Who doesn’t want a set of glossy, white teeth? After all, you’re being judged by the appearance of your smile by a great number of the people you encounter. So when a new trend arises that claims to provide an easy way to whiten teeth at home, it quickly gets people’s attention. One of the latest techniques buzzing around the internet is charcoal whitening, but are the claims made about it true? Your dentist weighs in to clear the air.
What is Charcoal Whitening?
First things first – the charcoal we’re referring to is not the kind you use on your backyard grill, although it is similar. Instead, activated charcoal is a substance that’s created by heating up regular charcoal using gas. The result is that large pores open that allow the charcoal to trap certain chemicals.
Thus, consumers are led to believe that the charcoal will literally absorb the stains from their teeth. People who use this method dip their wet toothbrush into the charcoal to form a paste and do the following next:
- Coat the Teeth – People are advised to dab (not rub) the charcoal on their teeth.
- Let the Charcoal Set – Once applied, the charcoal should be allowed to set for three minutes.
- Rinse – Next, users are instructed to rinse their mouth thoroughly.
- Brush – The final step is to brush normally with toothpaste.
The instructions seem simple enough, but there’s just a couple of problems. You need to know if the process is safe and whether it will really work.
What Does the Data Show?
The reality is that there just isn’t enough data available for dentists to sign off on this procedure as being a viable method to whiten teeth. One concern is the lasting effects that it will have. Because of its coarse texture, the charcoal has the potential to damage the enamel. Otherwise, users wouldn’t be instructed to lightly dab it when applying instead of rubbing it on their teeth. Furthermore, once enamel is damaged, there’s nothing that can be done to restore it.
The Value of Being Cautious
In an era where a popular blog post can become a movement, it’s important to not forget the benefits of sufficiently vetting a new idea or concept. Until that’s been done with the activated charcoal method of whitening teeth, people should consider methods that are proven.
A Sure Way to Whiten Teeth
Thankfully, there are a host of teeth whitening methods offered that have been tested and approved to deliver phenomenal results in a safe manner. One such method is the Venus White In-Office technique offered by your dentist. It uses the highest grade of compounds to provide patients with drastic changes in their smile in just one office visit.
Furthermore, the process is made safe by the professional staff taking the steps to protect the lips, gums and other soft tissues from coming in contact with the high-powered whitening agents. Thus, patients are able to enjoy a comfortable experience without worrying about damaging their enamel.
Your quest for a beautiful smile doesn’t have to be an experimentation. With teeth whitening from your local dentist, you can feel confident in knowing that you’ll get the results you’re looking for.
About the Author
Dr. Gary C. Sherman earned his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and has gone on to provide the absolute best in dental care for the last 30 years. As a way of giving back, he shares his vast knowledge through lecturing and mentoring while maintaining membership in several professional organizations. Dr. Sherman invites you to remake your smile with teeth whitening at Franklin Avenue Dental, and he can be reached for more information through his website.