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Teeth Whitening and Dentures?

Teeth Whitening and Dentures?

Do you feel like your denture teeth are stained or discoloured and you want to whiten them? Are you considering whitening your natural teeth, but you have dentures?

The main question is, can denture teeth be whitened? In short NO. Denture teeth can have superficial surface staining that can be cleaned or polished to whiten but the actual denture teeth themselves can not be whitened.  Denture teeth are different than natural teeth and do not respond to whitening kits, whitening solutions or whitening toothpaste. Denture teeth are made of acrylic that is composed of a set shade and that shade can not be altered or changed. You can damage or weaken the denture teeth with teeth whitening chemicals. Depending on the quality of denture teeth in your denture there may be deep staining or discolouration because of porosity, but usually higher quality teeth are less inclined to discolour or stain. If, this is true, then why are there many videos and blogs online that say you can white denture teeth?

The staining that is seen on your dentures are usually superficial, a build-up of biofilm, plaque and calculus can coat your denture teeth and discolour making it seem like your teeth are stained. If proper cleaning is done staining should not occur because there would be no chance for staining to develop. Dentures need to be professionally cleaned when the staining does not come off from your daily brushing. A simple professional polish can make your denture seem like new. Bring them to your denturist to see if this is possible.

What if you are planning to get a new single upper denture and your natural teeth are stained? You should get your natural teeth cleaned with your dentist first, then whiten your natural teeth to the shade you want them to be before getting dentures to match. When getting dentures, tooth shades are usually matched to your natural teeth. If you plan on getting whiter teeth before whitening your natural teeth, the natural teeth may not whiten to the denture shade. The different shades between your denture teeth and natural teeth may not look ideal aesthetically. Once the denture teeth are chosen and set, they cannot be changed or whitened unless you get a new denture made. Therefore, it is recommended to get your natural teeth to the shade you want before investing in dentures. If you are getting complete dentures without natural teeth, you can choose any shade you like.

DO’s and DON’T’s

There are a lot of recommendations for denture whitening online, here are some of our recommendations at Woodside Denture Centre.


  • Scrub your dentures with Whitening Toothpaste
    • It does not work; it will not whiten the denture teeth and it will wear down your dentures quicker because toothpaste contains abrasives which can also scratch the denture creating more build-up and actually increase staining.
  • Soak your denture in Bleach
    • Bleach can damage or weaken the acrylic of your dentures and teeth. Some sources tell you to dilute it, but we recommend staying away from it all together especially if you have a soft or temporary liner.
    • Bleach also does not penetrate biofilm or break down calculus build up.
    • The denture will soak up the bleach which can cause chemical burns to the gums.
  • Do not try to whiten your dentures with teeth whitening products, it will not work.


  • Properly clean your dentures daily to prevent build-up and staining
    • Use low abrasive cleaners and a soft-bristle toothbrush, but do not scrub too hard
  • Soak dentures in Denture specific cleaners
    • Always brush first before soaking overnight, just soaking it will not penetrate through the biofilm build-up.
    • There are commercial grade denture cleaners like “Nu-dent” which are great for more serious staining and build-up without harming your dentures. These cleaners can usually be purchased at or through your denture clinic. Not recommended for soft or temporary liners.
  • For a more natural overnight soaking approach
    • Use white vinegar or baking soda, this can loosen up the stained plaque making it easier to brush off.
    • For baking soda, 2-3 teaspoons of baking soda and enough warm water to fully immerse the dentures.
    • Always brush first before you soak your dentures
  • Get your dentures professionally cleaned and polished
    • This can make your dentures like new again. Having smooth surfaces will minimize build-up on dentures.
Dentures or Dental Implants Outside North America?

Dentures or Dental Implants Outside North America?

Have you considered getting your dental implants outside of North America? The idea can be quite enticing, a nice vacation, cheap pricing for dental work, dentures and dental implants. Those may be some good reasons to cross the borders to get dental work done, but here are some reasons why you should think twice. There are some people who are lucky and encounter no issues with their dental work, but there are many people who are not as lucky. There are many people who come home from their trip to find problems with their dentures or dental implants. If you have the finances, go back to where you got the work done to enjoy another vacation is nice and hopefully, they can fix the problem. If they can not address and fix the problem that visit, it may cost you multiple trips. If finances are not in your favor and you are having issues with your dental work, you may try seeing a local Denturist or Dentist to fix your issues. At that point, it can get complicated if you need to see a local dental practitioner to fix certain issues.

