Although quite common, misaligned bites such as overbites, underbites, crossbites, open bites, or dental midlines can prove extremely problematic if left untreated. When your bite is uneven, your teeth may stick out or rub against each other in ways that quickly wear down enamel, making them more susceptible to damage, sensitivity, and decay. Bite issues put additional pressure on jaw joints, which can lead to a sore, stiff jaw, and potentially more serious issues like TMJ disorder. Misaligned bites are often considered to be less aesthetically pleasing and can hamper the self-esteem and confidence of those affected. Luckily, braces can be used to address all of these issues and more! As a patient’s bite moves into proper alignment throughout treatment, many of these symptoms will significanlty diminish.