The Dental Care Center

Can you get your teeth whitened if you have cavities?

Untreated cavities and teeth whitening can be a dangerous combination. Professional teeth whitening can damage your smile if you have untreated cavities, so it’s best to have a dental checkup before using whitening products.

Untreated Cavities and Teeth Whitening

OTC whiteners contain hydrogen peroxide to remove stains, but dentists usually use a higher concentration whitening agent to penetrate the enamel and provide a more thorough, deeper whitening. Though the professional whitening agents provided by dentists are safe, they can still aggravate decayed teeth.

Exposing a cavity to a whitening agent can lead to a persistent toothache and even cause permanent damage to the decayed tooth or teeth. At The Dental Care Center, we always provide a thorough examination before any treatments, including teeth whitening, to ensure the safest and best possible outcomes. 

Teeth Whitening in Van Nuys, CA 

Tooth stains can have a negative impact on our confidence and make us look prematurely aged. However, professional teeth whitening at our dental office in Van Nuys can remove stains and brighten your smile. We also treat cavities and other oral health conditions so your smile can look and feel healthy and attractive.

Please contact us today to schedule your cosmetic dental consultation! 

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