Malocclusion is a poor fit (alignment) of the teeth and jaws. An overjet is when the lower teeth are too far behind the upper front teeth. An underbite is when the upper front teeth are too far behind the lower teeth.
A common cause of malocclusion is teeth that have too much or too little room in the jaw. As a result, teeth may grow or drift out of place. Some people refer to it as having crooked teeth or a "poor bite."
Current as of:
June 30, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine William F. Hohlt DDS - Orthodontics JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & William F. Hohlt DDS - Orthodontics & JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
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