If you have Lumineers, can you eat or chew foods without damage?
Michael Apa (New York, NY) on Dec 2, 2011
You should be able to. If you can't, something is not right.
LaSaundra Estelle (New York, NY) on Dec 2, 2011
With veneer restorations it is always recommended to be aware of what you are eating and to take smaller bites. It's even better to cut food up and chew on the back teeth. This applies to everything, from apples to pizza crust to bagels to tuna salad sandwiches and steak.
Ramin Tabib (New York, NY) on Dec 2, 2011
Lumineers or porcelain veneers are very strong and can withstand forces from chewing. That being said, it is important to take care of them. Basically, anything that can break your own teeth can also break the veneer. So here are a few suggestions. Never bite on pens or pencils. Do not use your teeth as a tool. DonÃ¢''t bite on hard foods by forcefully tearing at them with your front teeth; such as a piece of hard bread or carrot. Do not use abrasive tooth pastes. Always let the hygienist know that you have veneers and on which teeth. Other than that, enjoy your veneers and donÃ¢''t change your lifestyle because you have veneers.
Kamini Talati (Port Saint Lucie, FL) on Dec 2, 2011
Lumineers are like any other veneers, or for that matter any dental restorations. You do have to be careful with what you chew. They may break or come off. If they break you have to replace them. You can have them re-cemented if they are not broken.
Christopher Baer (Aurora, CO) on Dec 2, 2011
No. Lumineers are glass or ceramic. Even though they are glued(bonded or cemented) to your teeth, they can break when excessive force or hard foods are chewed or eaten. That does not mean you cannot bite into an apple or your favorite sandwich, but you need to be aware of what you are eating. Lumineers are not indestructible, and if not taken care of they will chip or break. Properly done veneers can and do last a long time if care is taken by the dentist to do them correctly and care is taken by the patient to maintain them.
Steven Bader (Newton Centre, MA) on Dec 2, 2011
That is a great question. Lumineers are very thin but they are generally very strong. I always recommend eating very hard things on any porcelain veneers to be safe. For example, no cracking lobster claws or nuts with your teeth. Generally most regular foods are unlikely to damage most porcelain veneers. I hope that helps. Good luck!
Amanda Seay (Mount Pleasant, SC) on Dec 2, 2011
Lumineers are just a brand name for a type of porcelain veneer. Porcelain veneers, when properly bonded and designed, are made to be very strong and allow for normal functions such as eating and chewing. Things you should avoid with porcelain veneers are hard, thick substances such as hard pretzels, crusty breads, or habits such as biting your fingernails and using your teeth to open or tear things. If you are careful, there should not be an issue.