A dental ultrasonic cleaner is the best way to keep your false teeth clean, but it should not be the only cleaning tool you use. While studies conducted in 2000 showed how ultrasonic cleaning is the most effective way of removing microscopic debris, brushing is still the best way to remove the larger particles.
What makes ultrasonic cleaners best for dentures is that a dental plate of false teeth is porous. They can also contain tiny scratches that are smaller than the width of a denture cleaning brush bristle. These are the places where microorganisms can accumulate and grow. Brushing alone cannot remove them.
How An Ultrasonic Dental Cleaner Works
An ultrasonic cleaner is a water bath that incorporates vibrations to remove bacteria. This happens in one of two ways. The tiny bubbles formed by the vibrations pop and create a shock wave that loosens debris on the surface of the dentures. This is followed by the constant movement of liquid being swished around and against the surface.
The popping bubbles combined with the washing away action essentially ‘scrub’ dentures clean. What this means is that without actually touching the surface of the dentures with a brush, the microscopic particles and debris are removed.
How To Use An Ultrasonic Denture Cleaner
- Step 1 – Thoroughly brush the dentures with a denture cleaning brush.
- Step 2 – Fill the ultrasonic cleaner tank with the solution recommended by the brand manufacturer. (You can substitute a few drops of dishwashing liquid in tap water).
- Step 3 – Gently place your dentures into the tank ensuring they are completely submerged.
- Step 4 – Turn the unit on and allow it to complete the pre-programmed cleaning cycle.
- Step 5 – Turn off the cleaner and remove the dentures. Rinse them thoroughly under a tap.
In an effort to help you choose the best denture cleaner for your specific needs, here are four worth considering for use at home:
iSonic F3900 Ultrasonic Cleaner for Dentures, Retainers and Mouth Guards
The compact size of this unit makes it an easy-to-use tabletop cleaner. It uses sound waves to penetrate into those places brushes and picks can’t reach or clean effectively.
The manufacturer also makes the denture cleaning powder designed for use with this product which operates on either 100 or 120V services. The cleaning cycle lasts five minutes and starts at the touch of a button.
For more information on the iSonic F3900 Ultrasonic Cleaner, click here, and see it in action in the video below…
DTMCare Denture Cleaner with UV Ultrasonic Sterilization
This ultrasonic dental cleaner utilizes innovative use of UV light to create the first multi-function washer of its kind. The vibrations reach up to 8,000 times per minute which the manufacturer says will power away stain from not only dentures but jewelry as well.
The UV light technology also provides for sterilization, deodorization, and washing all at once. Plus, this unit does not need any other chemicals to do the job… just add water.
For more information on the DTM CareUV Ultrasonic Sterilizer, click here.
DB-Tech Sonic Sanitize Ultrasonic Digital Denture Cleaner
This ultrasonic cleaner for dentures product is extremely easy to use. You just fill the tank with water and insert your dentures.
The unit has an automatic 3-minute cleaning cycle and shuts off when complete. The system creates millions of microscopic bubbles thanks to the 42,000 cycle ultrasonic energy wave.
The manufacturer suggests combining the use of this cleaner with soaking of your false teeth in a denture cleaning tablets solution for best results.
For more information on the DB-TechUltrasonic Digital Denture Cleaner, click here.
iSonic D3800A Digital Ultrasonic Cleaner
Here is a product that not only cleans dentures, glasses and watches, it is also a great ultrasonic retainer cleaner. It features an easy-to-clean stainless steel tank and digital timer with five different cycle settings.
There is a manual on/off switch and it comes complete with a plastic basket and a watch stand. The manufacturer also suggests using a cleaning solution made for the cleaner for best results.
For more information on the iSonic Digital Ultrasonic Cleaner, click here.
iSonic CSDW01 Ultrasonic Cleaning Powder
While you can just use water in your ultrasonic denture cleaner, it does not do as good a job as a denture cleaner solution specifically made to clean dentures.
One such product is the iSonic CSDW01 Ultrasonic Cleaning Powder.
You add between ½ to 1 teaspoon of this to 1 cup of plain tap water, and this helps to remove tough stains and calculus build-up.
This professional strength cleaner works in as little as 15 minutes and can work on dentures and all other dental appliances as well.
For a closer look at the iSonic Ultrasonic Cleaning Powder, click here.
Why Not Try An Ultrasonic Cleaner For Your Dentures?
There is no doubt that an ultrasonic denture cleaner does an effective job in cleaning false teeth. However, they should not be used exclusively. Daily cleaning with a proper denture brush is recommended with nightly soaking of dentures in water or a cleaning solution. For a thorough cleaning on a regular basis, an ultrasonic cleaning unit may be your best bet.
As for which one will work the best for you, that is a decision best left up to you, however some ultrasonic cleaners for dentures on the market are designed to be used for more than just denture cleaning, and this may assist you in making your decision.