I have somewhat of a coffee addiction. It may not be as alarming as other people’s coffee dependency, but I certainly need at least one cup of coffee a day. Without it, a throbbing headache will begin to make its way by 1pm. I’m also a coffee sipper which means I sip the same cup of coffee throughout the day. I don’t usually drink more than one cup unless I’m working on several projects with tight deadlines.
My ‘addiction’ started sophomore year in college. My parents forbade me to drink coffee when I was younger because they believed it would stunt my growth. Little did they know, it was genetics that disqualified me from the Victoria’s Secret runway show. It started out with coffee drinks with an exorbitant amount of sugar. I’m talking Mocha Frappuccino, White Mocha and Caramel Macchiato. Until one day, I decided to eliminate the sugar, and just take it black.
Since I’ve been religiously drinking coffee for over a decade, I don’t exactly have a pearly white smile. I’ve always wanted to get my teeth professionally whitened, but I just can’t get myself to shell out several hundred dollars on top of what I’ve already spent on my lingual braces. I tried the Crest White strips, but I found it too stripping. My teeth became extremely sensitive only after a few uses.
Due to the amount of pressure caused by my braces, I wanted to try something natural but still effective. I’ve seen the charcoal whitening method, so I decided to give it a go. Activated charcoal has natural adhesive qualities that bind to the usual stain suspects – coffee, tea, and wine. If your teeth are naturally darker or yellow, then you might need a product with bleaching properties. I used Avistar’s Natural Teeth Whitener and Detoxifier, and here are my thoughts.
THE LOW DOWN
Avistar’s Natural Teeth Whitener and Detoxifier is made up of organic coconut charcoal powder with orange seed oil, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), coconut oil, and mint flavor. It’s packaged in a plastic container with a twist off cap.
IS IT SAFE?
Charcoal is known to be abrasive. Without proper use, it can wear enamel and expose dentin which is the softer, yellowish layer of the tooth. What’s great about Avistar’s charcoal powder is that it isn’t just pure charcoal. It has coconut oil which has been used in Ayurvedic medicine and is believed to assist in oral detoxification. Orange seed oil has carminative properties that helps the removal of excess gas in the intestines. The alkaline powder in baking soda can help remove discolorations.
It’s safe enough to use daily, but it’s important to pay attention to your teeth as it could affect everyone differently. I used it once daily for 2 weeks, and I did not experience any pain or sensitivity.
After my usual brushing routine, I dip a damp toothbrush into the powder and brush my teeth for 1-2 minutes followed by a rinse. I’d recommend a toothbrush with soft bristles, so you can thoroughly brush each tooth without hurting your gums.
I haven’t tried any other activated charcoal products, so I don’t have any other basis of comparison. If you’re looking into a natural whitening solution, I’d recommend that you give this one a try. It’s compact enough to travel with and less messy than using charcoal capsules. Plus, you don’t have to bother diluting the product in water to create a paste to tone the abrasiveness of charcoal tablets.
After using it once daily for 2 weeks, my teeth are slightly less yellow and shinier than it was when I first started. You’ll also notice some of the yellow stains in between my teeth have faded a bit. I had no expectations of instant brightness, but I’m happy with the results. Plus, gradual improvement is probably much safer. My teeth aren’t dazzling white, but I’m hopeful that after several more weeks of use, I might just blind a passerby 😉
DISCLAIMER: This product was sent to me by Avistar in exchange of my honest and unbiased review.