flute<3 • Jun 21, 2019 does anybody have any tips for adjusting to playing flute with braces?? Comments [user=31730491]cjsnyder1[/user] When I got braces, my mouth hurt when I tried to play but after a few weeks, your mouth gets used to the pressure. All you can do is take some painkillers and try your best. It does help to play in chunks of practice instead of playing for a long period of time. I hope your mouth won't hurt as much as my mouth did when I got braces, but trust me, it will eventually become comfortable to play with braces, it just takes time. [user=31830998]24mcmumi1[/user] We flutists don't have a lot of pressure against our lips like brass players do, so it's much easier for us to continue playing the flute. Of course, you'll notice a difference with than without your braces, but don't let it throw you. I suggest more long tone exercises and lip flexibility exercises to compensate for the braces. Good luck with your flute playing! Don't get discouraged, just keep practicing! [user=19913941]mbflute[/user] Yes I wear braces and most of the notes are ok apart from B and C above the stage. You need to adjust your embouchure slightly and maybe hold your flute slightly higher than you usually would? That is what helped me. If you only recently got braces, I’d say it will take a little while to adjust to it when playing but practise and it will pay off (I found my sound and vibrato is better with braces than without). It will be harder to play lower dynamics like piano and pianissimo. Let me know if this is helpful! :) [user=31971488]flute<3[/user] [user=19913941]mbflute[/user] thank you so much, this is really helpful [user=19913941]mbflute[/user] @flute<3 no problem. Also I just read through my comment and I meant B and C above the stave 😂 [user=32021330]waterlily91601[/user] For the bottom lip, make sure the inside of your lower lip is pressed against your braces. This will cause dents in the inside of your lip, but it is the only way to blow successfully. Then, just blow as you would without braces. [user=27194710]paveytom15[/user] Yeah, try putting some masking tape just underneath the lip of the head joint, it'll make the flute sightly further away, which is what you need to adjust to make it sound better. I helped me loads [user=28059918]polonxy[/user] I have braces, I never had a problem playing my flute. just maybe try to control your embouchure in a way that avoids discomfort or strain [user=32507574]ereck4[/user] look on youtube!!!!!!!!! [user=12997336]mzolling[/user] When I had braces, I used the wax they provided on my bottom set to keep my braces from catching on my lip. You use just enough to cover the braces so you aren't disrupting your embouchure too much. You will have to readjust once you get your braces off. In my case, it made my playing so much better because my jaw was actually lined up correctly. [user=7418106]ToxicoRad[/user] When I got braces, I didn't have too much trouble adjusting, but I did have to tighten my embouchure a bit more I think. I always had a habit of pressing the flute really hard against my bottom lip too, which was a bit painful once I got braces. If this happens to you, I would recommend just using the brace wax. It was harder for me getting the braces off than on!