When patients get dental braces, the appliances do require adjustments to a number of different aspects of a patient’s lifestyle. Those orthodontic patients who play musical instruments should be prepared for a brief period in which they acclimate to playing while wearing appliances. Patients usually get used to the situation in a week or two.
During that time period, these musicians may also want to schedule a few extra practice sessions to help them get more comfortable playing the instrument while wearing braces.
If you do experience continued discomfort while playing your instrument, your orthodontist can make suggestions to remedy those effects. For example, many patients find it helpful to wear wax on their brackets while performing or practicing.
Certain recommendations may be specific to your instrument. Wearing braces will have a different effect on a flute player in comparison to a clarinet player in comparison to a trumpet or trombone player. As a result, your orthodontist may want to tailor the intervention in accordance with your instrument.
When planning for your time in orthodontic appliances, it’s also important to work with your orthodontist to identify and address other potential problems. For example, you should clearly understand what foods you can and cannot eat during treatment so that you can avoid damaging the brackets and wires.
Some patients also have mild discomfort for a short time after an appointment during which the braces are placed on the teeth or adjusted to promote the desired movement. Patients should also plan for this possible outcome. In most cases, any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter painkillers, but you should also get your orthodontist’s advice for managing discomfort.
After you take a week or two to adjust to your braces, the appliances should have minimal effects on your ability to continue to play your musical instrument. If you have ongoing problems, contact your orthodontist’s office for some guidance on how to correct the issue.
For more information, contact the office of Dr. Beverley Bunn at 210-921-9191 today.