What Are Craze Lines? Farmington Hills Dentist Explains

Have you ever heard of a dental term called craze lines? Craze lines are small fractures in your tooth enamel that, when stained, can create the appearance of vertical lines on your teeth. Many people find this to deflate their smile confidence. Smiles are an important part of your quality of life, and you deserve to feel good about your grin. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Askari, explains the causes of craze lines, and what to do if you are avoiding smiling because of them.

Risky Behavior for Creating Craze Lines

The following things will put your teeth at a higher risk for craze lines:

  • Nibbling on pencils or other hard objects
  • Biting your nails
  • Using your teeth as a tool to do things like cracking nuts, opening beer and wine bottles, etc.
  • Getting lip and tongue piercings
  • Sustaining traumatic injuries to the teeth
  • Teeth grinding

Covering Up Craze Lines

Craze line fractures are relatively shallow, so you shouldn’t be concerned that cavities are imminent just because you have them. As long as you stick to a good oral hygiene routine and visit your dentist for regular checkups, the only issue you should have from vertical fractures is cosmetic. Once the enamel is fractured, beverages such as coffee and red wine can stain the cracks of your teeth, and then craze lines will be visible to the naked eye. Many patients that have craze lines on their front teeth opt for teeth whitening so they won’t be embarrassed when they smile at others. When 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.

Teeth Whitening and Porcelain Veneers in Farmington Hills

If you have craze lines, or any other issues with your teeth, Dr. Askari can help. At Comfort Dental Spa, we offer a wide array of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, including the Zoom! Chairside Whitening System and porcelain veneers. You can schedule an appointment by contacting our Farmington Hills dentist office at (248)474-6434. We are happy to serve patients from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, the 48335 zip code, and surrounding neighborhoods.