Do lumineers damage your real teeth?

I was interested in getting lumineers done but I wanted to know if they damage your real teeth when they eventually come off?

Doctor Answers 3

Lumineers damage real teeth?

It depends on multiple factors, one of the most important is the preparation that is made to make the space that lumineers will be bonded. Even non preparation veneers, requires a minimum preparation that obviously needs a portion of enamel removed. Once you modify the integrity of a tooth, there will be a higher percentage of damage for leaks between preparation and tooth estructure (veneers require more care than natural teeth and annual visits to dental office to have xrays to determine if there are leaks), if they come out solution is simple just getting it bonded again if they didnt broke at your dentist office.  each case is unique, some techniques can allow the patient to get back to the initial state removing all veneers others just will need to have veneers always in their mouth in cases of deep preps on enamel in this case the patient wont be able to get back.

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Great Question!

Lumineers are definitely long term or permanent restorations. They are a brand of porcelain veneers. They do not need to be removed or replaced unless something deteriorates relative to your tooth structure supporting the veneer or the veneer itself. They do not damage your teeth. If you maintain the health of your teeth by daily hygiene and periodic professional cleanings and exams, your veneers/Lumineers can potentially last a life time and never cause any damage to your teeth. 

Monica Crooks, DDS
Sacramento Dentist


Lumineers are meant to be a permanent restoration. They don't have an expiration date. At some point you will probably want to replace them due to improvements in technology or changes in your mouth. They are not considered a temporary restoration so you need to make sure you are committed to the result they create for the long term. Removing Lumineers can damage the tooth structure underneath if the dentist isn't careful. Most patients that want Lumineers/ veneers don't want them removed.

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