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Occlusion is how the upper and lower teeth fit together (how they align). This is
also known as "bite." Perfect bites are rare. Most people
have some form of malocclusion ("poor bite"). Orthodontists use braces and
other tools to move teeth into a better and more normal occlusion, or alignment.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerWilliam F. Hohlt, DDS - Orthodontics
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & William F. Hohlt, DDS - Orthodontics
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