One of the most important aspects of your appearance is your teeth and more specifically, the color of them. Everybody wants to have bright and brilliant pearly whites. And in the quest to achieve that, it’s understandable that people will consider alternatives for teeth whitening, that come on the scene making claims to more effectively produce that result. One of the more recent trends is charcoal whitening. The proponents of it say that it’s an excellent way to produce white teeth, but can that be substantiated? Your dentist will weigh in with her expert advise to help steer you in the right direction.
What is Charcoal Whitening?
This type of whitening involves the use of activated charcoal (not the briquettes that you put on your grill). It’s a mixture processed to absorb tooth stains and leave your teeth white, but a more typical use of this product is to treat poisoning or overdoses. Hospitals and ambulances keep some on hand to administer to people who may have swallowed a dangerous substance.
And it is under this premise that the fad to use charcoal to whiten teeth began. It suddenly appeared in blogs a few years ago with people singing its praises. The suggested method of application is to place the tasteless powder in water, mix and apply the paste to your teeth and then brush the stains away.
The problem is that there has been no data to verify its effectiveness or safety. And that is why your dentist wants you to be careful about rushing to try out this method.
What Stains Your Teeth?
In the midst of searching for the best way to whiten your teeth, it’s also important to keep in mind what causes stains. Here are some of the foods and beverages to limit your consumption of:
- Red pasta sauce
- Dark ripe berries
- Rare steak
- Dark chocolate
- White wine
By limiting your intake of these items, you can lessen the stains on your teeth, but know that if they are discolored, your dentist has safe remedies to correct them.
Proven Ways to Whiten Your Teeth
Although the jury is still out on charcoal whitening, there are some proven methods available to deliver the smile you desire. The safest and most effective way is with professional teeth whitening, applied in your dentist’s office.
She will use powerful bleaching agents to deliver the fastest and most lasting results, and to ensure your safety, she will use special techniques to protect your gums from any irritation.
The great thing about this type of teeth whitening is that you’ll be under the expert care of your dentist and receiving a tested and approved product to achieve your desired look. So you can feel confident in knowing that you’re not just a blind participant in an experiment.
You deserve to have the smile of your dreams in a safe way. Reach out to your local dentist to learn more about how you can get the process started.
About the Author
Dr. Melanie White received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Madison and then went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. She practices at Maple Grove Family Dental and can be reached for more information through her website.