Dec 16

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The importance of level teeth and saxophone tone

Level and even teeth affect the alignment of your head and neck, pressure on your reed, and the chamber size in your mouth.

Upper teeth that are not level can cause your head to tilt on your mouthpiece, which can create problems in your neck, back, and jaw. Tilting your head also puts more pressure on one side of the reed, restricting it from vibrating.  Likewise, your reed will be restricted if your lower teeth are not level and even.

We intuitively make adjustments with our throat, jaw, and embouchure to compensate for the sound produced from a restricted reed, which in turn affects our pitch, tone, and attack.

Talk to your dentist if you have concerns.  Explain how your teeth affect your playing. If you feel you need to make changes, do so by small degrees.  Take the precaution in having 3D images taken and a stone cast made of your teeth.  You may need these if you damage your teeth or have work done on your teeth.  Finally, be careful not have anything done that would unnecessarily change your bite or jaw movement.

You spend years developing your playing.  Give some attention to your teeth.


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