Wind Instrument

Did you know your musical journey can strike the perfect chord with the right orthodontic treatment? Discover how our specialist orthodontics, tailored for wind and brass instrument players, can hit the high notes of your performance without missing a beat on your smile. Your path to harmonious smiles and sounds starts here!

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Wind Instrument Players: An Orthodontic Perspective

Specialist orthodontists are experienced in treating musicians, particularly those who play wind and brass instruments.

Playing a wind or brass instrument requires a unique skill set, including the use of a combination of lip and facial muscles, tongue and teeth, through a position known as embouchure. This intricate position is pivotal for wind instrument players.

Different instruments demand a different balance of these elements for optimum performance. Unfortunately, orthodontic treatments can sometimes pose challenges in maintaining the correct embouchure for wind instrument players.

We have a wealth of experience in treating wind and brass instrument musicians, ranging from children to professional adult musicians. For younger players in training, we typically align treatment with their instrument grading, ensuring the young patient completes their current grade before beginning treatment.

We have also had the honour of treating professional symphony orchestra players who rely on their abilities to sustain their careers. In such cases, we take a careful approach to treatment, assessing the viability of each aspect before proceeding.

Our objective is to design treatment plans that won’t cause irreversible changes before we’ve had a chance to evaluate their impact on the musician’s performance.

If you or your child is a wind or brass instrument player considering orthodontic treatment, choosing a specialist orthodontist with experience in treating musicians is crucial.

They will be able to minimise the potential disruption of your embouchure. A general dental practitioner may not have the breadth of experience or range of treatment options needed to cater to your specific needs.

Choosing a specialist orthodontist experienced in treating musicians and understanding the importance of embouchure is your safest option.

For those considering orthodontics in Birmingham, here are some key advantages

  • For children, we time treatment around grade exams to minimally impact your musical development
  • For professional musicians, we strive to prevent changes that could jeopardise your career
  • We delicately fix potential obstacles to playing, such as air escape
  • Experience the confidence boost that comes with straighter teeth

What to expect on your journey with us

Expect an in-depth conversation about your musical journey, your instrument, and your schedule before discussing your options. Together, we can devise a timeframe that accommodates your needs and achieves your objectives for your teeth and music performance.

Dr Robert Slater

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Why choose One Devonshire Place for orthodontics in Birmingham? Here's what sets us apart

  • Our specialists have completed over 10,000 cases, ensuring extensive experience.
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  • Trusted by 200 referral dental practices across the Midlands, ensuring our reputation for excellence.

Embrace Harmony: Orthodontics for Wind and Brass Instrument Players

Our team is highly skilled and dedicated to enhancing the orthodontic experience for all wind and brass instrument musicians. Whether you’re a budding musician or a professional performer, we understand the unique challenges you face when considering orthodontic treatment. 

Our deep understanding of embouchure mechanics and years of experience working with musicians like you are what sets us apart.

Why Choose Us?

Tailored Approach: We develop personalised orthodontic treatment plans for each musician, considering your specific needs as a wind or brass instrument player. Our plans are designed to complement your playing schedule, instrument grading and career development.

Minimised Disruptions: Our specialist orthodontists take the utmost care to ensure treatments cause minimal disruptions to your performance abilities. We’re sensitive to potential issues, such as air escape, and proactively address them to ensure smooth, uninterrupted play.

In-Depth Consultations: You’re not just another patient to us. We’ll take the time to understand you, your instrument, and your orthodontic needs. We ensure you are part of the conversation throughout your treatment journey.

Experience and Expertise: With years of experience treating wind and brass instrument players, we have the expertise necessary to provide effective, musician-friendly orthodontic solutions. Trust in our ability to combine the science of orthodontics with the art of music.

Choosing the right orthodontist can be the difference between a harmonious experience and a discordant one. Let us help you hit the right note for your orthodontic journey and your musical career. Embark on a harmonious path to a brighter smile and a confident performance with us.

Embrace the harmony of orthodontics specifically tailored for wind and brass instrument players.

patient and orthodontist
Carol O'Callaghan

Meet our specialists

Dr Robert Slater

Dr Robert Slater - GDC No.65931

Specialist Orthodontist
  • BDS FDSRCS MOrthRCS MSc, Specialist in Orthodontics
  • Pioneering founder and former chairman of the British Lingual Orthodontic Society
  • Vast experience as an examiner, trainer, publisher, and international lecturer
  • Started his career as a dental technician, gaining expertise in creating orthodontic appliances
  • Clinical Interests include lingual orthodontics, novel approaches to treating the individual and teaching orthodontics to postgraduates.
Dr Devesh Shelat

Dr Devesh Shelat - GDC No.209758

Specialist Orthodontist
  • BDS, MFDS RCS, MOrth RCS, MSc, RACDS, Specialist in Orthodontics
  • Holds a Master of Science in Orthodontics with Distinction from Newcastle University
  • Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
  • Worked at Birmingham Dental Hospital and Birmingham Children's Hospital
  • Clinical interests include aesthetic adult orthodontics with the use of clear aligners, ceramic braces, and lingual appliances.

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