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If You Bite Your Cheek, You May Have A Crossbite

OUCH! WHY DID I DO THAT?… If you occasionally bite your cheek by accident, you may have a posterior crossbite. A posterior crossbite occurs when the upper back teeth are inside the lower back teeth.

When posterior crossbite exists, the inside cheek does not drape out to the side properly. Instead, it can drape inward or get pushed toward the lower teeth during eating. The inside cheek then gets caught between back teeth accidentally when chewing. Ouch!

Crossbite Can Be Painful And Unhealthy

There are two types of posterior crossbites. Posterior crossbites can be all teeth on one side or a single tooth on one side.

Cheek biting is especially painful when second molars are in crossbite and they bite the cheek with a sudden heavy force.

Your Crossbite Can Be Treated By An Orthodontist

Posterior crosssites can be treated as early as age 7.

To find out if you have a posterior crossbite, visit an orthdontist near you. Contact the American Association of Orthodontists at

These crossbites were corrected by orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca of Antioch, Calfornia. Visit us at, or give us a call at (925) 757-9000.

Eliminate cheek biting forever. Enjoy dinner. Bon appetite!


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