You know the saying, "Life Begins After Coffee"? Well, that's me. Don't talk to me. Don't even look at me until I've had at least one cup of coffee. Kris and I have always had this in common. In college, she would even bring me coffee in bed (Best Roommate EVER Award!) There aren't many negative things about coffee in my world, except the stains it leaves behind on my teeth. Sadness.
Then, there is wine, cola drinks, sauces, various berries, and tea. All of these things are teeth staining culprits. I start to get a little self-conscience about my yellow tinged teeth (everyday life doesn't come with a nice photo editing app and filters that make my teeth appear whiter). I have used whitening trays, strips, and toothpastes. While I do love the Arm & Hammer Advance White toothpaste (thanks, Kris!), it isn't enough to do the trick. And the strips and trays are torture for my sensitive teeth.
Recently, I heard about an all-natural, pain free, and inexpensive way to whiten teeth. I had to give it a try!
All you need is Activated Charcoal and a toothbrush. You can find the charcoal in the vitamin and supplement section at most retailers that sell this type of product. I bought mine at Sprouts, but I've seen it at Walgreens too. A bottle costs around $8.
Let me first warn you, this is messy, but it cleans up very easily. Also, you will see that my son did this with me. His teeth are discolored from different antibiotics he's taken throughout his life. This whitening method is more effective for stains, but I told him he could try too.
First, take one capsule of the Activated Charcoal and empty it onto your damp toothbrush. It is going to go everywhere, but as long as most goes on the brush, you're good. We found that opening the capsule was tough and sent a lot of black powder flying through the air. So, we tried cutting one end of the capsule off, and that helped a lot.
Next, you brush. And you brush some more. Then, more. And keep it going for 5 minutes! It is a long time to stand over your sink brushing, but there is NO taste and NO weird smell. It's just a lot of black all over your mouth.
When the 5 minutes is up, you're finished. We rinsed our mouths out and brushed our teeth to get any leftover black residue off. I also cleaned the sinks immediately. I didn't run in to any staining issues, but I don't know what would happen if it was just left to clean later.
My teeth felt surprisingly clean. Like, the "I just left the dentist" squeaky clean.
You can see by our before and after pics, that it did whiten our teeth- even Jackson's discolored teeth lightened a bit. I wasn't blown away immediately, but I could see a difference.
A week later, I decided to try it again. This time I was BLOWN AWAY. After the second time, my teeth were significantly whiter. I didn't experience any tooth sensitivity either. For $8 (100 capsules!), this all-natural teeth whitening remedy is going to be my go-to.
Kris has very white teeth to begin with, but even she had results with the Charcoal when she tried it!
Pretty crazy, right? This means that there are no negative effects from drinking coffee now! Well, maybe the 3 tablespoons of cream...
If you decide to try this, we want to see/know your results! Please share!
Have a lovely weekend, ladies! Love you all!
Disclaimer: We are not dentists or doctors. This all-natural teeth whitening solution is our own experiment based on internet hype. If you have questions or concerns, please consult with a medical professional first.