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When your teeth are not aligned correctly, we call that a malocclusion. A malocclusion, also called a bad bite, can occur at any time and any age. The best way to correct them is usually through orthodontics. Here are some categories of malocclusions:

Deep Bites: The upper and lower incisors don’t line up, and the upper incisors stick out far enough that the lower incisors can even cut into the roof of the mouth.
Open Bites: The upper and lower incisors fail to line up while biting down.
Transposition Malocclusions: The teeth breach the gum line in places other than where they should.
Crossbites: The upper jawbone doesn’t line up with the lower jawbone.
Overbites: Also called buck teeth, this malocclusion occurs when the upper incisors stick out further than the lower incisors.
Spacing Malocclusions: There are abnormal gaps and spaces between the teeth.
Rotation Malocclusions: Teeth slowly rotate in and out of alignment.
Misplaced Midlines: The middle of the upper and lower incisors don’t line up properly.
Underbites: Also called bulldog teeth, this happens when the lower incisors stick out further than the upper incisors.

Would you like to fix your malocclusion? Just call James V. Karhohs, DDS, MS, PC at our orthodontic office in Grand Rapids, Michigan at 616-773-2366 for a personalized consultation. Dr. James Karhohs and our team want to ensure that you have a healthy and beautiful smile for years to come.