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A good friend of mine (a non-SOTWer) is getting braces in a few weeks and would like to know if and/or how they will affect his sax playing.

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I got braces as an adult right after my senior recital. I played the next two years, while working on my music ed degree, with braces. As my teeth changed, I had to make some subtle adjustments with how my mouthpiece was aligned. As I started with a large overbite, my sound just got better.

Some people have some pain in their lower lip, but dental wax cured that for me.
 

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As noted, any changes will be subtle. I really didn't notice and effect on sax playing at all, except on days right after monthly tightening...
 

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Yeah, when you first get them and when they tighten them it's a pain...sometimes my top teeth would really be sensitive to the vibrations of the mouthpiece for a few days. They felt like they would cut into my lip but I'm use to it now...and my sound has gotten better too haha kinda weird. I still can't wait till I get them off soon...
 

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Unless your friend is a Brass player. Then they're in for a bit of discomfort. The pressure of the mouthpiece on the lips can really tear things up in there. But the good thing is you can get plastic bumpers that fit over the brackets to help with that.
 

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I use to use those bandmommy except I really got tired of carrying them around and putting them on and also cutting strips the right size every time, and found that just playing for a while without them and getting use to them better in the long run...but then again I've had braces for 4 years now :/
 

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^ Good!
I only suggested the guards as an option until the sensitivity wasn't so much of an issue.
I too had braces in High School but played clarinet. They didn't bother me that much unless I'd gone in for an adjustment.
 

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Has anyone used Invisalign?

My dentist recommended it for my lowers, but if it interferes with sax playing, forget it. I don't think a lower brace would.
 

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Hey DesertCreature, I have Invisalign. First I played with braces for 2 years. Then I was given Invisalign. Invisalign is nice because I can take them out when I play but..... I am glad I had braces and it was not bad to play with my braces. Invisalign is better but it takes longer for your teeth to get strait.
 

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I got braces in my 2nd year of playing the sax, and even though i was already bad because of being a beginner the braces made it worse for awhile until i adjusted my embrochure, and then i started sounding do much better because the braces got my teeth into the optimal sax posistion. just tell your friend not to play for about 3 days after he got his braces on/tightened and there will be no pain whatsoever!
 

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Yeah, I remember when I first got my braces adjusted first few months or so was when they hurt like crap...couldn't eat hard things or play sax easily for like 3-5 days...but as they lined up it get's less and less worse...
 

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I too have braces.
The day I got mine on happened to play our first playing test of marching season, I played Bari at the time. It wasn't the greatest experience ever.:)
 

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OUCH!!!

that had to have been painful, heck when i was just putting the mouthpiece into my mouth it hurt like hell.
 

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