Is your child getting braces and concerned about the effect it will have on his/her playing of a beloved musical instrument? Our Las Vegas orthodontics office want to assure you that it’s perfectly fine for your child to continue to play his or her musical instrument. First and foremost, there will be a short period of adjustment for getting used to playing with the braces. For a student playing woodwind instruments that period will be shorter than those playing brass instruments. You can expect this transition period to last between several days to as long as two weeks, depending on the instrument and your child’s temperament.
- Don’t stop practicing – It may take a few days or a week to get passed the initial discomfort caused by your new braces, but be sure to pick up your instrument, put it to your mouth and get used to the feeling of the mouthpiece against your lips and braces. Both high and low notes will be difficult to reach when you begin, but the discomfort will subside and it will get easier as you continue to play.
- Try using a different mouthpiece – This simple move may help you reach the notes your trying to play.
- Use wax, or a protective lip or cheek guard – Wax is the least expensive option to ease any discomfort potentially caused by pressure from your instrument to your lips and braces, smoothing out rough edges. It can be difficult to remove and may get caught up in your braces. Guards for braces and lip protectors may ease the comfort for you as well, though they require proper cleansing and maintenance.
- Consider alternatives to conventional braces – Your orthodontists in Las Vegas, NV are specialists in Invisalign® treatment. Clear aligners are made from a special plastic that has smooth edges designed to fit comfortably over your teeth to avoid any irritation. Invisalign aligners are also removable, unlike traditional braces, and therefore may be removed when practicing or performing.
Don’t be discouraged about playing an instrument with braces. At Significance Orthodontics your Las Vegas, NV Orthodontists, we’ll work with you to make sure perfecting your smile won’t get in the way of your passion for playing an instrument.
This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our Las Vegas, NV orthodontics office would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.
The Significance Orthodontics Team
Specializing In Braces In Las Vegas, Nevada
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