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Can my son still play his musical instrument with braces?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on March 29, 2012

My son plays the trombone at The Rhythm Studio in London. Can he still play his instrument if he gets braces?

The trombone is a great instrument to be able to play. Fixed braces should not interfere with musical instruments and you should be able to obtain a lip seal to play the trombone. Initially the fixed braces may rub the inside of the lips. To help reduce ‘this rubbing’, we will show you how to place ‘wax’ which is a soft pliable material to place over the fixed braces. There is also a clear plastic covering which you can place over the fixed braces called a lip bumper, and we will show you how to use this. We will ensure that the orthodontic treatment will give him a fantastic smile and at the end of treatment, all we ask, is to hear him play some great tunes on the trombone!

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