Abnormal Bite and Canine Orthodontics

By February 3, 2019Family Pet Veterinary Blog

As
described in a recent
post
, dental conditions are often hidden and painful.
The following posts are going to help describe conditions that pets
can get as well as treatment. Many people I talk with are surprised
how we can help pets with dental conditions and save teeth whenever
possible.

When
poor positioning of a tooth causes crowding and subsequent
periodontal disease, moving the tooth correct the problem may be the
answer. This procedure is best reserved for strategic teeth like
canines. Adjustments to the elastics occur weekly and sometimes the
brackets need to be relocated as in the initial and almost finished
images below:

This
is usually a genetic condition and breeding a pet after this
procedure is unethical due to the risk of passing this condition on
to offspring.

Orthodontic appliances can be used for other types of conditions as well. One example is an elastic training device to help keep alignment of the jaw and support the muscles after resection of part of the jaw following oral tumor removal.

Contact
us
to learn more about treatments for your pet!