If you’ve got some mild tooth stains that you’d like to eliminate from your smile, you may be considering charcoal toothpaste. But is this a good idea? Does charcoal toothpaste really work? Find out from Nova Cosmetic Dentistry!
It’s true that charcoal toothpaste can remove some surface stains from your teeth. But there’s a catch. By doing so, it may also damage your natural enamel.
This is because charcoal is an abrasive substance. Abrasives, when rubbed onto your teeth, can remove some surface stains and eliminate plaque that may cause tooth discoloration.
That’s a good thing, right?
Not when it comes to charcoal toothpaste. Because it’s not approved by the ADA (American Dental Association), charcoal toothpaste may be made with charcoal that’s harder than your tooth enamel.
This means that when you use charcoal toothpaste, the hard abrasive charcoal may actually rub away some of your natural tooth enamel, too. Over time, this will weaken your teeth. Counter-intuitively, it may even make them look more yellow, since a thinner layer of tooth enamel will expose more of the dentin below the enamel, which has a yellowish color.
So, what should you use if charcoal toothpaste isn’t an option? There are two primary options for ADA-approved whitening toothpaste.
If you want to whiten your teeth at home, either of these types of ADA-approved toothpaste are a good option for mild teeth whitening.
ADA-approved whitening toothpaste is safe to use as directed, but you may find that whitening toothpaste alone won’t be enough to treat serious tooth stains and yellowing. If you have major tooth stains, you will likely require treatment from a dentist like Dr. Lana Waibel.
At our office, we offer both in-office and at-home treatments with Zoom! Whitening products. With professional teeth whitening in Ambler from Nova Cosmetic Dentistry, you can completely transform your smile, even if you have severe tooth stains.
Dr. Lana Waibel is always here to help you meet your smile goals. If stained or yellowed teeth have been holding you back, don’t wait. Contact us online or give us a call at (267) 405-2727 to schedule a cosmetic consultation today, and start exploring your options for cosmetic smile restoration in Ambler.