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A 47-year-old member asked:

What is malocclusion?

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Dr. Jay Kansal
Dentistry 16 years experience
Bite is not right: A malocclusion means that your teeth arent fitting right together when you bite. Teeth are supposed to fit a certain way and you are supposed to bite on certain areas of your tooth (after you get a filling done, the dentist makes you bite on a blue piece of paper- that is what they are checking). Some ways malocclusions can be fixed is by braces or an occlusal adjustment.
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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Bad Occlusion: Malocclusion is actually stating that the way your teeth come together is off or not ideal. Honestly almost eveyone has some form of malocclusion, however it usually is used to refer to someone with more prominent malocclusion, so the need for braces or even surgery+braces is needed to correct it.
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Dr. David Schleimer
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40 years experience
Exact description : Malocclusion comes from latin = male and occlude = latin for shut up or close badly closes.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
Bad Bite, literally: Can be dental, skeletal, combination of both. It means your teeth and/or jaws do not come together and work properly with each other. It's a condition, not a disease. Put teeth and jaws where they belong teeth work better, last longer, are easier to care for, and look a whole lot better. Why not go see an orthodontist for an initial examination (usually free or modest cost) and find out.
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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Orthodontics 30 years experience
Misalignment: When your teeth and bite are not in proper alignment.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

How can I help malocclusion?

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Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 19 years experience
Orthodontist: Your local orthodontist is the expert in dental occlusion. They will be able to develop a treatment plan to fit your expectations.
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Dr. David Schleimer
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Make sure that oral and nasal breathing are within normal and that any pernicious habits (tongue thrusting, thumb sucking etc) are addressed. Other than that, a doctor must help guide you. Orthodontics really is a wonderful specialty!
Apr 11, 2013
A 34-year-old member asked:

What can correct malocclusion?

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Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 47 years experience
Braces or surgery: Depends on the type of malocclusion. See an orthodontist for him to determine whether it can be treated with orthodontics (braces) or if it is skeletal in nature and requires orthognathic surgery.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
Most often when jaw surgery is required for a non-growing adult, Orthodontic treatment is also required for proper occlusion. You will need to see both an Orthodontist AND and Oral Surgeon in that case.
Jul 7, 2013

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