A new at-home dental trend has been emerging to help whiten teeth—using charcoal. But how safe, exactly, is this treatment?

Medical professionals are warning against this DIY whitening treatment that involves smearing a black, charcoal mixture on your teeth. While the cosmetic results may hold true for some, dentists from the American Dental Association say that this abrasive material can actually do more harm than good.

Issues that may arise after using charcoal as a teeth whitening agent may include:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Blotchy whitening results
  • Enamel erosion and deterioration

If you are looking for a quick alternative to whiten your teeth, experts recommend avoiding this treatment option, and instead opting for a formally tested dental whitening procedure or at home teeth whitening treatment provided by our dentists.

At Cosmetic and Esthetic Dentistry, our experienced dental team offers various teeth whitening procedures to help you get the smile of your dreams. Treatment options include:

  • In-office power whitening system
  • Customized take-home whitening kits

However, to fully determine which teeth whitening treatment is best for you, our dentists will meet with you in person to discuss your oral healthcare goals and needs. Together, we will formulate a personalized treatment plan to help you get the dazzling results you want to achieve.

If you’re in the Woburn area and would like to learn more about your teeth whitening options, give our office a call at (781) 396-8558 to schedule your initial consultation.