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Malocclusion

Malocclusion - Bite problems are classified as malocclusions.
 
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In a perfect world, we'd all be born with perfectly straight teeth and perfectly aligned jaws, and we'd never have to talk about malocclusions (bite problems). Terms like underbites, overbites or crossbite might refer to heavenly bites of chocolate rather than types of malocclusions. And those bullies who called you "buck tooth" in grade school would have one less tool of terror to wield. Alas, while we don't live in a dental dreamland, the world of dentistry does offer great solutions for fixing a malocclusion. Sink your teeth into our articles and you'll learn the ABCs of malocclusions, including what treatments are available for both minor and severe malocclusion.

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Q: Why should I worry about a malocclusion?
A: Malocclusions needn't cause you worry - unless you leave them go that is. Left untreated, a malocclusion like an anterior crossbite (when the top front teeth fall inside the bottom front teeth as you bite down) or a severe malocclusion like a deep overbite (when the top teeth overlap excessively the bottom teeth) can lead to problems such as TMJ disorder, receding gums, enamel wear and uneven jaw growth. Doesn't sound too bad, right? Problem is TMJ disorder can cause chronic jaw pain and headaches; receding gums can cause tooth sensitivity; enamel wear can lead to chips, cracks and breaks in the teeth; and uneven jaw growth can lead to an unnatural facial appearance.

Q: What's the most common type of malocclusion?
A: An overbite, where the upper-front teeth overlap excessively the lower-front teeth, is one of the most common malocclusions.


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