Choosing A Musical Instrument

Boy Playing Trumpet

Especially 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:

  • The 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

About Dr. William J. Black

William Black earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1988. He then went on to the UCLA School of Dentistry where he graduated in 1992. Following dental school, Dr. Black served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years as a dentist. He then settled in the Sacramento area where he opened his practice in 1996. Dr. Black is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), Sacramento District Dental Society (SDDS), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), and the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He is currently pursuing Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry and accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Black has 8 children, works actively with the Boy Scouts of America, and enjoys gardening.

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