Sometimes people incorrectly assume that orthodontic care makes playing certain instruments impossible. Braces that sit between the teeth and the lips cause different sensations and alter the space relationships of your lips, teeth, and instrument. While it can be a little bit of an adjustment to play a wind instrument while undergoing orthodontic treatment, making a few changes to your daily routine can help. If you are thinking about getting braces, here are three tips for playing instruments during your treatment.
Ideas for Playing Instruments:
1. Use Orthodontic Wax
Since playing a wind instrument can be uncomfortable when you have braces, keep some orthodontic wax on hand to cushion the area between the brackets and your lips. Pinch off a small piece of wax and apply it over the brackets that are creating friction to allow you to play more comfortably.
2. Plan to Practice More
Since instruments in the woodwind and brass family require the user to control their lips to form their embouchure, it can be a little more difficult to play if you are new to orthodontics. However, with extra practice you can learn how to position and control your lips with braces on. Plan to practice a few extra hours each week until you are used to playing with your new braces.
3. Consider Invisalign®
Traditional braces have wires and brackets that control tooth movement. Invisalign plastic aligners are smooth and completely removable, making it much easier to play musical instruments. During practice or performance you can remove your aligners and play normally. If you are thinking about talking with your orthodontist about your teeth, mention that you play an instrument, and request more information to see if Invisalign® is right for you.
The team at Bankhead Orthodontic Specialists are experts in the art of orthodontics and have the training necessary to move your teeth safely and effectively. With six convenient locations in the greater St. Louis area and South Eastern Illinois, you can find the help you need to reach your oral health goals. Learn more about their services by visiting their website, or give them a call at (636) 978-8848.