Does Activated Charcoal Actually Whiten Teeth?


Activated charcoal has become a very popular topic when it comes to teeth whitening remedies. It is difficult these days to scroll through social media without seeing a post about it. But it still leaves many people questioning, does it really work? Here at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer several cosmetic services, including teeth whitening that can give you the smile you have been wanting. But first, let’s get to know a little more about this “black miracle powder.”  

What Is Activated Charcoal And How Does It Work?

Activated charcoal has been used for several different things, such as a facial cleanser or even to wash your hair. However, nowadays, people are using it for teeth whitening purposes. Activated charcoal is a fine black powder made from coconut shells, bone char, olive pits, and other materials. The charcoal powder ingredients are processed in high temperatures which “activates” the powder. It is a type of powder that is processed to make it more absorbent, which distinguishes it from other types of charcoal.

The natural adhesive qualities of the activated charcoal allows it to bind with surface-staining culprits, such as coffee, soda, tea, wine, and plaque. Its negatively charged, absorbent texture allows it to trap toxins, preventing your body from absorbing them.     

How To Use It And What You Should Know?

It is recommended to use the activated charcoal once a week using a soft bristle toothbrush. The instructions for effective teeth whitening using the activated charcoal are as follows:

  • Wet your toothbrush to dampen the bristles.
  • Carefully dip the bristles into the activated charcoal powder.
  • Gently brush on all exposed surfaces of your teeth for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Wait 3 minutes and then rinse out your mouth.

If you do decide to use activated charcoal to whiten your teeth, do so cautiously. It is important to remember that charcoal is a coarse ingredient and frequent use could wear down your tooth enamel. If you have receding gum line, the roots of the teeth may become sensitive to the coarse aspect of the charcoal as well.

How Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry Can Give You The Smile You’ve Been Wanting.

Your smile is the first thing someone notices about you, you should not be hiding it. Here at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry, our cosmetic services give our patients a new, confident smile. Our professional teeth whitening we offer in Manhattan, New York is a simple, non-invasive dental technique that brightens your smile.  

We offer in-office teeth whitening as well as at-home bleaching. With our in-office teeth whitening, the process is completed in one office visit. Our experienced dentists will apply a protective layer on your gums to prevent them from being harmed by the whitening gel. Once your gums are protected, the whitening gel is then applied to the tooth enamel. The whitening gel removes the noticeable stains on your teeth, giving you a fresh, white smile.

Our at-home bleaching requires impressions of your teeth to be taken. After the impressions are taken, our dental technician will fabricate a customized plastic tray from the molds. Prior to giving your instructions on how and when to insert the whitening gel into the trays, our dentist will assure that the tray fits properly in your mouth. The trays are to be worn every day or overnight until you have reached your desired color.

If you are looking for an effective teeth whitening method to better your smile, click here or contact us at (212) 581- 1091 to schedule your appointment, today!