Lumineers are a special kind of dental veneer that are made out of an ultra-thin porcelain. Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers do not require our cosmetic dentist in Northridge to remove any enamel from your teeth in order to be placed. Properly maintained Lumineers can last for over 20 years.
In order to ensure their longevity, it is important to make sure that you are taking proper care of your Lumineers. The best way to do this at home is to regularly brush and floss your teeth. While the porcelain Lumineers are resistant to decay, the teeth behind them are still vulnerable to the effects of decay. Along with practicing proper oral hygiene at home, it is recommended to visit the dentist every six months for a dental exam and cleaning.
It is also a good idea to avoid foods that stain your teeth. While Lumineers are resistant to staining, they are unfortunately not completely stain-proof. Over time, wine, tea, coffee, and smoking can start to dull your Lumineers if you are not careful about it. Also, if a tooth behind the Lumineer gets stained, it can shine through and affect the color of the Lumineer. And while the porcelain used in Lumineers is particularly durable, it is still best to avoid biting on hard items like ice cubes, pen caps, and fingernails.
If you are interested in learning if Lumineers are the right cosmetic dental option for your needs, contact our expert in Lumineers in Northridge to schedule a consultation.