Not Crazy About Craze Lines? Your Richmond Cosmetic Dentist Can Help

Oct 19th, 2012 | By | Category: Cosmetic Dentistry, Patient Education

Richmond Cosmetic DentistThe practice of treating tooth discomfort has been around for longer than we can accurately pinpoint. Today, the health of your teeth and gums remains a dentist’s priority. Now, however, much of dentistry’s focus centers on how your teeth look rather than how they feel. After all, your smile is typically the first thing someone notices about you, and a self-conscious smile is not usually an appealing one. Today, Dr. Moiceanu, your Richmond cosmetic dentist, explains a common tooth blemish that holds many people back from smiling their brightest—craze lines.

Are Those Cracks in My Teeth?

If you diligently brush and floss your teeth twice a day and visit your dentist every six months for your recommended dental checkup and cleaning, then you may be surprised to see small vertical cracks form on the surface of one or more teeth. A cracked tooth typically causes some level of distress, especially if the crack is deep enough to expose the tooth’s center (pulp). A craze line, however, only affects your tooth’s enamel, and typically does not generate discomfort. These tiny lines can, however, become unsightly as debris gathers along the crack and stains it, making it more visible.

How Craze Lines Form

Although your enamel is the toughest substance your body produces, excessive use or misuse of your teeth can cause structural damage to the protective layer. A lifetime of chewing can cause these stress lines to appear, as can any action that places undue stress on your teeth. Biting your nails, grinding your teeth, or using your teeth as tools to open bottles and cans are among the many causes of craze lines. Some research even suggests that sudden extreme changes in temperature can also cause your enamel to crack. For instance, you should not chew on a piece of ice after eating or drinking something hot.

Erase Those Craze Lines

In minor cases, the appearance of craze lines can typically be erased with professional teeth-whitening treatment. The bleaching process can erase the stains that have collected along the crack, making it very hard to detect. Other options include dental bonding, which involves the same tooth-colored material used for dental fillings, and porcelain veneers. If craze lines affect more than one tooth, porcelain dental veneers may be your best option, which can cover a number of blemishes on multiple teeth at the same time. To learn more about craze lines, or how to make the most of your smile, contact Dr. Moiceanu at our Richmond, CA dentist office by calling 510-758-7222. Located in Richmond, we proudly serve families from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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