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Occlusion


Picture 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.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerWilliam F. Hohlt, DDS - Orthodontics
Last RevisedJanuary 11, 2011

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