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Malocclusion North York

Malocclusion means the teeth are not aligned properly.

Causes

Occlusion refers to the alignment of teeth and the way that the upper and lower teeth fit together (bite). The upper teeth should fit slightly over the lower teeth. The points of the molars should fit the grooves of the opposite molar.

The upper teeth keep you from biting your cheeks and lips, and your lower teeth protect your tongue.

Malocclusion is most often hereditary. This means it is passed down through families. It may be caused by a difference between the size of the upper and lower jaws or between the jaw and tooth size. It causes tooth overcrowding or abnormal bite patterns. The shape of the jaws or birth defects such as cleft lip and palate may also be reasons for malocclusion.

Call Stonebrook Dental at (416) 636-4227 to book your appointment. We are conveniently located at 4401 Bathurst Street, Suite 302 in North York, ON.

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