Thought I'd share a little story about my dog who had braces
A little under four years ago, my puppy, Aggie, was finally old enough for me to pick her up and take my little 8 week old bundle of joy home. As we played with the pups, the breeder and I were chatting away. I asked if all the pups had homes. She said all but one, before explaining that one had a fault that meant her vet recommended the pup be euthanised, she didn't want to do that so she whisked the poor pup home and wasn't sure what she was going to do with him. I said I would give him a loving home alongside the puppy I planned to purchase. The dynamic duo was born. And with that Bear joined Aggie and our family. Raising two pups together was a challenge, but they have both turned out beautifully well behaved and have the most delightful temperaments.
We took them to our vet the day after and got their advice on Bear. Bear's bottom jaw is too short and his bottom canines were situated in the wrong place, which means that his bottom teeth dug into his pallate causing painful wounds. Unable to shut his mouth without causing pain, he couldn't eat properly, chew properly and he was generally miserable poor baby. The vet said that they would remove the bottom canines that were causing the trouble, but couldn't do the same to his adult teeth as it would weaken the jaw too much.
We were reffered to a specialist dog dentist who presented the option of braces. Using a plate and braces, they would gently tip the canines away from the pallate in such a way so that they would lock in a place so that he could use his mouth properly and be free of pain. We decided to go with the braces. He went into surgery and a few hours later he came out with braces. Regular checkups were booked to track the progress he was making. A few months later, he had the braces removed and he was fit as a fiddle. The treatment went perfectly and he's now a happy, healthy dog.