When presenting dental implants, dental work or dentures issues from another country to a local Denturist or Dentist, the problem arises if no one here wants to deal with it. The reason for this is that dental professionals may not know where to begin fixing an issue depending on the severity. When getting work done in a different country the issues are:

  • Unknown Infection prevention & control standards
  • Lack of information from procedures done
  • Complications during procedures
  • Unknown quality control standards
  • Types of materials used may vary greatly from North America
  • Types and Brands of implants may be unknown or may not be accessible in North America
  • Improper placement of implants
  • Dentures could be poorly fabricated

Getting dental work out of the country may save you some money if you are lucky, but in the end, you may spend more money trying to fix issues. Problems without of country dentures and implants are more common than you may think. If you are considering getting dental work done from out of the country, make sure you think twice and stay with a local specialist.

Sleeping with Dentures

Sleeping with Dentures

Keeping Dentures in or Taking Dentures Out? 

As a recommendation, dentures should always be taken out when going to sleep. Though this may be true, sleeping with dentures out may not be for everyone. This information is intended to help you decide whether you should sleep with them out or why you may need to keep them in.

  • Circulation
    • Like all soft tissue in our body circulation is vital for health. If your denture is in all the time, circulation is restricted. When circulation is restricted, fresh blood with nutrients & oxygen are restricted which can cause gum irritation and accelerate ridge resorption.
    • Imagine a long day wearing your socks. When you take them off you can see the grooves on your ankle. The socks restrict circulation just like your dentures do in your mouth.
    • Sleeping with them out allows your gums to breathe while replenishing blood flow and nutrients overnight.
  • Bacteria
    • The saliva sitting underneath your dentures all night creates the perfect environment for bacteria to harbor
    • The Bacteria can cause gum irritation and halitosis (bad breath)
    • Studies have shown the elderly population with poor oral hygiene who sleep with dentures in have a higher risk of pneumonia
  • Breathing
    • Studies have shown that wearing dentures to sleep can increase cases of sleep apnea.
  • Clenching or Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
    • Clenching and grinding while wearing your dentures to sleep can be very hard on your teeth, dentures and your gums underneath. This causes accelerated wear to teeth and gums and increases the possibility of breaking your denture.
    • Sleeping with dentures out can help or hinder your jaw, so if sleeping with your dentures reduces the pain in your jaw be sure to look into a mouth guard to protect your dentures
    • Clenching and Grinding can also be from a denture that is loose or too worn down. Your mouth will clench to keep dentures in place.
  • How Dentures Fit
    • Dentures fitting too Tight can cause gum irritation, sore spots, inflammation and lack of circulation resulting in bone loss
    • Dentures fitting too Loose can cause movement in dentures resulting in gum irritation, sore spots, clenching, and denture breakage. The rubbing of dentures can cause accelerated bone loss

If you decide to sleep with your dentures in, here are some tips to keep your mouth and gums healthy.

  • Oral hygiene is very important, make sure you clean your dentures properly before you go to bed and in the morning.
    • Use a soft bristle toothbrush for your gums.
    • Use alcohol free mouthwash with a soft bristle toothbrush and lightly brush and massage your gums. This will clean and help to promote circulation to your gums
    • If the soft bristle brush is too abrasive or it tickles too much, use a warm wet face cloth and your finger to clean and massage your gums.
  • Have a set time at night where you can take your dentures out at night before bed so you have some time for the gums to rest.
    • Does not need to be at night time, a more accommodating time throughout the day works as well.
    • As long as you can make time to let your gums rest anytime works.
  • Assess your mouth and gums on a regular basis;
    • Do your gums seem to be more red than usual when you take your dentures out?
    • Are your gums looking or feeling irritated?
    • Constantly getting sore spots?
    • Are your gums looking puffy or swollen?
    • Is your jaw tired or sore in the morning when you wake up?
  • Consider investing in a mouth guard to protect your dentures at night, especially if you have a tendency to clench or grind.
  • Keep up with your yearly oral exam yearly and recommended scheduled relines usually every 2 years
  • If your dentures are worn down and loose, it may be time to look into a new set of dentures.
    • The recommended replacement is every 5 – 7 years



Why Do Dentures Cost so much?

Why Do Dentures Cost so much?

Did your recent quote for dentures leave you wondering, why do they cost so much?  Below are some factors that help determine the price of your dentures.

Quality of Materials – From impressions to teeth, to the acrylic used, it is very important that only high-quality materials are used. It is very important because if cheaper quality materials are used the denture may be less accurate in fit causing looseness, the teeth may also wear down faster or you may experience more sore spots.

