In general, no, Lumineers are not designed or intended to last a lifetime on your teeth. They have proven to last a long time with proper care, up to 20 years in some cases. It is possible they could last for over 20 years.
If a Lumineer needs replacement, it is usually for one of the following reasons:
- Discoloration or stains
- Chips, cracks or other damage
- Veneer has loosened or fallen off
- Patient no longer wants Lumineers
Because Lumineers do not require much modification of existing tooth enamel, they can be removed without the necessity for replacement. Other types of veneers must remain on teeth, and will always need to be replaced if removed, because the enamel has to be reduced. In this sense, Lumineers are reversible should you ever change your mind down to road.
Here are tips for caring for your Lumineers:
- Brush teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes each time
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle pressure
- Floss once a day, every day
- See the dentist for regular checkups
- Be aware of which beverages and foods are most likely to stain Lumineers over time
While these veneers do resist stains, it is possible for them to discolor after a certain number of years. Black coffee, tea, wine, sports drinks, juice and soda are the big culprits in teeth stains. If you drink these beverages, swish plain water around in your mouth after drinking them. As for food, tomato-based sauces, beets, blackberries, curry, turmeric and other deeply pigmented foods are more likely to stain. Again, you can rinse with water to combat some of the effect.
Bad habits like chewing ice cubes, biting on pen tips and tearing packages with teeth can damage your Lumineers. Even biting into a really chewy baguette or tough steak could loosen a veneer. For these reasons, exercise a little caution to extend the life of your rejuvenated smile.
The only way to know if Lumineers will fit your expectations is to consult experienced, caring cosmetic dentist Dr. Frank Scavuzzo in Centennial, CO. To learn more, please call our team at 303-741-2727. Our patients visit us from across the surrounding areas, including Lone Tree and Highlands Ranch.