All You Need To Know About Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening

Charcoal-based products, such as charcoal face masks to charcoal shampoo and most recently activated charcoal toothpaste have been topping the charts in the beauty scene.

It may seem like a new ingredient but activated charcoal has actually been around for awhile and are mostly known to cleanse, detoxify and even whiten teeth. According to data calculated by Statista based on the U.S. Census data and Simmons National Consumer Survey (NHCS), 38.29 million Americans used tooth whiteners in 2019, and is projected to increase to 38.92 million in 2023.

There are a variety of reasons why people want a whiter smile. Generally it is for aesthetic reasons, people aspire to have a more beautiful and pleasant smile. A smile is one of the first things people use to make their assessment of you and your personality, so naturally a white smile will make you look younger, healthier and confers confidence and self-esteem.

Whiter teeth and good oral hygiene are also linked to benefit a long line of general health and wellbeing including reducing cavities, improving dietary factors and even a healthier heart.

White Glo which originated from Australia, has a pretty glamourous history. It was originally developed for makeup artists who would then use it on models and actors before they made their on-screen appearances. When word spread about how effective the White Glo formula was, more and more people asked for it to be made available to the public.

  1. What is teeth whitening and how does it work?
    Teeth whitening works by lightening teeth from the inside out and is a simple process. Whitening products usually contain either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.

    The peroxide solutions basically bleaches or whitens the enamel, which is the outer covering of the tooth, and the dentine, which is the inside of the tooth. When both the enamel and dentine are bleached or whitened you get a much improved colour of the teeth that is usually sustained well for the long term. 


  1. Is there a difference between teeth whitening and teeth bleaching?According to the FDA, yes there is a difference.  Teeth whitening is restoring teeth to their natural colour by removing stains and debris from the tooth's surface using either safe chemicals or abrasives. In the case of White Glo’s activated charcoal products, it contains a Micro-Polishing Particle to effectively lift stains and discolourations. The formulation is low abrasion, recommended for daily use and contains fluoride to flight cavities and decay.

    On the other hand, bleaching is permitted for products that can whiten teeth beyond their natural colour. When you bleach your teeth, you’re using a form of either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, and that's a bleaching technique. Your enamel is made up of something called enamel rods. These are tubules and the bleach actually gets into those tubules and bleaches a slight depth into the enamel surface and whitens it by bleaching it. 


  1. Is teeth whitening safe?
    Teeth whitening is generally safe when conducted properly. The best option is to visit a dentist for a professional clean and whiten. For those who want to whiten their teeth at the comfort of their own homes, choose a reputable brand and follow the instructions carefully. White Glo has been the leading Australian manufacturer of teeth whitening products for 20 years. All White Glo's products undergoes thorough testing and meet all guidelines. White Glo’s products are extremely safe to use and will not harm tooth enamel.


  1. What are the ingredients in White Glo products?
    White Glo Toothpaste contains a Micro-Polishing Particle to effectively lift stains and discolorations. The formulation is low abrasion, recommended for daily use and contains fluoride to flight cavities and decay. White Glo’s products was rated number one as the most effective whitening toothpaste.


  1. Can you talk about the extensive research that goes into safely developing and testing White Glo products?
    White Glo is developed by leading experts including Australian and international cosmetic dentists using the latest research and technologies. Each White Glo product undergoes extensive testing before any product is released. White Glo is also approved by government regulations.

    In Singapore, under the Health Products (Cosmetic Products-ASEAN Cosmetic Directive) Regulations 2007, as long as the concentration of hydrogen peroxide or other similar chemicals present in a finished oral hygiene product is less than or equal to 0.1%, it will be allowed for sale to the public. Regardless of the efficacy of the treatment, no act or legislation has been violated provided the whitening products used by these non-dental professionals contain less than or equal to 0.1% hydrogen peroxide.

  1. How long does it take to see results, when using White Glo twice a day?White Glo Toothpaste is a gradual whitening product and after use daily for two weeks you will start to see the difference. However, it is important to manage expectations. Not everyone will achieve a Hollywood smile in 1 session. Everyone’s teeth are different and respond to the products differently. The thickness of your enamel will affect how well the whitening ‘takes’; if you have enamel wear, it will take more time for the teeth to whiten. Plus, if you have any fillings, bridges, crowns or implants, the results may be compromised.

    Stains on teeth can occur as a result of the enamel becoming discoloured when you have too much of highly pigmented foods or drinks like red wine and coffee as well as smoking tobacco. Whitening your teeth will help to remove stains but is important to have stained teeth cleaned first by a dentist.

    Similar to how people tailor their beauty regimes based on the specific needs of their skin and skin type, it made perfect sense to have a range of teeth whitening products that is not only safe but has also proven results to meet the various needs.

  1. Once teeth have been whitened with White Glo, how should this be maintained?
    White Glo Toothpaste are designed and suitable for daily and continuous use. This will help to maintain the white smile.

  1. Does using White Glo products means I do not need to go to the dentist?
    Getting a professional is important to ensure your oral care is at it’s optimal health. Using White Glo products compliments your visits to the dentist. It should be part of your whole brush & floss regime.


  1. What’s the difference between teeth whitening offered at the dentist, doing a veneer or using White Glo products?
    White Glo Toothpaste is a gradual whitening product and after use daily for two weeks you will start to see the difference.