A dentist’s job is to make sure your teeth stay in great health. For many patients, this means considering the benefits of dental restorations. Dentists recommend restorative procedures when a patient has a damaged, diseased, or missing tooth. These standard treatments stop the problem in its tracks, prevent additional injury and infection, and even provide…
How to Care for Your Lumineers®
Lumineers are a great way to improve the appearance of your smile, but it is important to take proper care of your Lumineers in order for them to last decades without needing to be repaired or replaced. Along with the recommendations of your dentist or orthodontist, there are certain care techniques you should implement into your daily routine when wearing Lumineers.
Tips for Lumineers care
Lumineers can last for more than twenty years if they are cared for properly. However, like natural teeth, they are prone to damage caused by poor oral hygiene, hard foods or blows to the face. The following are four useful tips on how to care for your Lumineers and ensure they remain in good condition for decades.
Practice good oral hygiene
It is important to practice good oral hygiene when caring for Lumineers. A good oral care routine should consist of brushing several times each day, flossing and using mouthwash regularly and checking for any signs of damage to the Lumineers daily. The best way to remain consistent is to set aside a period each day to care for your teeth and Lumineers, such as brushing once in the morning and at night and carrying floss to use between meals.
Limit harmful foods and drinks
Much like natural teeth, there are certain foods that are detrimental to the health of Lumineers. Lumineers go over natural teeth, which means protecting the teeth and gums is important. Certain foods and drinks high in sugar and other carbohydrates cause tooth and gum damage when they combine with bacteria that naturally occurs in the mouth. While having a cookie is not the end of the world, be sure to practice good oral hygiene after eating foods that may be harmful to teeth and gums.
Protect Lumineers from damage
Lumineers are naturally incredibly durable, so they can withstand daily pressure while eating. However, they are prone to chip when enough force is placed on them, which may occur while playing a sports activity or grinding teeth while sleeping. When doing anything that might lead to Lumineers damage, consider wearing a mouthguard to keep the Lumineers protected.
Visit the dentist regularly
Lumineers protect teeth from enamel erosion, but it is still crucial to visit the dentist regularly for routine checkups and dental cleanings to ensure good oral health long-term. Your dentist will also check the Lumineers to ensure they are not damaged or weakened in any manner, and he or she can fix any issues to the Lumineers if one exists. Ideally, it is a good idea to visit the dentist every four to six months at the very least.
Lumineers help patients improve their smile
Lumineers help people with damaged, crooked, misshapen and stained teeth achieve a smile they can be proud of. If you are interested in learning more about the Lumineers process and how to care for them long-term, consult with us today and schedule a time to visit us for an initial consultation at our office today.
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