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My Problem



Frequently Asked Questions

Oftentimes, patients are referred for a problem, but don’t really know why. Below is a brief list of common problems. Bite problems can result from dental problems and/or skeletal problems. Dr. Renick will evaluate the bite at your consult appointment to make the diagnosis and help you understand what needs to be done to correct it. A “malocclusion” simply means the bite is not correct. Many people have many questions and this will be an evergrowing page. If you don’t see your question or answer below, drop us a line at and we’ll add it to the list! Educating our patients about their issues is one of our main goals.

What is a Crossbite?

In a normal mouth, all of the upper teeth are slightly larger than their lower counterparts. This makes the upper arch of teeth slight larger than the lower arch of teeth. For this reason, all of the upper teeth sit slightly outside of the lower teeth and this is how the teeth function. Sometimes, growth problems or dental problems cause arch length problems. Missing teeth, small or peg teeth, or an underdevelop or constricted jaw can all be the cause of this kind of problem. An anterior crossbite is sometimes called an underbite. Posterior crossbites can be caused by jaw constriction either from genetics or a finger sucking habit.

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