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How Do Braces Affect Playing an Instrument? September 20, 2019

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How Do Braces Affect Playing an Instrument?, Oxford, Ohio

Learning brass and woodwind instruments is a popular middle- and high-school hobby. Many teens also get braces around this time, which can, unfortunately, create some roadblocks. It doesn’t mean you have to stop, however. There are several solutions to explore, and below, you’ll find a complete guide on how to navigate this hobby while maintaining your oral health.

Learning to Play Instruments With Braces

Which Instruments to Play

Woodwind instruments, like the saxophone and clarinet, are more braces-friendly because they won’t have to make contact the mouthpiece. However, the pressure your mouth generates while blowing can create some discomfort. You may also leave more saliva on the mouthpiece of your instrument.

braces-lamont-b-jacobs-dds-orthodonticsBrass instruments are the most challenging because the metal mouthpiece will contact your braces. This is especially hard with small-mouthpiece instruments, like the French horn. Braces can also cut into the back of your lips when blowing hard, so you’ll need to make a few adjustments to your technique.


Unless you want to explore a different instrument like the piano or guitar, which can both be fun and rewarding, you’ll want to work with a music teacher on adjusting your technique. You’ll also need to clean your instrument more often because of the excess saliva. If you already have braces, wax the surface before playing to reduce rubbing and discomfort. If you’re still exploring orthodontic options, ask your dental care professional about Invisalign®. These clear aligners fit perfectly over your teeth and won’t protrude. This will minimize their impact on instrument-playing. You can also explore behind-the-teeth braces if you’re a candidate. Explain the instrument you play to your orthodontist so they can explore the best solutions that will allow you to pursue your new hobby while keeping on your corrective dental wear.


If you’re ready to explore Invisalign, braces, and other corrective options, turn to Lamont B. Jacobs DDS Orthodontics. Based in Fairfield, OH, this practice offers many solutions, including metal braces, Invisalign, adult braces, and clear braces. Dr. Jacobs and his team will work closely with you to find the best option, so call (513) 829-7045. You can visit their website to learn more about the practice.

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