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Is a malocclusion a worse condition than an occlusion?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
Yes: "occlusion" means "bite, " the way the teeth and jaws relate to, and function with, each other. "malocclusion" means "bad bite, " and you need to see a fully qualified orthodontic specialist for treatment. Go for it!
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Dr. Stuart Hoffman
32 years experience
?: The definition of a malocclusion is a bad bite (mal=bad, occlusion=bite). Occlusion is the way a person bits and their teeth come together. A malocclusion is a bad bite.
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