The foregoing chapters might give the reader the impression that normal occlusion was a sharply defined condition. It might seem that a standard pattern of tooth relation and dental arch relation existed and even a constancy in the relation of the dental bases to one another. This impression might be confirmed by the following definition of malocclusion:
A condition where there is a departure from the normal relation of the teeth to other teeth in the same arch and to teeth in the opposing arch.
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