When you experience jaw clicking or popping, it can be a painful or uncomfortable sensation. This common phenomenon is caused by a misalignment of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)- which are the joints that connect the jaw to the rest of the skull. This is what helps your jaw attain a large range of movement, allowing you to chew, eat, sing, yawn- really anything that has to do with moving your jaw!
Since your teeth can affect your overall health, it’s important to know if you have a misaligned bite, or a malocclusion. Ideally, your front and lower teeth should fit together with the top teeth slightly overlapping the bottom teeth, but this doesn’t always occur, resulting in a malocclusion. There are two main types of malocclusions: underbite and overbite. But what is the difference between the two?