It’s not only humans who have to use orthodontic braces. Sometimes, it can also be applied to animals.
Wesley, a 6-month-old Golden Retriever, found himself having the same problems as many young people. But not for aesthetic reasons. It wasn’t in his plans to have a metallic smile, he had to put the device to correct the bite that prevented him from closing his mouth completely. It was damaging his health, especially his chewing.
Molly Wesley’s owner lives in Spring Lake, Michigan, where she works at the veterinary clinic Harbor front hospital for animals owned by her dad, Jim Moore.
“When his permanent teeth began to born, we realized that they were growing in the wrong direction and that he would be unable to close his mouth completely”.
“He wasn’t playing with his toys and he was losing weight,” she said. “It was very worrying for me, and we needed to do something
Luckily, Molly’s father happens to be a specialist in veterinary dentistry and had the perfect solution: Dog braces.
Jim Moore acknowledged that dog braces are an “unusual technique,” but said they can help animals with dental problems.
“We don’t place braces or any oral appliances in the mouth for aesthetics,” he said. “We do this for pain or function.”
“A lot of people don’t understand,” Molly added. “They think we did this so he won’t get picked on in the playground, but there’s a serious medical reason.”
According to the American Veterinary Dental College, the condition is known as “malocclusion” and occurs where teeth are not able to fit comfortably when the mouth is closed.
Jim Moore said he performs the braces technique rarely — perhaps four times a year. But he said the braces will help Wesley have a healthier smile.
Wesley was placed under anesthetic while the wire and braces were affixed to his teeth.
Here’s the final result with Wesley showing off his adorably cute and awkward brace-face.
As we find out braces helped Wesley to have a normal life, it’s been quite a while since he got his braces and now his teeth are completely healthy thanks to them and his lowing owners.