A summer day. Me at the dentist. A couple of years ago. I was in a white little medical salon in my home country and it was so quiet. Usually, my mind is distracted by the creepy noise made by the drill, so I broke the silence. I asked my doctor ” How I can whiten my teeth at home safely, without destroying the enamel?” She looked at me saying “You don`t need pearl white teeth, you are not a celebrity.” I laughed and said “Not yet.”
Why do we have this misconception that looking good and healthy is going to cost us a fortune? I agree the better the service, the higher the price is, but we all can make it. Marketing is assaulting us with whitening strips, trays, charcoal products but do they worth our time and money investment?
What do you need to know before whitening your teeth?
If you are whitening your teeth for the first time or a while, and you feel no product is working, here is why. You need to know the cause before applying any treatment. Apprehending why your teeth became discoloured is essential. We are talking about extrinsically issues such as the use of coffee, wine and cigarettes which will stain your teeth or/ and intrinsically problems such as stomach bacteria, medications (antibiotics), fluoride, etc. No whitening product will do its magic until we ditch our bad habits or treat an existing problem.
Why using charcoal for a radiant smile? How does charcoal work?
In the past, activated charcoal became the fuel used to smelt ores. Later on, Egyptians discovered charcoal has anti-bacterial and anti-fungus properties. Nowadays, activated charcoal has several applications. Top 5 use include: whitens teeth, anti-aging, reduces high-cholesterol, digestive cleanse, treats alcohol poisoning and prevents hang-over. The activated charcoal works through the chemical process of adsorption and binds all the elements to the surface.
For your teeth, activated charcoal changes the pH balance, adsorbs the plaque, helps prevent cavities and bad breath. If you have crowns or porcelain veneers, filling I highly recommend to check with your dentist before using charcoal based products. Some people worry that charcoal is too abrasive for your teeth. If you are one of them, use it without brushing or scrubbing. Dabbing the product onto the surface of your teeth and letting it sit for 1-2 minutes will help. Activated charcoal products are available in the health stores or online. It comes in capsule form or loose powder.
My opinion/experience on activated charcoal products
Your teeth cleaning routine plays an essential role: toothpaste, an electric toothbrush (preferably with whitening function), mouthwash, floss. With any new products I test, I have learnt to have patience. With whitening strips, you will get fast results, but your teeth will become sensitive. I prefer to use natural products and get long time results. Today I am talking about the Activated Charcoal powder from Natural Teeth Whitening Co.
Polishes teeth and freshens breath? YES.
The mint taste is subtle and refreshing. Activated charcoal usually removes surface stains from drinks like coffee, tea, wine. If you have teeth that have yellowed due to internal problems, the charcoal will not work on them. After two weeks use, I could see the teeth were a little bit whiter. I can`t say I have snow white teeth now, but the difference is noticeable. I have tried capsule activated charcoal before, and that was a disaster, black powder everywhere. The light grey colour of the product makes it less messy and easy to use.
The product is vegan free and based on natural ingredients.
Calcium Carbonate Powder, Calcium Carbonate DC, Activated Charcoal, Peppermint Flavour, Peppermint Powder, Sodium Chloride, Ginger Root Extract
The powder promises fine ground non-abrasive activated charcoal which is definitely a plus. Activated charcoal products are cost-effective. The powder comes in a 60 ml glass jar. Spending £10.99 for this whitening powder (usually £14.99 – summer sale at the moment) is a wise investment. I would recommend the whitening powder, and this comes from a person with sensitive teeth and gums.
To wrap it up, I would suggest whitening your teeth using a natural alternative. Always ask questions, seek your dentist`s advice, know your body and do your research.
Have you ever tried whitening your teeth with activated charcoal?
*Disclaimer – EMERGE sent me the powder to review it but all thoughts and research are my own *