Charcoal Toothpastes & Whitening

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You may have seen the dozens of social media posts that exist of people using charcoal toothpaste as a more natural way to whiten their teeth. But like most fads, charcoal toothpaste may not live up to the hype. In this post, we’ll explore the benefits and risks of using charcoal toothpaste, and our opinion on whether or not it’s better for your smile than toothpastes that don’t contain charcoal.

What Is Charcoal & What Kind Is Best for Teeth?

Activated charcoal is a natural substance that is made of carbon. It tends to bind strongly to other substances, which is why it’s frequently used to clear toxins and even in emergency situations with drug overdoses. (Non-activated charcoal is toxic). Because of its reputation to bind to and purge bad substances, activated charcoal has become an ingredient in toothpastes.

How Does Charcoal Work in Toothpaste?

Your teeth can experience two types of stains: surface stains, which typically exist on the enamel (the outer layer of the teeth), and intrinsic stains, which typically exist deeper in the teeth.

Charcoal is abrasive, which helps it lift surface stains more easily than non-abrasive ingredients. But be careful, because abrasiveness can cause damage to your enamel, which may actually make way for intrinsic stains!

Charcoal isn’t powerful enough to remove intrinsic stains, so you will likely not see results if you have tooth discoloration due to trauma, weak enamel, or overexposure to fluoride, for example. In those cases, you should consider professional teeth whitening.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Palmdale, CA

For a safer way to whiten your teeth and achieve long-lasting results, Michael Giovannini DDS, Inc. offers a few different methods:

1. KöR Deep Bleaching®

This revolutionary bleaching system can dramatically whiten your teeth up to 16 shades, making it great for those who have intrinsic stains. The treatment takes place both at home and at our office. First, you’ll wear your custom-fitted whitening trays at night for six or more hours of continuous whitening for a couple of weeks. Then you’ll come to the office for the final whitening treatment.

2. One-Visit Whitening

Want to whiten your teeth in an hour? One-visit whitening is quick, easy, and a safe way to brighten your smile.

3. Take-Home Whitening

Want to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home? We offer custom trays and one-size trays to provide our patients with different and affordable ways to whiten their teeth at home using professional-grade whitening ingredients.

Interested in one of our safe, effective, and affordable whitening treatments? Contact us to schedule a consultation today?

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