From detoxifying face masks to oral supplements, charcoal is one buzziest ingredients of the moment. Recently, activated charcoal has also gained momentum with fans for its teeth whitening and gum-nourishing benefits. While charcoal isn’t exactly FDA-approved for these purposes, the anecdotal “evidence” documented by the many loyalists to the black stuff is pretty impressive (at least, to me). While charcoal-infused oral care products can be kind of messy, they seem to actually keep their promise of removing surface stains without causing sensitivity.

When it comes to removing discoloration thanks to a love red wine, cold brew, and tea, there is clearly no single at-home treatment or remedy that’s able to rival the effectiveness of in-office work performed by your dentist. However, the striking amount of hype surrounding charcoal left me intrigued enough to try it out for myself. Yes, I too am a self-professed coffee addict, who often forgets to rinse and gargle after finishing my morning cup of joe (or afternoon latte, let’s be honest). Below, you’ll find my favorite charcoal-powered whitening products that left me with a visibly brighter smile.

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