DIY teeth whitening got popular in recent years. Many believe it’s more affordable, flexible, and convenient than the alternatives. As such, some people now claim that activated charcoal is an effective DIY teeth whitener that can beautify smiles. In truth, though, this product isn’t as safe or effective as it’s often made out to be. You’re much better off seeing a cosmetic dentist for healthy and beautiful teeth. To learn more, here’s a summary of activated charcoal, its risks, and why professional whitening is the superior choice.
Just What is Activated Charcoal?
To be clear, you don’t use activated charcoal for barbecuing. Rather, it’s a black powder made from coconut shells, olive pits, slowly burned wood, and peat. Due to being highly adsorbent, many companies use it in facial masks and shampoos.
Because activated charcoal can bind to toxins, some people believe it also whitens teeth. That said, some use it in toothpaste and other dental kits. By applying these charcoal-based products to your teeth, the thinking goes you can remove coffee stains, wine stains, and even plaque.
The Risks of Charcoal Whiteners
Unfortunately, there’s no evidence that this charcoal helps teeth.
For starters, it likely wouldn’t whiten your chompers. Rather, the substance would make your smile look dirty and weak. In fact, it could cause teeth to turn yellow by exposing their dentin. Therefore, the American Dental Association hasn’t given activated charcoal products its Seal of Acceptance.
More importantly, this charcoal could hurt your pearly whites. Many dentists say it erodes the tooth enamel that protects you from oral bacteria. From there, your teeth would be at increased risk of sensitivity and decay.
See a Dentist for Professional Whitening
Unlike activated charcoal, dentist’s whitening gives you quality results that are safe for teeth.
First, it uses an ADA-approved bleaching gel that doesn’t hurt enamel. At the very most, it very rarely causes mild and temporary tooth sensitivity.
Secondly, professional whitening has proven itself over and over. Dentists have shown it will whiten your teeth by 6-8 shades, whether you receive it in-office or through a kit.
As you can see, the claims about activated charcoal are too good to be true. Therefore, stick to whitening your teeth with help from your local dentist.
About the Practice
Bal Dental Centre is based in Toronto, Canada. As led by the titular Dr. Gus Bal, the practice has given patients quality care for over twenty years. That said, its staff offers preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, including emergency dental treatments. The team also uses advanced services like dental sedation and TMJ therapy. For more information or to book an appointment, you can reach them on their website or by phone at (416)-613-8390.