Your teeth go through significant wear and tear on a daily basis due to the nature of their existence. Sometimes teeth experience enough stress to fracture the enamel, craze lines, however concerning, are usually only cosmetic imperfections and do not pose a serious risk to oral health.
What Do Craze Lines Look Like?
Craze Line Causes
Repetitive stress is the main cause for craze lines, this mainly involves chewing and teeth grinding (bruxism) among other activities.
Clenching Your Jaw
During times of emotional or physical stress, some people tend to clench their jaw, this can create immense pressure on your teeth.
Uneven bite alignment
If your teeth are uneven, some of them may receive more pressure than others which can cause craze lines.
Eating hard or frozen foods
Accidentally chewing on a bone, or on ice cubes, etc. may cause enough pressure to crack the enamel if you are not careful.
As we age, the constant usage of our teeth can cause damage. If you have poor oral care, your teeth may become even weaker over time. Keeping up good oral habits can maintain your oral health even into old age.
Have you ever broken a glass plate by running cold water over it while it was still warm out of the dishwater? Tooth enamel can react the same way to significant changes in temperature.
Nail biting, toothpick chewing, etc.
These activities are usually unnecessary and can cause undue stress on your teeth. If you partake in these activities often, you may cause them unnecessary damage.
Are Craze Lines Common?
Are Cracks Worse Then Craze Lines?
The difference between a crack and a craze is how deep the fracture is, a crack will break through the enamel and go all the way to the dentin, and it may even affect the pulp of the tooth if it is severe. If you do crack a tooth you may also experience a feeling like you are chewing on sand or gravel, this is because of the enamel that has broken off of the tooth.
A craze line does not go past the enamel of the tooth, and won’t affect the dentin layer, if the dentist does not believe the craze line will get any worse, they may not see a reason to fix it.
Craze lines are not a serious medical concern, however, if the individual wants to get it repaired for aesthetic reasons there are a number of different dental bonding solutions available.
Can A Craze Line Fracture A Tooth?
Can Craze Lines Be Prevented
You may not be able to entirely prevent a craze line from happening, but you can minimize their chances of occurring:
- Stop bad habits like nail-biting and opening bottles with your teeth
- Avoid chewing very cold or frozen foods like ice cubes
- Use a night guard or mouthguard to protect against teeth grinding
- Avoid eating staining foods or beverages like red wine and coffee as they can make craze lines more visible.
- Avoid using tobacco products to reduce the visibility of craze lines