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October 2021

An embouchure aid for clarinet and saxophone players

Author(s): Conforth, S. G.

Journal/Book: J Am Dent Assoc. 1975; 90: 1277-81.

Abstract: An embouchure aid was constructed as a means of bringing relief to the many clarinet and saxophone players who suffer chronic lip irritation as the result of playing their instruments. The device, a removable vinyl plastic matrix to be worn while playing, was designed to fit over the mandibular anterior teeth, thus relieving the pressure of the incisal edges of the teeth against the mucous membrane inside the lower lip. Tested in daily use by clarinet and saxophone players for a one-year period, the matrix proved immediately effective in eliminating lip irritation. Its unique design and construction gives it the additional advantages of being highly durable, as well as technically simple to fabricate and easy to fit.

Keyword(s): Lip Diseases|PC. Mouth Protectors|/ST. Music|. Occupational Diseases|PC. Splints|/ST

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