There are so many different advertisements that companies put out that are meant to grab your attention online, but there’s one in particular that is doing more harm than good: charcoal teeth whitening.
When you see your favorite social media influencer scrubbing their teeth with a black, gunky toothpaste, there’s that initial shock factor, then amazement that their teeth actually do appear brighter than before. But before you go and purchase your own charcoal toothpaste, your cosmetic dentist wants you to read this post first! Learn about the safer, tried and true ways to brighten your smile here.
The Truth About Dangerous Charcoal Teeth Whitening
The initial shock factor that something so dark and dirty seaming can be used to brighten teeth has proven to be great clickbait online. But many patients find that they aren’t satisfied with the shade of their smiles a few months after trying charcoal teeth whitening products—or worse. They find out from their dentist that they’ve actually ruined the enamel on their teeth.
Little do many people know, charcoal products are extremely abrasive because the main ingredient—charcoal—has a rough texture itself! It is used as a scrubbing agent to “lift” stains on your teeth, when really, it’s just scrubbing away your teeth enamel that may have held the stains.
The After-Effects of Charcoal Teeth Whitening
Sure, initially your teeth appear brighter because your stained layer of teeth is gone, but you’re also leaving your smile unprotected. In fact, months down the line your teeth may look darker than they ever were before because stains can stick to the inner layers of your teeth even easier.
Plus, when you break down the enamel of your teeth, you leave your smile susceptible to serious dental concerns like decay and cavities.
Try These Safer, More Traditional Methods
Instead of risking your smile, rely on your local dentist to provide you safe, real whitening results with professional-grade, safely monitored teeth bleaching treatments.
These methods are not only much safer but are more convenient than waiting for products to be shipped. Many practices offer both in-office and at-home whitening treatments, so either way, you can quickly and conveniently achieve whiter, brighter teeth with a single visit to the office.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening from your local dentist, you can simply call to schedule a cosmetic consultation! We would be happy to help you achieve the smile you want while protecting your teeth for years to come.
About Our Office
Here at Polished General Dentistry, we know how important it is to feel confident in your smile. We also know how much of an influence people feel when they see their favorite celebrity promoting a product that promises to make them look and feel better. Just keep in mind that our dental team wants to do the same thing—make you look great and feel great—but in a safe way! Contact us today to get started making your cosmetic improvements.