Does Teeth Whitening at Home w/Charcoal Really Work?

Do you like the idea of teeth whitening at home? Most of us do. It’s convenient and less expensive.

I saw a pin on my favorite site ever, Pinterest the other day. It was about whitening you teeth with charcoal. Not the kind you use in a BBQ grill but activated Charcoal in capsule form. I knew I had some charcoal in the house from when my husband had a stomach bug several weeks back. I used to smoke and drink a lot of coffee so my teeth could use a little help. Both of these reasons made me want to try it, in addition to the idea that it sounded like a pretty frugal way to whiten teeth! Then there was the nagging question, “Does everything you see on Pinterest really work?”

I waited until I woke up and ate breakfast first then brushed with toothpaste and baking soda. I really wanted a way to tell the whiteness difference from what my teeth looked like before and after I brushed then after the charcoal.  I cracked open the capsule, and put it in a small dish, then dabbed my toothbrush in it then brushed my teeth with it. It was hard to not swallow the charcoal as it seemed to create a lot of saliva. I actually had to spit twice, each time using a new capsule of charcoal because once I would spit, my teeth wouldn’t have anymore charcoal on it. It got all over the counter, my hands and the bathroom sink. It was very messy.

To cut to the chase, I tried it and found it did whiten my teeth a tiny bit more than using baking soda. The difference was so little that it sure as heck doesn’t make me want to blacken my teeth, toothbrush or sink again anytime soon. It was a real pain actually. I found it to be way too messy for such little change. That’s just me though but it is my honest opinion. It also made me wonder why in none of tutorials about this that I read did anyone mention how messy it was.

“Does everything you see on Pinterst really work?” My answer in this case is yes it did work,

but only a little bit.

Oh, well.

Teeth- Before and after

Also, if you do try this, what ever you do-do NOT use peroxide afterwards in an attempt to remove any left over black residue. Trust me, it burns your gums like crazy!

Oh, and in case anyone asks or wonders- none of these pictures were retouched in any way.

I took each one sitting at my kitchen table and only used picmonkey to put them all in a collage form for visual purposes.

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