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Crowns to fix a Crossbite My daughter needs several procedures including crowns on her front top teeth. The dentist told me that my daughter has a crossbite on her left side.

The dentist suggested making the crowns for her front top teeth slightly bigger to help the crossbite. The dentist said "It will look like she has too much tooth. She won't have a Hollywood smile, but it will be all right".

But, that isn't all right with me. No matter what, I couldn't understand exactly what she meant and I am afraid of what my daughter will look like...for example, are her lips going to be sticking out or are her teeth going to be bucked? ...Visitor from PA

I confess that I am not really clear on the circumstances you have tried to describe. Suffice it to say, however, that if the teeth at hand are adult teeth you should NOT go forward with your dentists suggestions.

See an orthodontist prior to having unattractive crowns placed. A "Hollywood Smile" is not what sounds to be at risk. I am concerned that your daughter may end up with a hideous smile.

Whatever you do, protect your child's esthetics. Your daughter will thank you for it.

For the record, the concept of treating a crossbite with an overbulked crown is similar to fixing a flat tire with a stapler.....you will wonder what you were thinking. Have a reputable orthodontist examine your precious child.

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