Are dark vertical lines on your front teeth driving you crazy? Does no amount of scrubbing with whitening toothpaste remove the stains that appear to run straight up and down your tooth? What you may be experiencing is actually a common cosmetic smile issue called craze lines. If you are tired of hiding your smile because of embarrassing cracks down the front of your tooth, our cosmetic dentist in Arlington Heights, Dr. Brent Engelberg can help.
What is a craze line?
A craze line is a hairline fracture on the surface of your tooth. The tiny crack does not reach the sensitive dentin, but stays within the hard outer layer of enamel. Therefore, craze linesdo not usually cause tooth sensitivity or pain. You can think of craze lines like the decorative cracks on the surface of pottery that do not actually harm the integrity of the pot. Instead, craze lines are typically a cosmetic issue. Similar to the craze lines in pottery,tooth craze lines collect staining in the tiny cracks, creating embarrassing tooth discoloration.
What causes craze lines?
Craze lines are caused by extreme pressure to the tooth from factors such as:
How can a cosmetic dentist address craze lines?
Our Arlington Heights dentist is experienced with helping patients improve their smile andhide craze lines. Just ask Trent, a landscaper and one of our satisfied cosmetic dentistry patients who was interviewed on WGN’s Living Healthy Chicago. He cracked his tooth from biting a hard pita chip. Since tiny tooth cracks are on the surface of your tooth, we can use the most minimally invasive cosmetic procedures to correct the discoloration from teeth whitening to remove the stains in the fractures, to dental bondingto smooth over the front side of your tooth. Porcelain veneers are a popular option for correcting a variety of smile imperfections at once, including covering embarrassing craze lines. Read more »