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What is a severe malocclusion and how can i tell what it looks like?

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Bad bite: It's a fancy way of saying that the top and bottom teeth are badly out of alignment. How it looks can vary depending on what the cause is and whether it is related to tooth size or jaw size. Usually when it's classified as severe, it's because if left untreated, some developmental or functional problems could result from non-treatment.

Answered 9/21/2013

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Crocket teeth: That mean very poorly misallighened teeth that they dont even meet and needs extensive orthodontic treatment(braces) and may be orthgnathic surgery(corrective surgery).

Answered 12/12/2012

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Dr. Dominick Curalli answered

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Crooked teeth: Severe malocclusion means that your teeth are crowded and not straight and do not come together in a harmonious fashion. It will look different in each person. A dentist or orthodontist can help you determine how severe your malocclusion is.

Answered 9/10/2013

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Poor bite: severe: A malocclusion is the lack of harmony of the teeth in biting, it also is pertains to severe misalignment of the teeth within the dental arches. In latin mal=bad and occlsuion=bite, so a severe one is just that: very poor alignment and incorrect biting: it is due to dental and skeletal anomalies, respectively or together. You know it when you see it!

Answered 12/10/2013

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Show and tell: Malocclusion means bad bite. Severity depends on many factors, both dental and skeletal, and has to do with the way your jaws and teeth relate to each other both functionally and esthetically. Ask your orthodontist to show you exactly what's wrong, and tell you what can be done to fix it.

Answered 5/9/2013

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