Dentures are Constructed by Hand – Every mouth is unique, not one denture is identical to another. Regardless if the dentures are outsourced to a dental lab or made in-house, dentures are handcrafted with each individual tooth being set one at a time.

Ongoing Educational Advancements – Continuing education is very important as a Denturist, so we can offer the best products and services available on the market. With dentures, in general, there are many limitations, so using advanced techniques is the key to maximize your dentures potential for success. Even though this may affect the price, finding a denturist that is well experienced with the latest technology like digital dentures can save you multiple trips for adjustments in the long run.

High-Quality Tools and Equipment – Dentures may have a certain degree of distortion depending on how it is processed. A well-equipped lab with high-quality equipment can provide you with dentures that have minimal distortion after processing. Higher quality equipment also provides the opportunity to take higher precision measurements that mimic your jaw, providing you with a better functioning denture.

Quality of Overall Dentures – There are many different qualities of dentures, ranging from economy to premium quality. When we talk about quality, it can refer to the teeth, acrylic used, type of impression materials, the occlusal scheme of the teeth, how the denture is processed and even what device is used to set the teeth to make the denture. Depending on what is used and how it is made the prices can fluctuate.

Base prices of dentures are determined according to Fee Guide set by the College of Alberta Denturist. On the other hand, insurance companies determine how much they cover based on their own fee guides and every insurance company is different. Consultations at Woodside Denture Centre are free, and a pre-determination can be done to see how much your insurance will cover.

Why dentures take so long to make?

Why dentures take so long to make?

Did you recently go for a consultation for new dentures? Were you given a timeline for the new denture but wonder why it is going to take so long? When it comes to getting dentures made properly, certain steps and procedures need to be taken to ensure you receive high-quality dentures. The mouth has a unique environment, the gums are sensitive, soft, boney, mobile, and moist. In the mouth, the denturist also must consider the movement of the tongue, pooling of saliva and your temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) which is one of the most complicated joints in the body. The mouth is also always changing, the boney ridge that supports the dentures is constantly shrinking, medications can dry out your mouth and how you bite, or chew can adopt bad habits affecting your denture experience. In consideration of all that, it is nice to know that your denturist is investing the time needed to calculate all these variables in constructing a quality denture personal to you. Getting a denture from a denture clinic also means you are getting the dentures made in house, this means that your custom denture doesn’t get sent off to a lab and changes can be made and take less time.

Here are some reasons why it takes time for your dentures to be made.

Getting a Custom Final Impressions – Although dentures can be made from a preliminary alginate impression it may not be the best choice. This is the initial impression that is a big mouthful using an average stock tray. Making a denture on a basic preliminary impression will usually give you a denture that fits looser, is too long or needs extra adjusting because of sore spots. Doing a final impression may take an extra appointment but a custom impression tray is made from the stone model from the preliminary impression. This means the impressions tray is made custom to your mouth and using poly-vinyl material the impression produced will be highly detailed and substantially more accurate than a preliminary alginate impression. A denture made from a final impression, you can expect it to be better fitting, less bulky, not too long, and fewer adjustments.

Pin tracing bite registration – Properly recording a bite can be considered the most important step in making a denture. Incorrectly recording the bite can cause a cascade of issues, not only for comfort but more importantly it can damage the temporal-mandibular joint. Although pin tracers can be considered an extra step or an extra appointment in recording the bite, it is sometimes it is combined with the final impression appointment. Doing this extra recording can save you many trips of adjustments and discomfort. It is particularly important for people who have worn dentures for a while and have acquired bad habits in the way they bite. Pin tracing is usually included in premium dentures because it precisely registers the bite, creating a better functioning denture

All the teeth are set individually by hand into wax – Many people think dentures are commercially manufactured. Although the teeth themselves are manufactured, how the teeth are placed and where they are placed in the dentures are still individually placed by hand. Therefore, every denture is unique, every tooth is strategically placed by hand to maximize aesthetics and function. Once the teeth are placed, the wax is artistically carved to look like your gums. When finished the wax denture is ready for the client to try-in.

