Charcoal Whitening, Is It A Good Idea?

We have received a lot of questions from our patients about Activated Charcoal Whitening.  Does it work? Is it safe? How do you do it?  We can help you decide if it is a good idea or not.  

 

There are two ways that patients can achieve whiter teeth:

 

The first way uses a bleaching agent such as carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide in concentrations of 10-35%.  The material breaks down certain stains inside the tooth to reduce their color. Dental office whitening trays and strips purchased at the drug store use this method. Studies have shown that this method works well without any damage to the tooth.

 

The second way uses an abrasive, chemical, or polishing agent that removes surface stains.  Whitening toothpastes, baking soda and activated charcoal are examples. At this time, the American Dental Association has not recognized any formal evidence that activated charcoal actually whitens teeth.  

 

Activated charcoal is a finely milled black powder made from charred plant shells, bones, fruit pits, and an assortment of other organic materials.  The theory is that since it is used to absorb toxins from the body when someone ingests something harmful, then it may have the ability to bind to and absorb plaque and other surface compounds that stain teeth.  Activated charcoal does not change the color of teeth that are deeply stained or naturally yellowing.  The activated charcoal is also abrasive and the hope is that it may scrub off the surface stains.

Therein lies the problem with activated charcoal whitening.  It can be abrasive to the tooth enamel. Excess abrasion can cause gum recession, enamel loss, and sensitivity of the tooth.  

 

If you want to try charcoal whitening, activated charcoal can be purchased from health food stores and pharmacies in the form of capsules. Mix one capsule with 1 mL of water and make a paste.  We suggest that you consider smearing the product on your teeth instead of brushing it on. This allows the product to work without harming your enamel.  After about 4 minutes rinse your mouth. You may need to rinse several times. You can try this for several days. If you don’t see a difference in the color of the tooth after 5 attempts, then it probably won’t work for you.  

 

Although anyone can purchase activated charcoal powder, you should consult a dental professional before using it. The best way to keep your mouth healthy and your teeth white is to continue regular dental appointments.  At Dental Elements our hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth, remove any surface stains, and discuss whether our professional whitening process, or an over the counter product would be best to whiten your teeth. He or she can also help you get to the bottom of why your teeth are staining.  

 

Contact us today, we’re here to help you have whiter teeth!  

 

Let Us Help You Straighten Your Teeth

Our teeth serve both functional and aesthetic purposes.  They help us to bite and chew our food, to speak, and to smile.  

A poor bite can affect our clarity of speech, chewing ability, facial symmetry, digestive difficulties, TMJ problems, periodontal disease and tooth decay.  

 

 Invisalign aligners (which are almost invisible to the naked eye) can help:

  • correct misalignments that cause your teeth to wear unevenly or break easily.

  • make your teeth easier to clean, preventing decay and periodontal disease.

  • create a comfortable bite with reduced wear and tear on your jaw joint.

  • prevent neck aches or headaches that originate from your jaw.

  • give you the confidence to smile that you have always dreamed about

  • give natural, lasting improvements in the look of your teeth without the challenging upkeep of options such as veneers.

Whether you’re searching for the perfect smile, or tackling an alignment issue, Dental Elements is here to help.  Both our Shawnee and Leawood locations offer Invisalign Clear Braces.  Take a look at this short video that explains how clear braces can help you:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMiatQjjoH4

 

 

Contact us about our Invisalign Day, April 19 and April 20 where you can get a 30% discount if you commit to starting treatment on that day.

 

Having straight teeth is as much about personal confidence as it is about dental health and oral comfort. We hope to see you in April!

Dental Elements VIP Plan

You Don’t Need Dental Insurance To Have a Beautiful Smile!

Have you ever noticed that dental problems come at the worst possible time?  

The weekend, the holidays, after you just put new tires on your car, is there ever a good time?

Have you ever put off dental care because you just couldn’t afford it?  

Even if you do have dental insurance, there are deductibles, co-pays, maxed out benefits, plan limits, and denied claims which often limit your treatment options. So why does dentistry continue to make it almost impossible for patients to get the dental care that they deserve?

At Dental Elements we’ve decided to put our patients needs first.  So we’ve come up with a better option!

 

Introducing the Dental Elements VIP Plan!

Starting January 1, 2018, we’ve decided “Out With The Old, and In With The New!”  Dental care membership clubs are the future of dentistry, and Dental Elements has put together a state of the art plan with you in mind. It’s similar to a gym membership, pet wellness plan or car wash club, only BETTER!

Dental Elements V.I.P. Plan Details:

Essential $100 Initiation Fee and $30/month includes dental exams, x-rays, dental cleanings and fluoride treatments, twice yearly.  Members also have access to special pricing on services not included in the Essential Plan.  This plan is best for the patient who needs twice yearly cleanings, but hasn’t ever had a cavity that needed treatment.

Complete $500 Initiation Fee and $65/month includes Essential Plan services, plus any additional cleanings, periodontal procedures, crowns, bridges, and root canals needed. This is for the patient who seems to always have a cavity or a restoration that needs to be replaced when they come in for their “check up.”  It is also great for the patient who has gum problems and needs more frequent dental cleanings.  

Early Bird Registration has started.  Sign up before 12/31/17 and receive a discount on your registration fee!

 

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Professional Teeth Cleanings

Even if you brush and floss your teeth faithfully, it is important that you have your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis.