susceptible to staining, or to look at replacing the dentures completely with an alternative such as an implant supported bridge. If you’re interested in this solution then it’s worth booking a consultation with Dr. Penchas to find out if it’s a viable alternative. If it is then you’ll no longer need to ask the question do acrylic teeth stain?