A bite that does not meet properly (a malocclusion) can be inherited, or acquired.

Causes of malocclusion include missing or extra teeth, crowded teeth or misaligned jaws. Accidents or developmental issues, such as finger or thumb sucking over an extended period of time, may cause malocclusions.

If you suffer from headaches or think you may have a malocclusion, talk to your dentist about your treatment options.

Treatment options commonly include wearing a night guard, exercising the jaw muscles, and for more serious cases reshaping orthodontics.