Fact: A bad bite, or malocclusion, can sometimes be responsible for tooth pain, jaw pain (TMJ), headaches, tooth sensitivity, poor esthetics, and more Ever feel like your bite is a little off center? Maybe you have no pain and have no trouble chewing, but your teeth could be wearing unevenly and at an accelerated rate. Your uneven bite can be characterized by malocclusion. Malocclusion is the misalignment of a bite or unfavorable placement of teeth. Though malocclusion does not hinder functions of the mouth, it can lead to accelerated wear on the teeth – ultimately reducing the size, shape and strength of those teeth that contribute to face shape. It also contributes to decreased longevity of the teeth, which can advance deterioration and jeopardize dental health. Malocclusion can also be characterized by visual spacing or crowding in your smile, an uneven bite or a chipped, cracked or broken tooth resulting from misalignment.