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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 ever growing 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 an Openbite?

This is the reverse of an overbite. In this case, the is a vertical space between the top and the bottom teeth. This creates a functional problem with the front teeth. Teeth function when they come together. If they don’t come together, they can’t function. The front teeth are called incisors. To incise means to bite in to. Openbites make eating certain foods difficult to eat or bite into such as apples, corn on the cob, or lettuce. Openbites can be a product of a tongue thrust or a finger sucking habit.

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