We’d all love to have a glistening-white smile like Julia Roberts or Matt Damon. White teeth make you feel healthier, younger, more confident, and ready to walk the red carpet. But at-home kits and inpatient dental treatments don’t just cost you financially—they can cost you your health, too.
In large doses, bleach and hydrogen peroxide can burn your gums and cause sensitivity, even if you’ve never had sensitive teeth in the past. Those who have gum disease may experience worsening symptoms after having their teeth bleached. Even seemingly benign products like whitening toothpaste may have abrasive particles that eat away at tooth enamel.
Not so glamorous.