More than 1 wax try-in appointment – The main goal is to create a denture that looks great when you smile, at the same time function properly. Usually, things go smoothly, and the client approves how everything looks and feel in the first wax try-in appointment and can be made into the finished denture. At times more than 1 wax try-in appointment is needed, mainly to change or fix aspects of the wax denture before processing to the final dentures. Maybe the midline is not lining up, or the bite is not lining up and a new bite needs to be taken. Sometimes it is the aesthetics and the client want to change the look of the teeth multiple times. Many reasons can result in extra try-in appointments since it is at that time to make the changes before the final product where it can not be changed. Every time changes are needed the teeth may need to be reset, which also takes time. Keep in mind, at a denture clinic the lab is usually in-house where changes can be made faster if you are getting dentures made at a dentist the timeline may be different. At the dentist, usually lab work is sent out to a lab as not all dentists have in house labs and additional charges may be added for multiple changes.

Needing additional appointments with dentist for some dental work – depending on the prosthesis, sometimes you may need some extra dental work done. If you get partial dentures you may need to get rest preparations and proper teeth cleaning first. In this case, extra appointments may be needed, but usually will be discussed during the consultation before starting treatment.

When getting your dentures made from a denturist, the dentures are usually made by hand and intricately designed to fit the client’s mouth. Although it may feel like a long wait time before you get your dentures, it is for good reasons. But if you need your dentures quickly then you can choose Woodside Dentures’ Digital Denture Service at Airdrie. Book your free denture consultation at (403) 948-0954

5 Reasons why you might not be a Good Candidate for Dentures

5 Reasons why you might not be a Good Candidate for Dentures

Have you ever wondered what you will do when you start losing your teeth? Do you have a game plan for the health of your mouth? For many people thinking of losing teeth, they think of their parents or grandparents’ dentures. Although dentures are made to replace teeth that are missing, depending on your situation, dentures may not be the best option for everyone. Here are some reasons why you may not be a good candidate for dentures:

  1. Single tooth replacement

If you just lost one tooth and you’re looking to fill that space, a denture is not the greatest choice. You may have seen many hockey players using what is called a flipper, to fill in the space of the missing tooth. A flipper is short for a single tooth partial denture. Flippers are mainly used for aesthetics to fill in 1 of the front missing teeth. Functionally, flippers are not the greatest choice as they tend to break, cause lisping and make it hard to bite down and chew. Flippers are great as a temporary replacement, but the best treatment in this situation would be to get a single tooth implant.

If you have a single molar missing, flippers cannot be made and an implant or a bridge would be most ideal. It is important to fill the space when you have one or more teeth missing because the neighboring and opposing teeth will drift into the space causing further problems.

  1. A couple of teeth on one side

When it comes to partial dentures the dentures need to span from one side to the other. Partial dentures also rely on other teeth to keep stable. When you are missing a couple of teeth on just one side a partial denture may not be ideal. It may not feel very nice for you and be very challenging to get used to. If the person has tight occluding teeth, it can also get in the way of properly biting down. Once again in this situation implants or a bridge, would be more ideal for you than dentures.

  1. Sensitive to gagging

Dentures sit on top of the gums and they need to be a certain thickness, as well, the extensions need to be a certain length. People generally have little to no issues with dentures and sometimes there may be an adjustment period, but usually not a lasting issue. Sensitivity to gagging is usually more psychological or an immediate response. For the few that can not get past that, dentures may not be the best choice. Conventional dentures can get loose over time as the ridge shrinks and can trigger the gag reflex as well. The solution for someone who is REALLY sensitive to gagging would be dentures over implants. The dentures can be cut short, made less bulky, and can be anchored into your bone.

  1. Flat Ridges

How much bone you have left in your jaw can really influence your experience with dentures. If the dentures have nothing to sit on, it makes it hard for the dentures to be stable or create a seal for suction. This will result in the dentures being loose and unstable, making it hard to chew with dentures. Don’t be surprised if your dentures don’t fit nice like someone else you know.

If you have not lost all your teeth yet, it is very important to keep the remaining teeth and gums healthy. Periodontal disease can result in acceleration of bone loss and when you lose the teeth the remaining bone may be inadequate. This can make your experience with dentures not ideal.

  1. Oral Cancers

For anyone who may have experienced oral cancer with reconstructive surgery, anatomy and function may have changed. The changes in anatomy may make it hard for a conventional denture to properly sit down in place or for them to function properly. Oral cancer situations are case-specific and will need a proper assessment by a denturist or a dentist for the best treatment plan. It is also very important to get annual check-ups to keep your oral cavity healthy and to screen for possible oral cancers.

Regardless, if you feel like you relate to any of these reasons, you should contact your local Denturist or Dentist for a proper consultation. Creating a proper game plan is very important if you want the best for you the health of your mouth. Talking to a denturist or dentist can provide you with the best option moving forward, even if you relate to listed possible reasons.

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