Pet Orthodontics

mediumYes, dogs may need orthodontics, too! Our veterinary dentists treat all types of malocclusion (incorrect bites) at I-20 Animal Medical Center, from bite problems that require full-mouth braces to canines that are in the wrong location.

Occasionally, we have cases as simple as a class 3 underbite, which occurs when the animal’s lower teeth protrude out over the upper. To treat this condition, we often can put a lower ramp appliance in place and “jump” the upper teeth over the lower ones. You can see what a ramp looks like below.

We also see cases where the canines stick into the roof of the mouth and prevent the dog or cat from closing their mouth properly. We place guidance appliances in these cases to move the canines into their proper positions.


This shows a simple ramp for an underbite. This dog’s bite would not allow full closure of the mouth. This ramp (the same kind we use for human kids!) brought the teeth into alignment after about four months and allowed the back teeth to once again close all the way.original

This dog’s bite was so severe that we had to place upper wires and lower power chains to get the teeth back into alignment. After about 8 months, the teeth were in perfect position.original

This dog’s lower canine was so out of position that it stuck into the roof of the mouth. We had to bring it forward and outward in order to get it into its proper place. Canines are very hard to move in dogs, so we chose a fixed ramp, which gently pushes it into position with every bite the dog takes. Six months later, the canine was exactly where it needed to be.

If you think your pet may need pet orthodontics or other veterinary dental care, call I-20 Animal Medical Center at 817.478.9238 for a dental consultation.