I have worn dentures for over six years. Overall, they have been fine. I’ve started to notice that they are becoming really stained and I’m wondering if it’s from smoking.
I’ve tried brushing them and it isn’t helping. I had a family function last week and I was embarrassed about how dark they are now. So, I used white nail polish to make them look nicer.
You don’t have to tell me that was a bad idea. But, now they look terrible. I feel like they are picking up all kinds of stains now. Do you think I can use nail polish remover to remove the polish? At least then they will go back to how they looked before.
-Gerald in New Mexico
Removable dentures are made of acrylic, which is similar to what most artificial nails are made of. The nail polish remover typically has acetone in it, which may damage the acrylic. So, using nail polish remover is a bad idea. It may end up damaging your denture more.
Now, there are some nail polish removers without acetone. But, that isn’t the way to go either. It is difficult to predict how different chemicals will react with it.
Even though you may be embarrassed about your nail polish decision, it will be best to schedule an appointment with your dentist. They may have some professional cleaners or special equipment to help clean them up.
If not, you may end up needing to replace it. If the fit is still good, it is possible that only the teeth that show when you smile need to be replaced. However, it is difficult to give specific recommendations without having seen your case in person. So, you’ll have to talk this over with your dentist.
Hopefully, you’ve learned that nail polish remover should not be used on stains. In the future, you can try soaking them in denture cleaner to help keep up with the stains. Also, you can used a soft-bristled toothbrush. Or baking soda or a gentle toothpaste can be used to help keep them looking nice. Just be sure to avoid any product that is abrasive and used for whitening. That will end up damaging your dentures too.
Lastly, I’m sure you’ve heard it before. But, quitting smoking is the best option. If that’s not possible, keep up with cleaning your denture daily to keep it clean.
This post is sponsored by Dr. Rick Lane, located in Petaluma, CA.