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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000293.txt from 2002/06

From: Jeremy A Schiffer <schiffer@-----.edu>
Subj: RE: [kl] Re: Caruso Long Tones
Date: Sun, 9 Jun 2002 00:42:25 -0400

On Sat, 8 Jun 2002, Gene Nibbelin wrote:

> David -
>
> As you may have read in a previous post of mine, I switched to double lip
> about 2 years ago. A sensitive upper lip led me to my dentist, who
> suggested lip protectors for both upper and lower teeth made from the soft
> plastic that is used for their teeth whitening procedure. He took plaster
> impressions of upper and lower jaws and so that the protectors are custom
> fit, and if they ever need replacing, I have the plaster casts. The cost of
> $100.00 was well worth it.

My high school band director, a professional clarinet player for nearly
twenty years, had a similar piece made for his lower teeth by his dentist.
I improvised a solution, based on that principle. If you go to a sporting
goods store, you can buy mouthguards that you drop in boiling water for
a few seconds and then put in your mouth to get a custom fit (usually
found near the football or soccer sections). I cut one of those into
small pieces (probably 4cm by 2cm by .5cm), and then put them in boiling
water and shaped them. Same idea, almost the same result, but for about
$3. I lost most of them, but from an initial batch of about six some 10
years ago, I am still using one of them today.

-jeremy

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