GETTING BRACES CAN BE VERY EXCITING!
The promise of a beautiful, straight and healthy smile at the end of orthodontic
treatment is more than worth the minor aches and pains that go along with
We understand, however, that you may have some more in-depth questions
about undergoing treatment depending on your unique circumstances or lifestyle choices.
This is especially true of people who play musical instruments such as
the flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone or other brass and woodwind instruments. We hope to answer some of your questions today!
Play An Instrument? Here’s What To Expect
Overall, we can say that there is no reason getting braces should keep
you from playing the musical instrument of your choice.
There will, however, be an adjustment period when you get your braces on,
as well as when you get them off.
The adjustment period will vary from person to person and will differ depending
on the instrument you play. Woodwinds, especially those with reeds like
the saxophone and clarinet, are generally easier to get used to playing
with braces, while brass instruments, like the trumpet and french horn,
prove to be more difficult.
There are two things that should help you as you get used to playing your
instrument with your new braces: using orthodontic wax and adjusting your
embouchure. Put orthodontic wax on each bracket to protect your lips while playing.
As for adjusting your embouchure, we’re no music experts! But from
what we’ve been told by patients who have had braces and play instruments,
loosening your embouchure–or the way you apply your mouth to the
mouthpiece of your instrument–can help make sure there isn’t
so much pressure.
We recommend working closely with your music teachers during the initial
adjustment period so you can adjust your embouchure as needed and be comfortable while playing.
And who knows… this experience may even help you become a better musician!
Take Care Of Your New Braces
We know how well you take care of your musical instrument. You clean it
frequently and treat it with care and respect so that you can perform
your best come concert or recital time.
The same care is necessary for your braces and your teeth!
Brush your teeth morning and night and after meals. Don’t forget
to floss at least once a day and avoid eating hard foods or candies that
could break a bracket. Follow your orthodontist’s instructions and
you’ll end up with that gorgeous, straight smile you’ve been
Watch the video below for more tips on keeping your braces clean:
Let’s Discuss Your Options
We know getting braces can be difficult, and even more so if you play a
woodwind or brass instrument! We also understand that every person is unique.
Come into our office and we can discuss all of your options such as other types of braces, like invisible aligners, or ways that our
other patients have learned to deal with traditional braces while playing
an instrument. It is our goal to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable
Your smile deserves the very best. Thank you for trusting our practice!