If you’ve heard of charcoal teeth whitening, you might be wondering whether it actually makes your pearly whites pearlier. Here’s all you need to know, in the words of a teeth whitening expert from Basildon.

It will come as no surprise that the state of our teeth has a direct and significant bearing on our confidence. According to a recent survey, more than 25% of the recipients admitted to not being happy with their teeth, with two-thirds admitting their teeth had an adverse effect on their self-esteem.

This lack of confidence means we are less likely to smile for photographs, or we are inclined to hide our grins behind an embarrassed hand whenever we laugh. It’s remarkable how far-reaching the impact of stained teeth can be — it can influence everything from our love lives to our chances of landing a dream job.

Over the past ten years, teeth whitening has become a global industry. It seems not a day goes by without a new product claiming to rejuvenate and brighten your teeth — the solutions range from DIY home kits to oil pulling.

Given the boom in popularity regarding activated charcoal teeth whitening, we thought we’d compile everything you need to know about the famous black paste and discuss whether it’s too good to be true, or whether it’s worth a try.

 What Is Teeth Whitening?

Tooth whitening involves lightening teeth while removing stains and discolouration. Dental teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures around today for one big reason — whitening can seriously improve your overall appearance. Teeth whitening can give back the appearance of healthy young teeth in no time at all. Having said this, it isn’t a one-off procedure. To keep your teeth looking bright and white, it needs to be a repeat procedure and you will need to take good care of your teeth between visits to your dentist.

What Is Charcoal Teeth Whitening?

Charcoal teeth whitening is a craze that has blown up Pinterest and YouTube over the past few years. Bloggers and vloggers everywhere are proclaiming it as the path to whiter teeth — removing stains caused by red wine, curry and tea with minimal hassle. But what is it, exactly?

Activated charcoal is usually made from either coconut shell or coal, which is heated up (this is what “activates” it) and ground to form a finely milled carbon powder. Due to the activation process, the powder has small, low volume pores, which greatly increases its surface area.

Does Teeth Whitening Charcoal Work?

One theory is that activated charcoal works because the nano-sized pores in activated charcoal bind to tooth staining agents, thereby removing stains. It’s an interesting theory, but unfortunately, it has never been formally proven — there is not a single piece of clinical research either proving or disproving activated charcoal teeth whitening.

According to the spokesperson for the American Dental Association, Dr Kim Harms,

“There’s no evidence at all that activated charcoal does any good for your teeth. Like any abrasive, we’re worried about the effects on the gums and enamel on the teeth. We don’t know about the safety and effectiveness of it.”

So why do some people swear by charcoal? The answer could be all about perceptual improvement in white colour — you are, after all, coating your teeth in a black paste and then wiping it off. This can be enough to convince your mind that your teeth are even whiter than before, even if there has been no real change.

Consider Boutique Whitening as an Alternative to Charcoal Teeth Whitening

If you’re looking for a noticeable difference in the whiteness of your teeth, here at Tooth Doctor, we recommend Boutique Whitening. Boutique Whitening is a premium, quality whitening gel that delivers visible and impressive results — most patients will see a noticeable improvement in just a few days.

What’s more, Boutique is convenient for all lifestyles, as it whitens your smile with only one hour of wear time each day. Or, if you prefer, you can choose Boutique by Night, which works its magic while you slumber.

Why Choose Tooth Doctor to Get Your Teeth Whitened?

Our experts at the Tooth Doctor clinic provide prompt and professional teeth whitening treatment. Our dentists are expertly trained, GDC registered dentists. We use only whitening methods that are proven to get superior results — such as Boutique and Philips Zoom. We have

created thousands of happy smiles and we know how to tailor our treatments to suit your requirements.

If you’re looking to whiten your teeth, Tooth Doctor has clinics in Basildon and Stanford-Le-Hope. We’ll let you know beforehand whether your gums and teeth are suitable for the whitening treatment before making upper and lower impressions of your teeth and creating custom trays. We’ll make your teeth whiter by up to six shades in just one hour — with the added confidence teeth whitening gives you, you’re open to a world of possibilities.


Our teeth whitening treatments start from just £295. Get in touch with us today and book a free online teeth whitening consultation to find out what our friendly team of experts can do for you and how we can make you smile.