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The term "malocclusion" (poor bite) refers to a number of possible conditions. The most common are:
A normal fit is when the upper teeth are slightly forward of the lower teeth. Malocclusion, when there isn't a normal fit, is classified by how the upper and lower teeth fit together. The bones of the jaw are also checked for proper position in relation to the teeth.
A jaw structure problem that children are born with can cause malocclusion. Malocclusion can also cause the jaw joint to move out of place.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||William F. Hohlt, DDS - Orthodontics|
|Last Revised||January 2, 2013|
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