As a coffee aficionado, I must confess that teeth whitening is something I often overlook and let’s be honest, it’s pretty hard to get excited about toothpaste. Right?
I should be better at this – I mean, I drink so much coffee that I’m practically immune to the effects of caffeine (unless it’s a withdrawal symptom) – So when Janina sent me their UltraWhite Activated Charcoal Toothpaste and Charcoal And Clay Teeth Whitening Powder to try, skeptical as ever, I was intrigued to see if they’d actually work.
Hydrogen peroxide free and minimally abrasive, the toothpaste contains pineapple and papaya enzymes to effectively remove surface staining and whiten teeth.
The toothpaste itself is grey in colour (from the activated charcoal, obvs) which threw me at first as charcoal isn’t something that I naturally associate with teeth whitening products. However, it is known to purify breath and lift any surface stains caused by tea, coffee, nicotine and red wine so I can totally see why it’s such a popular ingredient in toothpaste.
Does it actually work though?
I’ve been using this morning and evening for just over two months now and I’ve noticed a big improvement in my teeth. In order to get the best results, it’s advised not to rinse your mouth out after brushing your teeth – which does take some getting used to! It took me a good few weeks to break old habits, and once I did, I started to see the stains slowly fading away.
It leaves a minty and fresh taste without that awful burning sensation you sometimes get from mouthwash which is great. While my mouth feels fresh and clean, my bathroom sink certainly doesn’t (it’s very messy), but knowing that I can enjoy copious amounts of coffee without worrying too much about staining my teeth is a pretty good tradeoff in my opinion!
I’ll admit that I haven’t been as regimented with the Charcoal and Clay Teeth Whitening Powder as it is a bit of a faff in comparison to just using toothpaste. However, this is much more concentrated and intense than the toothpaste, so it’s great for a ‘quick fix’ in the lead up to an important occasion or event.
I just use a pinch of powder in the palm of my hand and dip a wet toothbrush into it. I brush my teeth as usual for a couple of minutes and rinse.
I’m pleased with the overall results; my surface staining and teeth discolouration is visibly reduced and I’ve experienced no negative side effects such as sensitivity.
Have you tried these? How do you keep your pearly whites looking white?