The enamel on your teeth can be compared to a porcelain doll. While synthetic enamel is strong enough to take a beating as a child’s play thing, after a while, tiny cracks will begin to appear on the porcelain. Your teeth are covered with enamel, and even if it is the strongest substance in your entire body, teeth tend to be very used, and sometimes abused. When enamel succumbs to the rigors of time and misuse, you are at risk for developing small vertical fractures on your teeth called craze lines. Your Lake Forest, IL dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, will tell you what you can do if you have craze lines, and how you might be able to prevent them from happening in the first place.
The Craze Line Cover Up
Craze lines are very shallow, so you shouldn’t worry that you’re a sitting duck for tooth decay or deeper cracks if you notice them on your teeth. The primary concern for people with craze lines is cosmetic. When food and drinks like coffee, red and purple berries, and wine get stuck in the cracks of your teeth, craze lines can become visible to the naked eye. Many patients opt for teeth whitening to cover up their craze lines. If your stains don’t respond to whitening, other cosmetic procedures such as tooth-colored fillings and porcelain veneers can help you restore your line-free smile.
How to Avoid Craze Lines
The following things will put your teeth at a higher risk for craze lines:
- Nail biting
- Pencil nibbling
- Using your teeth as a tool (to crack nuts, open bottles and packages, etc.)
- Wearing oral jewelry (lip and tongue rings)
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Traumatic tooth injuries
Visit Your Lake Forest, IL General Dentist
If you would like to consult with your Lake Forest, IL general dentist regarding craze lines or any other cosmetic dental flaws, Dr. Fondriest would love to see you. To schedule an appointment with our office, call (847) 234-0517. Also, visit our website for services, testimonials, and before-and-after gallery. Dr. Fondriest and his staff welcome patients from all surrounding cities.