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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000358.txt from 1999/01

From: George Kidder <gkidder@-----.edu>
Subj: Re: [kl] Lip scrapes
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 1999 09:03:15 -0500

Even less expensive and even easier is to use scientific "Parafilm", which
is also sold as "Lipease". I have teeth like Karl's, and this works well
for me. You fold it up to make a cushion 3 layers thick, which molds to
your teeth. See previous discussions on this list.

George Kidder

Karl Krelove wrote:
>My bottom front teeth are uneven to the point that the sharp corner of the
>right one irritates my lip over the course of a full rehearsal. Tony Pay's
>suggestion using the material from an athletic mouthguard sounds very
>useful. Another solution, equally inexpensive and non-permanent but less
>involved is to use small pieces cut from an EZO denture cushion (I use the
>ones marked Lower Regular). You just cut off a piece a half inch or so long
>(you might need longer if you need to cover the incisors) and warm it for a
>few seconds with your fingers (it's mostly beeswax and thread), then mold it
>over your teeth. It will quickly soften even more and mold more closely once
>it's in your mouth. It will react this way each time you use it, so you
>always have a very snug fit to your teeth. I don't notice any interference
>with playing or with my sound quality, but you'd need to judge that for
>yourself. I've never tried Tony's method of thinning the plastic mouthguard
>(I did try one right out of the shrink-wrap, but it was much too thick that
>way).
>
>Karl Krelove

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