Then she noted she had recently taken one of the three for a check-up. The veterinarian told her the dog had a slight overbite, but that it could be corrected with braces. At that we both laughed out loud, shook our heads, and wondered why anyone would put braces on a dog. Much money is involved in regular checkups, immunizations, heart worm medications, and other sicknesses and/or injuries that might befall one’s pets. So, neither of us could quite fathom putting braces on a dog. However, wanting to know more, I googled “teeth braces for dogs” and learned a lot.
Sometimes a dog’s teeth are so misaligned that when closed together, bottom teeth can injure the soft palate. Crooked teeth can also result in gum disease, making the dog susceptible to infections that not only affect the tooth, but may spread through the blood to vital organs. The website cautioned that all dogs are not and should not be candidates for braces. There are many factors involved, such as the shape of the dog’s face and jawbone, the severity of the misalignment, injuries inside the mouth due to the crooked teeth, his or her ability to drink, etc. You can read much more about dogs and the reasons, cautions, and decisions to be made about braces in their lives at this site: http://www.mypetsdentist.com/site/view/113680_bracesorthodontics.pml After reading this information, I wasn’t laughing anymore. Braces for dogs are not for aesthetic, but for medical reasons. That I could understand.
You can see photos on the website above of real dogs. But I just want to share a few public domain dog faces showing the various shapes, faces, and snouts. They are from here http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/gallery_Dogs_m59-sb_id-so_descending-page1.html?view=0&so=0
This post was written by Pam Todd, a member of the Crafting for Animals Guild on Artfire, who dearly loves all the pets she has had in the past, and Eddie, their big guy Boston Terrier who makes every day fun. Pam is owner of Bags and More by Pam on Artfire, where she creates hand-crocheted items for people, pets, and homes. She also is a supporter of The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee.