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Brace Yourself!


Copyright 2024, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Train, J.
Journal Title: ITG Journal
Date Published: Sep-93
Language: English
Category: Orofacial Disorders
Key Words: French horn performance musician medical braces
Full Citation: Train, Jack. Brace Yourself! ITG Journal 18, no. 1 (September 1993): 29.
Full Abstract: A symphony horn player sought orthodontia to straighten his teeth for cosmetic purposes. A removable appliance was used to allow the hornist to continue practicing and performing with the appliance removed. Changes in the horn player's embouchure were experienced as anticipated. These changes jeopardized the musician's career in the orchestra and the player was moved to second part from first chair horn. A study of the early x-rays revealed that the horn player's embouchure was slightly off center due to a forward position of the right central incisor. A porcelain veneer was added to the surface of the right central incisor to return the surface of the bite to that of the pre-orthodontia treatment. Further orthodontia was terminated and the musician successfully returned to his previous chair in the orchestra.