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Performance Bite Equilibration & Alignment

Ventral Curvature ​(smile)

DEFINITION - Outer corner of lower incisors grow longer relative to outer upper incisors.

Causes -  May occur when deciduous caps are  retained on upper corner incisors preventing normal growth of permanent incisors. Can occur due to abnormal chewing secondary to molar malocclusions.

RESULTING PROBLEMS - Inhibits horse from chewing freely side to side often resulting in improper and excessive molar wear.

SOLUTION - Reduce length of upper central incisors and lower corner incisors to allow free side to side movement. Equilibration of the molars is imperative.