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WHAT IS A MALOCCLUSION?
Few people have perfectly symmetrical teeth and a perfect bite. A malocclusion is a problem in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together in biting or chewing. The word malocclusion literally means "bad bite." The condition may also be referred to as an irregular bite, crossbite, or overbite.
CAUSES OF MALOCCLUSIONS
Most malocclusions are caused by hereditary factors. The most common cause of malocclusion is a disproportion in size between the jaw and teeth, or between the upper and lower jaws. For example, a child who inherits a mother's small jaw and a father's large teeth may have teeth that are too big for the jaw, causing overcrowding.
Examples of Inherited Malocclusions:
Examples of Acquired Malocclusions:
TYPES OF MALOCCLUSIONS
Crowded & Crooked Spacing Missing Teeth
Deep Bite Open Bite Large Over Bite
Anterior Crossbite Posterior Crossbite Underbite