Happy Monday! Continued with the Beauty Break series here on my blog, I’m bringing you the most talk-about and tried-out beauty trend as of lately, activated charcoal. As you can tell by the title, this is just my first impression of an activated charcoal product, specifically the powder that is used as a treatment to help whitening teeth.
But first, what is Activated Charcoal?
Activated charcoal, derived from charcoal/coal, is known to be ‘processed to have small, low-volume pores that increase the surface area available for adsorption or chemical reactions’. Hence, its many applications in air and water purification, metal extraction, sewage treatment, medicine, food, and teeth whitening, etc. You can easily find Buzzfeed’s videos on Youtube of people trying out this activated charcoal trend like ice cream and drinks. Regardless of its amazing toxin detoxifying as many may claim, I’d probably say no to this food trend, really! But activated charcoal for teeth whitening was a maybe!
Couple weeks ago, I was about to put in an order on Amazon to actually try the teeth whitening charcoal powder for myself. Coincidently, Stephanie from Bianco Smile sent me an email asking if I wanted to try out their teeth whitening activated charcoal product. So of course, I said yes and gave it a try yesterday night!
About the product: Bianco Smile- As claimed on the website, their activated charcoal product contains ‘Activated Coconut Charcoal, Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Allantoin, Menthol, Citric Acid, Natural Sweetener, and Coconut Oil’. It’s ‘100% natural, good for sensitive teeth, tested and approved with guaranteed results, and up to 14 shades brighter.’ Benefits include ‘stain removing naturally, enamel strengthened, mouth detoxifying, gum cleansing, and teeth whitening.’
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Before giving it a try, I have done some research online, and it seems like there isn’t much scientific research that backs up the fact that activated charcoal powder actually works on teeth or whether or not there are any side effects on the teeth in the long term or in health in general. After reading some articles online and trying out Bianco Smile teeth whitening activated charcoal myself, here are my honest opinions:
I used my old toothbrush (the one I didn’t care staining it black.), wetted and dipped it into the pot to pick up the powder. After 2 minutes of gently brushing my entire upper and lower teeth, I felt like some of the charcoal was still stuck in between my teeth. So I gave them a good floss and brush them with my normal toothbrush. I didn’t quite notice the minty taste as claimed. However, my teeth felt clean, but there wasn’t any color difference noticeably. The next morning, I gave the charcoal a good brush again and with better natural light, I definitely notice the coffee/tea stain was lifted off.
It was a subtle change, but for some people who hadn’t whitened or done any cosmetic treatments to their teeth, I guarantee they would notice the color difference. Bianco Smile didn’t specify how often and how much we should use the product, so I think the ’14 shades brighter’ claim is assuming that we use it every single day for 2 weeks.
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So Activated Charcoal- Skip It or Try It?
I’d say, Try It!!! After watching so many videos of people trying it, it’s fun to give it a try since it does make your mouth all black, temporarily though. It is messy! Since the powder is so fine, it does fly everywhere. I’d recommend trying it with a fine toothbrush like the one I’m using here.(FYI: it’s my everyday toothbrush with the softest bristle ever, so if you have sensitive teeth and gum like mine, try it.) However, I don’t think you should use it every day though since I’ve read so many articles saying that the charcoal powder might not be fine enough and if used in a long-term, it might damage your enamel and cause teeth erosion. It sounds scary, but sometimes brushing with a normal toothpaste isn’t enough and the charcoal powder does the job. Some people even mix the charcoal powder with their toothpaste to help in lifting stain and create that friction in between the teeth when brushing. It’s all up to your personal preference. Definitely ask your dentist if you have a chance since any at-home remedies without professional and proper knowledge, especially if used excessively, can cause dangerous side effects or counter-the-effect you desire.
Disclaimer: Bianco Smile didn’t ask or pay me to write this blog review. However, I wanted to share with my readers some of the available information and my own experience in trying this trendy product. I got sent the product to try out by Bianco in exchange for a post on my Instagram, here, as a way to help them promote their product. This post isn’t a complete review, but rather it’s my first impression ‘Try it or Skip it’ review. And all opinions are my own.
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Would you try it? Let me know in the comment section below!
Read more about my teeth whitening experience with Smile Brilliant (gel and customized trays), here. The coupon code is still active, so give it a try for a faster result (let say you’re getting married or have an important event to go in a month, then this really is the best option at-home teeth whitening method I have found!
Have a productive week!