If you are a singer and you are considering braces, you might be worried that they could affect your singing ability. Keep reading to find out what you need to know about how orthodontics can impact singing.
You May Experience Minor Changes
Although traditional braces do not affect your voice, there are some adjustments you’ll need to make when you first get your braces put on. Your mouth, tongue and cheeks will have to get used to the braces that are now taking up space in your mouth. According to the British Lingual Orthodontic Society, you might find yourself talking with a slight lisp for a few days, but you’ll get used to the braces.
There are some exercises you can do to improve your speech. Speak slower. Once you are able to speak properly at a slower speed, try to speak a little faster, and increase your speed until you are at your normal talking speed. According to Living Natural Today, singing can actually help with your adjustment to braces because it will make your mouth and cheek muscles stronger. Invisalign is a popular brand of orthodontics because it is clear and removable. Invisalign can affect your voice’s fullness, but the good thing is that you can take them out when you need to perform, although they should be in your mouth 22 hours a day.
Orthodontics Can Make Your Voice Better
The gaps in your teeth can affect your singing and may cause whistling and other unpleasant sounds. The braces close these gaps. Straighter teeth help produce fuller tone and timbre. The braces can create a wider arch as well as a broader palate when it was previously too narrow. According to ProHealth Dental, the long-term benefits of orthodontics include enhancing oral function to improve speech and singing.
Crooked teeth may be a reason for speech impediments that affect singing. Jazz singer Sara Mitra had to get braces after the birth of her child. The hormonal changes during pregnancy had caused her teeth to shift, and her singing had changed because one of her canines was digging into her cheek. So, adults can also benefit from getting braces, too.
Although braces require some adaptation, they will not affect your singing voice. Your vocal ability may even get better once your teeth have been adjusted. Singing is usually affected by vocal cords, so if you have healthy vocal cords, you should be fine. You do not have to sacrifice your singing career for braces. You may have to slightly adjust the functions of your mouth, but that will happen automatically with time. In any case, if you have questions, do not hesitate to ask your orthodontist.
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