The way your teeth meet when your top and bottom jaws close down on top of each other is known as your ‘bite’. If your teeth are misaligned, you could have malocclusion or ‘bad bite’, which can cause problems with your teeth, gums, the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) and the muscles in your face.
This teeth misalignment, often referred to as TMJ disorder, can also cause some people to clench the jaw and grind their teeth at night. This can lead to facial pain, headaches, discomfort and clicking when biting or chewing, migraines as well as neck and shoulder pain, and even back pain. If you recognise any of these symptoms or suffer from these on a daily basis, you will need to see a dentist who will either treat your TMJ or bruxism problems or refer you to a specialist if necessary.