I am a HUGE teeth person! I cannot stand crooked, yellow or stained teeth (am I alone on this one?) I care a lot about my teeth, color and hygiene, and of course, before our wedding, I was on the hunt to get my pearly whites as white as can be. So, some methods I tried:
Lemon juice and baking soda: my dentist told me to stop immediately because it can ruin the enamel on my teeth, I also noticed some sensitivity to cold or hot objects so I stopped doing it before I ever saw results. I tried it for about a week.
Whitening strips/gel: I may have THE MOST sensitive teeth in the world, but I could not stand using whitestrips or whitening gel. The strips made my teeth (and my husband’s) so sensitive that even breathing hurt! The gel tasted gross and I found it really awkward trying not to get my teeth wet for 30 minutes each night, where is your saliva supposed to go?! Plus talk about chemical overload?! Needless to say, this method was not my favorite.
Lastly, I saw a post on Pinterest (of course) about coal used to whiten teeth. I thought why not give it a try, especially since I am all for organic/natural ways about beauty.
Here’s what the dentist says: Activated coal is used in medicine to absorb toxins such as alcohol, and other unwanted things in your body (used in the past to absorb alcohol when people got alcohol poisoning) so it has the same effect on your teeth. After time, it absorbs tannins which are pigments found in coffee and red wine (the culprit for making your teeth that awful color to begin with) making your teeth whiter. It is completely safe to consume (however, may cause a back up if you take too much and don’t drink enough water) and isn’t loaded with chemicals. -Seems safe to me!
So, here’s what I did: crushed up one or two tablets of activated coal (you can get it from the pharmacy or any store that sells over the counter medication) and put it in a small glass. Every time I brushed my teeth (morning and night) I brushed them as usual, then after sprinkled some of the crushed up coal on my toothbrush and brushed again as normal for about 3 minutes.
Of course, your mouth instantly turns black and it looks quite funny, but once you have rinsed a few times (after brushing) you will notice your teeth appear whiter.
After doing it twice a day for about 2 weeks, I went down to only doing it once a day (in the morning) and my teeth are super white! Not like glowing in the dark white (reminds me of that episode of Friends with Ross’ teeth) but have noticeably gotten much whiter and have maintained their whiteness even if I missed a day or two.
What I love most about this is that I can still do it while pregnant and know that it causes no harm to my baby (unlike gels and strips).
Again, please consult your dentist to know what is best for you. This is just works for me!
What do you do to keep your teeth white?
Thanks for reading!! xo