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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000134.txt from 2000/04

From: "Buckman, Nancy" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] help: teeth
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2000 09:10:00 -0400


This must be the teeth thing that I missed. Somehow my posts got out of
order in my mailbox, if it is.

The kindest thing to do for this child is suggest that he have his teeth
straightened. It is the best thing for the problem and also for the future
health of his mouth and teeth. However, his parents may not want to do that
for many reasons, #1 being the expense. I know this is not a common option
in European countries. In the U. S though it is very common to see children
and adults in full orthodontic appliances. This can be accomplished easily
as a growing child and he can even continue with lessons while he is
undergoing treatment.

Playing a brass instrument will also help some, but only if he has no
contrary habits such as thumb-sucking, which is not as uncommon in older
children as one might think. Playing a brass instrument during orthodontic
treatment can also be accomplished with a little determination.

Believe me when I say it is all possible, as I have "done it all". While I
was temporarily out of commission on one instrument, I would pick-up another
just to keep my irons in the fire, so to speak. I still wear removable
appliances now to help guide my jaws into the proper position for opening
and closing and I wear these while I play. They are a permanent fixture in
my life and I am glad to have them, otherwise there would not be any
clarinetting in my life.

Nancy (who can play everything well, except guitar and string bass)

Nancy E. Buckman, Technical Assistant
School of Health Professions, Wellness and Physical Education
Anne Arundel Community College
Arnold, Maryland 21012 USA

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rien Stein []
> Sent: Monday, April 03, 2000 7:19 PM
> To: klarinet digest
> Subject: [kl] help: teeth
> Today a ten years old guy came to me: he wants to learn the clarinet, and
> his mother, who was with him, said she and her husband were willing to pay
> a
> new instrument for him. When I looked at the boy's teeth I got a shock::
> he
> has horse's teeth (is that correct? I think it is but am not very sure.
> the
> teeth in the top jaw are standing very frontward), and also there is a
> large
> slit between the two middle teeth of that very top jaw.
> Should I advice the boy to play a brass instrument, or advice him and his
> parents, to buy any clarinet, but have the mp adapted to him, or what? Can
> anyone on this list give me some kind of advice? TIA
> Rien
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