Caution: super-yellow nails, water-pruned fingers, and un-moisturized cuticles ahead! (>_<)
I started this experiment by picking up a box of Polident and checking out the basic instructions, but before I dunked my nails, I made sure to get a "Before" shot of them in all their yellow-stained glory.
Totally gorgeous, right? I am so proud. Time to dive in and get rid of some of this ick!
First I let the tap run until the water was nice and warm--pretty hot, really, about as warm as I could comfortably rest my hand in. Then I filled a bowl about halfway, plopped in a couple of denture cleaner tablets, and soaked my fingers in the fizz for about 25 minutes. It made a bit of a difference, and I decided a few hours later to hit 'em again, same way as before.
Not even close to "white" again, but these were some results I could definitely build on! After a few manicures I would give my nails another soak, wash, photograph, and enjoy the signs of improvement.
After the 6th treatment I decided to buff them too, which I hadn't done since I started this experiment, and not surprisingly, it also made a difference. You don't want to rely too heavily on buffing to get rid of the yellow, though, because over-buffing will weaken your nails. But every now and then, a good buff is a good idea...
So. A little time and a (very!) little effort, and while they were still on the road to recovery, it was obvious at this point that periodic soaking in denture cleaner makes a huge difference in getting rid of those dark, yellow stains. I highly recommend it.
One more thing I recommend? Scrubbing those nails. Not just after a denture bath but after taking off your nail polish too. I am convinced now that my horrible "before" stains were mostly due to the amount of acetone polish remover I use on my nails, so I've been washing them well with soap and a nail brush after each manicure comes off...and then every so often, I give them a little denture cleaner bath.
It's amazing what a difference these simple steps have made in helping my nails stay whiter!