Diseases of the Oral Region
Excessive exposure of players to wind instruments over many years can loosen teeth, cause misalignment of the jaw, or cause permanent inflammation of the oral mucous membrane and lips. In music medicine, the experts are familiar with these disorders and can work with you to find solutions.
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Diseases of the Oral Region from a Structural Biological and Orthodontic point of view
The face and mouth region is undergoing a lifelong, but slow, change in its structure and shape. Thus, among other things, the usual physiological forces exerted by the lips, cheeks and tongue on the tooth position. Even with people who do not play a musical instrument, spontaneous, but very slowly over the years running off tooth position changes and bone degradation are observed. In professional music, however, depending on the instrument typical force vectors are effective more often than average. This can lead to serious tooth misalignments, bone loss and muscle malfunctions, which even often allow conclusions about the instrument played. This can be compensated for a while, but one day it can make a professional level of play impossible.
Anyone who has ever received orthodontic treatment knows that with suitable force systems, deformations of the dentition system are possible. A musical instrument, which often seems much more intense, then inevitably leaves its morphological traces.
Not only the direct impact on the teeth can be problematic, even peripheral effects, such as the asymmetric forced posture violin and viola playing may have unfavorable effects on the muscles, the bone structure and the tooth position.
It is necessary to maintain healthy health of the oral region regular check and prophylaxis visits to the dentist. The musculature, the oral mucosa, the gums, the periodontium and the jawbone must also be examined regularly for their health and stress. Therapeutically, with orthodontic measures that are tailored to the particular musical instrument, a shape and a balance can be restored. This happens not only by the multibracket systems, which are possibly incompatible for musicians, but also with aligner rails. Accompanying treatments include physiotherapy, osteopathy and general dentistry, which are necessary for long-term tooth preservation and oral health anyway. The stability of the tooth position, which is essential for the reproducible high level of sound design, must be ensured by suitable retention measures, as are customary in orthodontics.