So tonight I decided to finally try out the natural whitening method of using Activated Charcoal. Now typically charcoal capsules are used for treating stomach and intestinal issues like gas (and others you can look up!), but charcoal absorbs the toxins in your body so theoretically it will absorb the stains in your teeth & help keep your gums clean!
I googled several methods (because you CAN NOT always believe the first thing you read on the internet!!) and decided that I would purchase the capsules. Now, most of these testers said they could EASILY find the charcoal in their drugstores, well if you're Canadian like me, this is false. I checked several grocery stores and finally Shoppers Drug Mart had some. I bought the Swiss Natural brand which were $12.99 for 90 capsules.
I want to tell you that it's important you have something to clean your sink after because charcoal can and will stain the porcelain. It won't be permanent, but it will last awhile. I used a Clorox Bleach wipe since they were there, and it worked like a charm.
So what I did was take the capsule and twisted the top portion off and dumped half of the capsule onto the brush. I did half because it was a fair amount and didn't want to spill it everywhere. (this is the point in time that I wish I had an extra toothbrush so that I could have one for the charcoal, and one for after).
I brushed my teeth like I usually do and made sure to spit carefully as to not get charcoal all over myself.
I then rinsed my mouth with a bit of water and then proceeded to brush my teeth with regular toothpaste to get the remainder of the black out of my mouth.
Now, don't freak out when you look into your mouth and it's totally black, it will come off!
I didn't notice much difference from my before and after, but I'm told some people required a few capsules. (My photos have bad lighting, I apologize - my bathroom has warm light, so it makes everything slightly gold in hue)
All in all, I'd say my mouth feels very fresh and I like that, but I will probably have to do a few more capsules and let you know if I achieve a whiter smile!
***I know I have chipped teeth, I like them. I played soccer and rugby until I was 19 so I got hit a lot. I like to this of it as character.