The Midlands Specialist Orthodontists
Playing a wind or brass instrument
uses a combination of lip and facial
muscles, tongue and teeth, a
technique known as embouchure.
Different instruments need a different mix of these elements to make them function at their best and unfortunately orthodontic treatments can make forming the correct embouchure difficult.
We’ve treated a lot of wind and brass instrument players. The majority are children, although we do treat professional adult musicians too. For younger players who are in the learning process and developing their skills, we typically look to time treatment in relation to instrument grading, with the young patient completing their current grade before commencing treatment.
A symphony orchestra trumpet player has lower front teeth crossed over and wants them straightened because she feels it will improve her play. We apply some plastic to the patient’s teeth for a week to see if it makes a difference. The patient reports that it feels fine so we make an aligner and she wears it for a day with no issues. The patient proceeds on to treatment with aligners, on the understanding that if it doesn’t work for her we will stop immediately. By the end of the treatment the patient is first trumpet in the orchestra and her confidence has improved dramatically. Her career is safe and her teeth look beautiful. The risk of causing irreversible changes that weren’t suitable for playing has been averted.
What To Expect
An in depth conversation about you, your instrument
and your schedule before discussing your options.
Together we can work out a timeframe that suits you
and deliver what you are aiming to achieve with your
teeth and your music.
Learn about our patient journey
Pros of treatment
for wind instrument
- For children, time treatment around grade exams
to have a minimal impact upon your musical
- For professional musicians, avoid the risk of changes
that harm your career
- Have potential obstacles to playing, such as air escape,
- Experience the boost in confidence that straighter teeth
will give you
‘I know I can ask him
anything… I always feel very
comfortable coming and I enjoy
‘I wasn’t going to see anybody other
than Rob…I’d seen enough
orthodontists…the minute I walked in
I liked him.’
‘He listened to what it was
exactly I wanted. What was best
for me as well.’
‘It’s definitely helped my confidence.
I don’t mind smiling normally
instead of having to smile awkwardly
with my mouth closed.’
‘The maximum amount of time was
2 hours and then I could just come here
straight away, so within the day of breaking
my brace I could get it fixed.’
Meet our specialist
Dr Rob Slater
GDC No. 65931
BDS FDSRCS MOrthRCS MSc, Specialist in Orthodontics
- Pioneering founder and former chairman of the British Lingual Orthodontic Society
- Worked as an examiner, trainer, noted publisher and international lecturer
- Began his career as a dental technician, creating orthodontic appliances