Woman touching Lumineers veneer.

Congratulations on your new, fabulous Lumineers smile! However, once the procedure is done, many patients find themselves asking what they need to do next. This guide looks to answer all of your questions about post-Lumineers care.

About Lumineers

Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers are ultra-thin porcelain shells that are custom-designed to fit seamlessly over your existing teeth. This innovative solution requires minimal to no tooth reduction, preserving your natural tooth structure.

Lumineers are not only a cosmetic enhancement but also a durable solution designed to resist wear and staining, offering a lasting improvement to your smile.

Lumineers Aftercare

So, now that you have your new and improved smile, how do you make it last?

Follow Post-Procedure Instructions

Following aftercare instructions is an important first step towards the success and longevity of your Lumineers. After Lumineers placement, we will provide you with specific guidance. These instructions may include recommendations on how to ease into eating regular foods, managing any initial sensitivity, and specific oral hygiene practices. Reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Patience and Adjustment

It’s normal to experience a brief adjustment period as you get accustomed to your new Lumineers. Initially, you might notice slight changes in your speech or how your teeth come together. However, these sensations typically dissipate within a few days as your mouth adjusts to your Lumineers. If any discomfort persists or you have concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Oral Hygiene with Lumineers

First and foremost, good oral hygiene doesn’t change because you have Lumineers. They might be resistant to staining and decay, but the teeth and gums underneath are not.

Brush at least twice a day with a non-abrasive toothpaste with fluoride and a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent plaque buildup. Flossing is also non-negotiable. It’s important to floss to remove debris between your teeth and protect your gums.

Watch Your Diet

While Lumineers allow you to enjoy your favorite foods without worry, it’s a good idea to be mindful of your diet. Extremely hard foods or biting directly into hard items (think ice, hard candies, or bones) can risk damaging your Lumineers the same way they can damage teeth.

Similarly, though your new smile is more resistant to staining than your natural teeth, excessive consumption of coffee, tea, red wine, or tobacco can eventually lead to discoloration of surrounding teeth, making your Lumineers look less natural. Moderation is key, and consider using a straw for darker beverages to minimize contact with your teeth.

Avoid Harmful Habits

Certain habits can be detrimental to your Lumineers. Nail biting, pen chewing, and using your teeth as tools can apply undue pressure on your Lumineers, risking damage. Similarly, if you’re known to grind your teeth at night, consider discussing a protective night guard with your dentist. Such a guard can help protect your Lumineers, and your natural teeth, from excessive wear.

Regular Dental Visits

Routine check-ups are more important than ever after getting Lumineers. We will not only be checking on your oral health as we always have, but we will also check the integrity of your Lumineers, ensuring they are securely in place and free from any potential issues. These visits are the perfect opportunity to address any concerns or questions you may have about your new smile.

Caring for your Lumineers is not much different from caring for your natural teeth, but it does require a conscious effort to protect your investment and maintain your beautiful new smile.

Remember, your dental team is always here to support you, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need further guidance. And if you are considering Lumineers, schedule an appointment today and let us help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of.