While it isn't any fun by any stretch of imagination, they do serve a purpose. Did you know your dog can get one too?
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So when would your dog need a dental brace?
When your dog's teeth are improperly aligned (mal-occluded) it can make chewing quite painful. A misaligned tooth can dig into your dog's palate and cause pain even when they simply close their mouth.
Orthodontic procedures can prevent problems such as:
- Early onset and increased severity of oral (mouth) infection
- Damage to the soft tissues of the mouth from sharp teeth penetrating the unprotected gum and mouth tissues
- Excessive wear: when abnormally aligned teeth grind against each other, the abrasion frequently wears through the enamel, causing the weakened tooth to fracture so that the nerve becomes exposed
- Pain in the jaw joints as well as in the gums, lips, cheeks, and teeth.
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