Activated Charcoal and Veneers
Activated charcoal and veneers don’t sound like they go well with each other. After all, veneers, fillings, and other tooth reparation processes aren’t some miracle work that fixes your tooth indefinitely. Some are even fragile.
Older variants of fillings could even get stained with food or drinks that release color (such as coffee). Fortunately, science and medicine have come a long way since then, and we now have fillings that are completely white. Let’s see how activated charcoal works and does it have an effect on veneers and fillings.
The Science Behind Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal is a special kind of charcoal that features many small pores in the mineral. These pores allow the charcoal to bind to certain materials and surfaces (in this case, it can bind to any irregularities or stains on your teeth).
Activated charcoal can only be created through the use of gas for the heating process. Without it, you’d get just regular charcoal which, although healthy and capable of dealing with certain health issues, isn’t as good as activated charcoal.
Time to talk about activated charcoal and veneers!
Does Charcoal Stain Veneers?
No, activated charcoal does not stain veneers and fillings. This is a common misconception since people think that charcoal, due to binding to the teeth, can stain fillings and veneers. But, charcoal is easily washed away (along with all the stains and plaque that it attached itself to).
Why is Activated Charcoal So Effective at Whitening Teeth?
Basically, it all revolves around the pores we mentioned earlier. These pores give the charcoal the ability to bind to certain impurities on your teeth. This means that if you use activated charcoal to brush your teeth (it doesn’t matter whether you’re using a DIY charcoal paste or commercial charcoal toothpaste), you’ll be able to get rid of any stains, plaque, or food pieces.
However, activated charcoal cannot whiten your teeth if they’re not healthy enough or if natural yellowing occurs. Some people simply have teeth that yellow more and more on a constant basis, and charcoal can’t help you there. It is only for surface cleaning and whitening.