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Do Braces Affect Your Ability to Sing?

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If you are a singer and considering about braces, you may be concerned that they will affect your singing ability. Read below to find out how orthodontics affects your singing ability.

You May Experience Minor Changes

Although traditional braces do not affect your voice, there are still some adjustments you need to make when you first put on the braces. 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 Orthodontic Society, you may find that you have articulation for a few days, but you will get used to the braces.

You have to do some exercises to improve your speaking skills. Once you are able to speak normally at a slow speed, then, you can try to speed it up a bit and after that increase the speed until you reach your normal speaking speed. According to Living Natural Today, singing can actually help you to adjust your braces because it makes your mouth and cheek muscles stronger. Invisalign is a popular orthodontic brand because it is clear and removable. Invisalign may affect the fullness of your voice, but the benefit is that you can take them out when you need to play, although they should be in your mouth 22 hours a day.

Orthodontics Can Make Your Voice Better

Gap between teeth’s can affect your singing and may cause howling and other unpleasant sounds. Braces work as a bridge for these gaps. Straighter teeth help produce a fuller sound and tone. When previously too narrow, the braces can form a wider arch and a wider palate. According to ProHealth Dental, the long-term assistance of orthodontics take in attractive oral function to improve speech and singing.

Skewed teeth can be the cause of speech impairments that affect singing. Jazz singer Sara Mitra had to get braces after the birth of her child. Hormonal changes during pregnancy caused her teeth to shift and her singing voice changed as one of her canines dug into her cheek. Therefore, adults can also get the benefit from braces.

Although braces require some adaptation, and for sure, they will not affect your singing voice. After adjusting your teeth, your voice will even get better. Singing is usually affected by the vocal cords, so if the vocal cords are healthy, then you should be fine. You don’t have to sacrifice your singing career for braces. You may need to adjust the function of your mouth slightly, but it will happen automatically by lap of time. In any case, if you have any questions, feel free to ask your orthodontist.

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