Occlusion

Illustration of Occlusion

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Occlusion is a perfect fit (alignment) of the teeth and jaws. This is also known as a "proper bite." Naturally perfect bites are rare. Most people have some form of malocclusion ("poor bite"). Orthodontists use braces and other tools to move teeth into alignment to achieve occlusion.

Last Updated: January 22, 2009

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Steven K. Patterson, BSc, DDS, MPH - Dentist

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