Train, Jack. Why Fix It If It Isn't Broken (Trumpeter's Career Ruined by Inappropriate Treatment of Dental Condition). International Musician 100, no. 5 (May 2002): 8.
The misuse of dentistry on brass players can end the musician's career if performed by a dentist without training or knowledge of the musician's embouchure. The use of a bridge in one trumpet player was intended to improve the embouchure that was suffering from a crooked tooth. Instead, the cantilever bridge weakened the supporting teeth, caused periodontal disease and the removal of 50% of the player's top teeth. The musician is now unable to play. The removal of the healthy tooth for cosmetic and embouchure reasons was a mistake. A simple brace with elastic should have corrected this problem without impacting the embouchure.