Can You Whiten Teeth That Have Lost Enamel?

Written by Dr. Brian Harris

September 07, 2023

Can you whiten teeth that have lost enamel? It's a common concern that many face.  

In layman's terms, tooth enamel is the hard, protective outer layer of teeth that is essential for shielding your teeth against decay and sensitivity.

Enamel loss and erosion might sound like dental terms reserved just for the pros, but they affect us all, particularly when they lead to discolored teeth.

Drawing from our experience, over-the-counter teeth whitening products are designed to work wonders on remineralizing your tooth enamel to strengthen your teeth and smile - and all from the comfort of your home.

Read on for our illuminating insights on the causes of enamel loss and how teeth whitening products by SNOW can restore your tooth enamel to its former brilliance.

What this article covers:

What Is Tooth Enamel?

Tooth enamel is the hard, outer layer of your teeth that protects the softer, inner layers. Think of it as a shield for your teeth, defending against daily wear and tear. Without it, things like enamel damage and tooth sensitivity can become serious issues.

It's no surprise that enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. That's exactly why we at SNOW use whitening products that contain natural ingredients that strengthen your tooth enamel and promote your oral health.

teeth whitening with enamel erosion

What Causes Enamel Erosion?

Enamel erosion is the gradual wearing away of enamel, exposing the underlying dentin. It can lead to stained teeth and increased tooth sensitivity.

Based on our observations, some common causes of enamel erosion are:

  • Acidic foods: Consuming too many citrus fruits or sugary sodas can wear down enamel.
  • Gum disease: An unhealthy gum line may lead to enamel loss.
  • Acid reflux: This condition can cause stomach acids to reach the mouth, causing erosion.

When you suffer from enamel erosion, your thin enamel can reveal the darker dentin beneath, causing your pearly whites to lose their luster.

That's why we recommend using SNOW's tooth whitening foam. Can you bleach a dead tooth? Our specialized whitening formula contains gentle ingredients like hydroxyapatite and arginine, which support and restore the health of your tooth enamel after every use.

After conducting experiments with it, we found that it effectively bleaches both functioning and non-vital teeth.

What Does A Weak Enamel Look Like?

A weak enamel is the thinning or erosion of your tooth's protective outer layer. It can be caused by factors such as acid exposure in foods and drinks and grinding your teeth while sleeping. Teeth with weakened enamel typically look yellow, translucent, or discolored and can be more sensitive to temperature and prone to cavities.

Using our specially formulated powder to whiten teeth can work wonders on tooth stains and weakened enamel caused by your diet. Simply sprinkle it on your regular toothpaste and watch as it gently removes tough stains brought on by smoking, drinking red wine, and even coffee.

Can Teeth Whitening Damage Tooth Enamel?

Not only do our whitening products not damage tooth enamel, but we at SNOW actually go out of our way to protect your tooth enamel at all costs. A beautiful, white smile means nothing to us if we aren't doing everything we can to ensure that your oral health is elevated in the process.

whitening options for teeth with enamel loss

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Does teeth whitening work on stained teeth? Based on our first-hand experience, teeth whitening works by targeting and breaking down intrinsic and extrinsic stains on your tooth's surface to reveal its natural whiteness.

Over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products, particularly the ones we design and create here at SNOW, typically contain active ingredients like hydrogen peroxide, which penetrate the enamel to reach discolored molecules within your tooth.

This is especially true for our whitening teeth strips. They contain hydrogen peroxide which whitens your teeth while being incredibly gentle on your enamel and without causing sensitive teeth after whitening.

When applied, these active whitening agents release oxygen molecules that react with the discolored compounds, breaking them apart and lightening the overall appearance of your tooth.

The Effect Of Teeth Whitening On Tooth Enamel

Unlike traditional teeth whitening methods, our products utilize hydroxyapatite, which is a naturally occurring mineral in teeth, known for its enamel-repairing properties.

Hydroxyapatite not only aids in stain removal but also helps in remineralizing and strengthening the enamel. This ensures that while your teeth are being whitened, they're also receiving protective benefits.

is it safe to bleach teeth after enamel erosion

This is especially true for our home teeth whitening kit, which contains our extra-strength whitening wands that specialize in whitening one tooth at a time. They contain a serum made with both hydroxyapatite for enamel restoration and potassium nitrate to prevent tooth sensitivity while whitening.

Using the teriffic trio of our electric whitening toothbrush, whitening toothpaste and teeth whitening mouthwash in conjunction with our diamond whitening kit can take your brushing routine to the next level.

They're free of harmful ingredients like fluoride, sulfates, and alchol, which can erode your tooth enamel and dehydrate your mouth. Instead, they tackle deep discoloration, clean your teeth, and whiten them up to seven shades lighter.

The SNOW approach to teeth whitening prioritizes both aesthetics and enamel health, ensuring a brighter smile without compromising tooth integrity.

whitening treatments for compromised tooth enamel


In this guide, we discussed the most common causes of enamel loss and erosion, such as your diet and dental and physical health. Without enamel, your teeth are left defenseless and more susceptible to sensitivity and decay.

At SNOW, we're committed to creating whitening products that are convenient and effective - giving you a radiant smile while keeping your best assets - your teeth, enamel, and gums, safe and sound.

Whether you want to strengthen weakened enamel or have general questions about maintaining a glowing smile, we have an innovative teeth whitening product or two designed with you in mind.

With our help, a comprehensive approach, and a glittering array of whitening solutions to choose from, achieving a stunning smile, even with enamel loss, is now within your reach. Try out SNOW's dentist-formulated and award-winning whitening solutions today and rejuvenate your enamel!     

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