Malocclusions & Damaged Smiles

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Are malocclusions the cause for your damaged smile? A malocclusion, also referred to as a bad bite, is the result of an irregularity or abnormality in your smile that has resulted in some form of misalignment with your teeth. On occasion, malocclusions occur in the incisors, but crooked teeth can appear anywhere, and can even be caused by your jawbone. Try your luck at the subsequent quiz to see how well you grasp the various types of malocclusions:

Which of the following is not classified as a spacing malocclusion?
a.) Overcrowded teeth
b.) Large gaps between teeth
c.) Extremely sharp teeth
d.) All of the above

True or False: Rotation malocclusions are bad bites that have resulted in teeth that are not properly positioned on the gum line.
a.) True
b.) False

Which of the following is not classified as an incisor malocclusion?
a.) Underbites, also called bulldog teeth
b.) Overbites, also called buck teeth
c.) Open bites
d.) None of the above

True or False: Transposition malocclusions are the result of teeth erupting in the wrong places along your gum line.
a.) True
b.) False

Answer Key: c, a, d, a

Dr. Christopher Corsa and our team at Corsa Orthodontics will ensure that you get the care and quality your smile requires. If you would like to come visit us at our orthodontic office in San Jose, California, please schedule an appointment at 408-997-7772. Come in today to learn all about the joys of orthodontics!