Wearing braces and making music: In Chicago, the solution is clear

Smile Woman No one wants to have crooked teeth. Of course, few people appreciate the appearance of traditional braces, which is one of the primary reasons for the popularity of Invisalign. But, that is not the only advantage to these clear, removable aligners. One group of people who particularly object to traditional braces is musicians, from high school band members to performing professionals.

What musicians should know about braces

Modern materials are gentler and lighter weight than older metal braces, making them less likely to cut the inside of the mouth. However, metal brackets and wires can make singing or playing a wind instrument difficult, painful, or impossible. The most common concerns include:
  • Those who play instruments such as the flute, clarinet, or saxophone, may find it relatively easy to adapt to braces. However, even with an adjusted playing style, they often have problems with the instrument accumulating condensation more frequently.
  • Those who play instruments such as the tuba or trumpet typically have the most difficulties with braces. Orthodontic wax can help reduce discomfort, but it is rarely completely effective.
  • Singers, as well as actors and public speakers, often need a period of time to adjust to braces before taking to the stage. At first, it can be difficult to speak clearly or form certain sounds.

The Invisalign advantage

Appearance is what we hear about most frequently in relation to Invisalign. However, the convenience of removable aligners is another favorite benefit of Invisalign. Generally, patients are advised to remove them only for oral hygiene and while eating. However, they can also be removed for short periods if necessary for other reasons, such as a musical performance.

It is important to understand that removing your aligners too frequently, or for too long, will slow the progress of treatment. Please discuss any special circumstances, such as the need to play a musical instrument, with your dentist during the initial consultation.

If you are looking for a way to keep making beautiful music while beautifying your smile, call Big Smile Dental at 773-772-8400 and schedule an appointment to find out if Invisalign is right for you.


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