Teeth Whitening

Hansen Denture Center

Anthony J. Hansen, LD

Denturist located in Bellingham, WA

Having straight, white, and shiny dentures can boost your self-confidence because you’ll be able to smile without feeling embarrassed. Anthony J. Hansen, LD, at Hansen Denture Center in Bellingham, Washington, can help you keep your dentures white by removing stains and killing bacteria. For specific questions on whitening your dentures, call the office or schedule your appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What techniques can whiten my dentures?

Since dentures are made of a form of plastic called acrylic, Dr. Hansen cannot whiten them like natural teeth. Instead, he offers semiannual cleanings as a safe, affordable, and quick way to enhance the appearance of your dentures.

During your appointment, Dr. Hansen and his staff professionally polish your dentures, removing stubborn stains and plaque build-up.

Afterward, they place your dentures in an ultrasonic denture cleaner, which uses high-frequency sound waves to break up built-up bacteria within your dentures’ crevices. This is the best way to keep whiten your dentures so they look brand new.

The appointment is relatively fast, lasting between 15-30 minutes. Afterward, you can reinsert your dentures and look at your million-dollar smile.

How can I prevent my dentures from staining?

To minimize staining on your dentures, it’s important to remove food particles or else plaque builds up and gradually hardens to form calcified tartar.

The dental team suggests you clean your dentures every day by removing them and brushing them with denture paste or dishwashing liquid because regular toothpaste contains materials and chemicals that may harm your dentures.

Avoid using stiff-bristled toothbrushes because they can scratch the surface of your dentures. After brushing your dentures, soak them in a lukewarm water-based solution overnight since hot water could warp them.

Dr. Hansen suggests you limit your intake of certain foods and beverages such as tomatoes, sodas, and red wine. Also, to keep your dentures glistening, you should quit smoking.

What are the benefits of keeping my dentures glossy and white?

According to a poll done by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 96% of adults believe a whiter smile makes a person more attractive to potential partners. This same poll concluded that the majority of people see a beautiful smile as a significant advantage to achieving optimal professional success.

Keeping your dentures white and shin can yield the following benefits:

  • Better oral health
  • Feeling younger and more attractive
  • Increased self-confidence 

To keep your dentures white and polished, call Hansen Denture Center today or book your appointment online.