Can Charcoal Really Whiten Your Teeth?

woman smiling
woman smiling

Do you avoid smiling because your self-conscious of your teeth? Are you tired of hiding your smile during pictures? Your not alone more than 30% of people report not showing their smile during pictures.
A smile is one of the first things we notice when meeting a new person and it makes all the difference when it comes to first impressions. Many people worry about whether their teeth are yellow, crooked, too large of a gap, etc. Having a beautiful well cared for smile is a sign that you take care of yourself and value your health.

The amount of at-home treatments that are available on the market has skyrocketed in the past 10 years. You can now spend as little at $3 for a tube of toothpaste that promises noticeably whiter teeth in as little as a week.

I decided to try something different and relatively new on the market, so for this review, I will be testing out MOLR Dental Club brand C+C teeth whitening product ($43.95 for a 2 month supply)). It is a blend of Organic Coconut Shell and Activated Charcoal. Their claim is that this product is 100% natural, medical grade activated charcoal and it not only whiten your smile but also detoxifies your mouth and gums.

“You want me to put what in my mouth?”

Now I know you are probably thinking to yourself “why would I put black stuff on my teeth to whiten them, doesn’t that go against what I am trying to do?” And I had the same thought but did some research to understand this better and here is what I found:

“Activated charcoal from coconut shells is ground into a fine powder. When you brush with this powder it acts like tiny little sponges to absorb and attract stain off of your teeth through a process called adsorption (it’s Science).” -MOLR.CO 

The website  was easy to navigate and place my order quickly. I received my shipment within 1 week (it comes from B.C where the company originates). I have included the link here for your convenience. 

For the sake of research and to provide you the reader with an accurate testing, I decided that I would conduct my testing over 3 days of use 
( twice per day) before giving my full review. I also wanted to be sure that this product could deliver its results throughout my staining habits, so each day I made sure to drink my 2 full cups of coffee in the a.m. and then wind down my day with a glass of red wine- or as I like to call it- Nectar of the gods! 
 

Look Ma! I ate dirt!

Day 1: 

First cup of Coffee-Tenaciousred.com
Time to Brush-Tenaciousred.com

***BE CAREFUL, this product can (and will) stain grout and fabrics. Protect counters, floors and clothing before using***

Insert toothbrush in water to dampen- tenaciousred.com
Dip wet toothbrush in pot of Charcoal-Tenaciousred.com
brush for 2 mins- Tenaciousred.com
oh man! Not my best look- Tenaciousred.com

So far I don’t mind the taste- its really mild. A light mint flavor. No real scent or smell to it.   The only thing is though is that the powder really flies around so you need to be careful not to shake the container too much when opening. As well lean over the sink when you brush to avoid getting the charcoal all over you and your counters.

Rinse mouth with water-Tenaciousred.com

So after rinsing I noticed a bit of residue from the charcoal left behind around my gum line (and sink). I had to rinse a few times to really get it off. Don’t know if I am a fan of that. Had to spend a couple minutes afterward cleaning my sink.

Day 1 evening:

Time for Vino- Tenaciousred.com

So I repeated the steps from this morning. I will spare you more photos of the black mouth, scary monster. 

No real difference after 2 bushings though.  I am counting on this working in a few days. 

2 days later...

So I continued the twice a day brushing (using only this product) for the next 2 days and found the results to be somewhat satisfying.

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As you can see there is a change in shade by a degree or two. Now I do need to say there is no filter on these 2 pictures to help you see the actual results (as you can see in my faded acne scars). 

My final review of this product:

PROS: not invasive, no unpleasant smell or taste, does whiten teeth after only a few days by a couple shades even through coffee and wine drinking each day (that’s pretty impressive), natural product.

CONS: can be very messy, leaves a residue in the mouth after use, need to rinse a few times extra, a bit pricey at $43.95 (2 mnth supply).

As you can see we have a tie in terms of pros & cons however if your smile is your pride and joy and you have a healthy budget to spend then MOLR’S teeth whitening powder is for you. 

If your like me and love your smile but love to spend money on shoes instead than check out my article in February about another whitening alternative that is a fraction of the cost. 

Thanks for reading!

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