Some dogs are born with serious teeth problems.
Canine orthodontics is becoming more common. Yes, there are dog dentists, but the purpose is not to give the dog a winning smile. Instead of being used for cosmetic purposes the procedures are used to eliminate painful conditions.
If the teeth don’t line up properly, chewing and picking up objects could be a lifetime problem. Sometimes simply pulling certain teeth will correct the condition, but sometimes braces are necessary.
Another painful condition occurs when the lower fangs press against or even penetrate the roof of the mouth. Correcting the condition can be done by removing part of the gum or changing the shape of the tooth.
I had an email from Jody whose “mixed breed Bulldog” had to have a series of orthodontic procedures done because the teeth were out of alignment. Without the procedures the dog would have been condemned to a life of pain and baby food. Some of her relatives have been very critical of her spending so much money on a dog.
These procedures can cost from $500 to $1500 or more. Very expensive, but it is a recurring theme on this blog that people are entitled to spend their money the way they want to. Giving their dog a good quality of life for its 12 to 15+ year life expectancy is not foolish.
Telling people how much you spent on a dog may be inviting criticism, however.