Playing Flute with Braces

I asked several FluteKeys students about their experiences and advice for fellow students with braces. Here are my questions, and how your colleagues responded. As you can see, braces pose a challenge, but playing flute is worth it.

The Questions

1. What did you notice the most about playing the flute after getting braces?

2. What kept you going on the flute after getting braces?

3. How long does it take you to get back to "normal" in your playing after getting the inevitable periodic adjustments at the orthodontist?

4. What advice do you have for other flutists who are about to get braces?

5. Any advice for flutists who are about to have braces removed?


Cora Friedhof

7th grade, Holy Cross School, Champaign, IL
1. Notice most. After I got braces I noticed that I had to move my lips a lot differently than before, but it was not that difficult to overcome.
2. Keeping going. My advice to anyone getting braces is to stick with playing the flute it is worth it.
3. Back to normal. Your mouth is sore for a few days every 4-6 weeks but the rest of the time it becomes normal to play with the braces.


Jenny Crull

7th grade, Holy Cross School, Champaign, IL
1. Notice most. It felt a lot different. It was hard to play and get used to them.
2. Keeping going. I kept going because I really liked the flute, and knew someday it would get easier.
3. Back to normal. It takes me a couple days of practicing to get used to my new adjustments.
4. Advice before braces. Just because you got braces you shouldn't give up. It takes a while to get used to them at first, but I am happy I didn't give up.
5. Advice - removal. Be glad you are getting them off!!! It was good to keep playing the flute.

Sarah Ehlman

9th grade, Sr. Thomas More
1. Notice most. It takes a bit of time to get used to it. You just have to make your lips go over the braces which can get difficult at some times.
2. Keeping going. I knew that it would not last forever, and eventually I would get my braces off. You just have to stick with it.
3. Back to normal. After the first time you go, it takes about 3 or 4 days, but after a couple times you get used to it and you are back to normal in about a day.
4. Advice before braces. Don't give up, there will be tough times throughout the whole experience, but if you stick with it, everything will work out fine.


Allie Ayers

8th grade Jefferson Middle School
1. Notice most. It would probibly be the soreness of the inside of my lower lip from leaning it on the flute. Also moving your mouth so much, the braces rubs on the inside of your mouth and you can sometimes develop sores. But only for about the first two weeks.
2. Keeping going. After about two weeks your mouth gets used to the feeling and it doesn't hurt much. I knew that if I kept playing the pain would eventually go away.
3. Back to normal. About 3-4 days. But it depends on what you ad done. The worst is probably about 5 days.
4. Advice before braces. Wear lots of wax the first few weeks! And never stop will only get better.
5. Advice - removal. Oh, its the best feeling when you can finally rest your lips on just you straight teeth again. The best thing is you adjust right away and you are back to your old self in no time!

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