Malocclusion is the misalignment of teeth and jaws, or more simply, a “bad bite”.
Malocclusion can cause a number of health and dental problems. Malocclusion is the result of the body trying to optimize its function in a dysfunctional environment.
It can be associated with a number of problems, including crooked teeth, gum problems, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and jaw muscles.
Teeth, fillings, and crowns may wear, break, or loosen, and teeth may be tender or ache.
Receding gums can be exacerbated by a faulty bite. If the jaw is mispositioned, jaw muscles may have to work harder, which can lead to fatigue and or muscle spasms. This in turn can lead to headaches or migraines, eye or sinus pain, and pain in the neck, shoulder, or even back. Malocclusion can be a contributing factor to sleep disordered breathing which may include snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome, and / or sleep apnea. Untreated damaging malocclusion can lead to occlusal trauma.