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3 Must-Know Tips for Playing an Instrument with Braces

February 22, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — sbworcester @ 2:30 pm
Teen playing flute at home

If you play the guitar or drums, then you likely won’t experience any learning curve at the beginning of your orthodontic treatment. But if you play the flute, saxophone, or clarinet, you certainly will. The good news is that the adjustment period will be temporary, and there are several ways you can speed through that process. With this in mind, keep reading for three tips for playing an instrument with braces!

Tip #1: Wax Up Your Braces

After you get braces, you’ll notice that your teeth hurt or your gums are irritated when you place your lips against the mouthpiece. There’s a simple solution: dental wax. Simply place a small piece over the sharp edge of the bracket or wire to prevent discomfort from arising as you play. Since it’s waterproof, you can keep it in place until it’s time to eat or complete your oral hygiene regimen!

Tip #2: Use More Breath

With the brackets and wires securely in place, you’ll quickly realize you need to adjust how you play. Oftentimes, musicians find that they need to use more breath in order to achieve the desired sound. In other words, it may take some time to figure it out, so be patient with yourself!

Tip #3: Practice, Practice, Practice

This may seem like an obvious tip, but it’s of the utmost importance. During the first few days or weeks, you might feel discouraged and ready to give up. However, the more time that passes, the more the calluses on the inside of your lips will develop. The more they develop, the more comfortable playing an instrument will be. So, practice, practice, practice!

Bonus Tip: Consider a Different Orthodontic Treatment, like Invisalign!

If you’re still in the process of deciding if you want to move forward with orthodontic treatment, then consider an alternative to metal braces, like Invisalign. The clear aligners don’t have brackets and wires, and they can be removed at any time. So, if you have an important recital or concert on the horizon, you don’t have to stress about trying to change how you play – you can simply take out your aligners for the performance! If you’re interested in learning more about this discreet and comfortable teeth-straightening service, then schedule a consultation with your orthodontist!

About the Practice

At Super Braces of Worcester, we help children, adults, and everyone in between with everything from traditional braces to Invisalign. In other words, if you’re unhappy with your smile due to crooked, spaced-out, or otherwise misaligned teeth, the next step is simple: schedule a consultation with us via our website or by phone at (508) 755-2207. We’d love to help you achieve your healthiest, happiest smile!

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