What is Activated Charcoal?
The logic behind charcoal whitening is this: charcoal is an extremely absorbent substance, which is why doctors frequently have patients ingest it when they have swallowed something that is potentially poisonous. This quality enables it to absorb bacteria and stains on the teeth and whitening them as a result.
This is a new teeth whitening trend is growing in popularity. The American Dental Association has posted a warning that this can be very dangerous to your dental health. The thought behind the activated charcoal is that many make-ups are using it to absorb oils, thus it may be good to absorb stains from teeth.
However, there are NO oils to absorb from teeth. What you are using is a highly abrasive ground “rock” that abrades away the enamel surface of your teeth.
Dangers of using Activated Charcoal for teeth whitening
The dangers of using Activated Charcoal for teeth whitening is that it abrades away the enamel surface of your teeth. This enamel cannot be replaced. Enamel helps protect your teeth from daily use such as chewing, biting, crunching, and grinding. Enamel covers the crown which is the part of the tooth that’s visible outside of the gums. Continue using activated charcoal for teeth whitening will result in looking at the expense of laminates or crowns to repair the damage.
Dr. Jacquie Smiles, a renowned for being at the forefront of many of dental innovations and a part of the Invisalign prestigious faculty department, says:
Think of it like this: sometimes you want your pots and pans to be really, really clean, so you use a scouring pad. This is a good approach for the occasional cleaning, but they would be ruined if you scrubbed them every day.
Read the full interview with Dr. Jacquie Smiles activated charcoal related to teeth whitening on Social Life Magazine July 4th, 2018 issue.
How does activated charcoal work for teeth whitening?
Many dentists believe that the hype behind this trend is due to people literally scraping off the top layers of their tooth enamel, as well as stains.
While this may provide a temporary cosmetic improvement, it causes harm and weakens your teeth. The enamel serves as the protective layer of a tooth, and when it is removed, a tooth becomes much more likely to chip, crack, break, and develop a cavity. The enamel becomes thinner, this will allow the natural yellow dentin underneath it to show through, internally discoloring the smile.
Safer Teeth Whitening Alternatives
If you’re looking to get a whiter smile, your dentist is able to provide a treatment that is completely safe, effective, and won’t cause you dental problems in the future.
Now there’s a better way to whiten your teeth at home and even on the go. Dr. Smile’s teeth whitening pens are the first revolutionary patented system allowing you to whiten, strengthen and rebuild enamel. The product line created by Elite Invisalign orthodontist Dr. Jacqueline Fulop-Goodling.
Get that confident, courageous, contagious smile on the go with the Dr. Smiles Pop & Prime Whitening Pen. It uses the same enamel-safe teeth whitening ingredients that you would receive from your dental office, reaching below the enamel surface to remove teeth stains. Get a bright white smile today!