How are Lumineers applied to the teeth?
During your initial consultation, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth so that your custom veneers can be made. The impressions will be sent to a laboratory that specializes in creating Lumineers. Once the dentist receives your Lumineers, you will return to the office for the application of the veneers. Your dentist may need to lightly etch your teeth so that the Lumineers will bond properly; however, extensive trimming and grinding will not be required. Once the Lumineers are positioned correctly on your teeth, the dentist will use a curing light to bond the Lumineers to your teeth. The application process takes about one hour in total.
What precautions do I need to take with Lumineers?
Lumineers are bonded to your teeth in the most durable way possible, so few precautions need to be taken with the types of food you eat after receiving Lumineers. Excellent oral hygiene, however, is essential in maintaining tooth and gum health and the appearance of your Lumineers. Regular brushing and flossing is even more important than before, and maintenance visits to your dentist will be required. You should plan to visit your dentist four times a year. During these appointments, the dentist will check your Lumineers, and polish the teeth margins to extend their lifespan. You should use non-abrasive toothpaste and wear a mouth guard if you participate in contact sports. Additionally, if you tend to grind your teeth at night, your dentist may recommend that you wear a protective brace while you sleep.
How long do Lumineers last?
With proper care, Lumineers can last up to 20 years. To extend their lifespan, be sure to attend your maintenance visits and follow proper oral hygiene.