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Can you play flute with false teeth?

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Subject: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: hesperis
Date: 19 Jan 05 - 01:14 AM

I really, REALLY need to know.

The upper tooth just fractured some more and the rest of it probably won't last until I can get to a dentist, because I can't afford to get to a dentist in the US and the free clinic here told me to go back to Canada. One of the two lower temporaries on the other side came out, so I've got a huge hole there too. At least the lower ones have HAD root canals.

I'm going back to Canada on monday, and hoping that they'll allow my husband into the country even just in order to drive me to a free clinic... somewhere. I don't know what I'll do if they don't allow him in but now we have no option but to try.

I was hoping it'd last long enough for me to actually make a way of earning money enough to take care of things but apparently it won't. I had a quote of $3000 three years ago and have had one root canal and one replacement temporary since then. So what with the new cavities that have developed it's probably still around about that price to actually take care of all the cavities... I didn't have that kind of money and now I'm paying for it in another way.

If you can play flute and possibly other wind or brass instruments with falsies, then I might at least be able to busk and earn money for food... The government would actually pay for the false teeth if you're poor enough or so I heard...


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: Peace
Date: 19 Jan 05 - 02:01 AM

Flute No real teeth pressure, very light support to the lips.

Hesperis, I don't play flute but I found this on the www with a google of flute. false teeth.

I had my tops removed years back--got tired of dental expenses to keep my real ones (after an accident many years back). Once you're used to the teeth (plate), you shouldn't have a problem. