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Seek out orthodontic treatments for malocclusions. A malocclusion, also called a bad bite, is the result of an irregularity or abnormality in your smile that has resulted in some type of misalignment with your teeth. Typically, malocclusions occur in the incisors, but crooked teeth can appear anywhere, and can even be caused by your jawbone. Try your luck at the following quiz to see how well you understand the various types of malocclusions:

Which of these ailments is not a type of 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 out of position and configuration.
a.) True
b.) False

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

Which of these ailments is not a type of incisor malocclusion?
a.) Underbites, also called bulldog teeth
b.) Overbites, also called buck teeth
c.) Open bites
d.) None of the above

Answer Key: c, a, a, d

Orthodontics can give you the joy your smile deserves. If you would like to speak with Dr. Thomas Dowling and our team about possible treatment options, please schedule an appointment at our orthodontic office of Thomas Dowling, DDS in Olney, Maryland, by calling 301-658-7751. We will do our best to help you in any way we can.