Orthodontic braces can be used for cats to correct bad bites that are created by malocclusion, which is the malposition of the teeth resulting in the faulty meeting of the teeth and jaws. This orthodontic treatment is used to create a healthy, comfortable bite, which helps prevent future problems such as:
Braces may be needed in trauma cases such as bite wounds, congenital or prenatal problems and genetic abnormalities. Other reasons your cat may need braces may include:
Malocclusion of the teeth can be severe and can lead to eating problems, growth deformities of the oral cavity and face, periodontal disease, soft tissue trauma, and genetic problems in reproduction.
What to Watch For
Diagnosis of Feline Malocclusion
Diagnostic tests are needed to determine if your cat has malocclusion and needs dental braces. Tests may include:
Treatment of Feline Malocclusion
Applying braces may include the following:
Home Care of Cats with Braces
If braces have been applied, it is important to brush your cat’s teeth daily. You need to check braces, devices and elastic chains daily for proper placement, and follow-up with your veterinarian every two weeks.