Tuesday, February 10, 2015

You're never fully dressed without a ----



SMILE. 

One of the best things about anyone is their smile.

So, when teeth aren't white some people shy away from smiling or, at least, dimming one of their brightest attributes.

I'm sure you've seen commercials for whitening toothpastes, bleaching strips, professional whitenings... and all of that speaks to the point: we want white teeth. 

But we also like our money. (Amen?)

I, for one, am likely to try a whitening toothpaste. (Not noticeably effective -- but inexpensive).

I'm less likely to splurge on $40-$50 whitening strips. I could get on a soapbox about chemicals or active ingredients but honest to goodness, I just think that's a lot to pay!

My dentist said he could whiten my teeth professionally for $300. Oh... um. No thanks.

So, I was jazzed when I begin to see some alternatives floating around. Naturally, I chose the craziest looking one to try: activated charcoal. There are some other homemade options, but this one looked the craziest and I'm a big fan of things that look crazy and end up working. So -- it was sort of fate. 

I hopped on Amazon, (of course) and found some activated charcoal caplets that were somewhere between $5 and $10.

Once I received them in the mail and tucked the kiddos quietly in bed my experiment BEGAN!

Steps:

Before pic. Obvi! ;) 



Then, I broke the capsule apart (not easy, by the way). But I needed to use the powder, so I muscled through. 



I rubbed the powder on my toothbrush, and scrubbed away. Other online forums said to brush for 3-5 minutes, spitting in a cup to make clean up easier. I of course skipped the cup step and spit in my sink. It wasn't a horrible mess, so you can skip the cup too.

Brush, brush brush.
Take a "during pic",  simply for your amusement...




And then the rinsing began. This was just a whole lot of spitting and rinsing. Like... a lot.

But then I was done and anxious for my after pic.





To be honest, I don't think it worked too well. I have read you should do this 3-5 days in a row, so I'll keep going and see what happens. But, I didn't see immediate results.

However, my teeth feel like they've just been professionally cleaned and while the process was ugly -- there was no taste or grit like I sort of anticipated. So, no harm, really. Just a fun experiment.

I'll post my day 3 pics in two days for you guys to compare!

Are you an oil-puller? If so, it is suggested you can add this to your oil for the same whitening effect while you pull! Just a suggestion! Give it a try and let me know what you think!


xoxo,
Meg