Choosing A Musical Instrument

Boy Playing TrumpetEspecially for Children, Musical Instruments Can Impact Teeth!

Playing a musical instrument can be a great hobby. It requires discipline and practice to master, and can be an endless source of relaxation and joy. (For both the musician and audience as well.)

But, especially for growing children, certain musical instruments can leave the whole mouth singing the blues. In particular, playing woodwind instruments like the clarinet or oboe can place increased pressure on teeth and potentially disrupt alignment over time. In other cases, the instrument doesn’t necessarily have to go in the mouth to be a problem. The violin, fiddle, or viola (which are supported by the chin and collarbone) can cause issues for those with jaw problems.

Aspiring musicians with a preference for a given instrument can usually overcome physical obstacles and bring melodies to life, but musicians can make the most of their talents by choosing the instrument that best compliments their unique physical characteristics, and a dental evaluation can help that process!

Musical Instrument Considerations Include:

  • Current stage of Primary vs. Permanent teeth
  • Use of Orthodontic appliances
  • Overbite or protruding lower jaw
  • Large or small front teeth
  • Jaw problems
  • Whistling ability

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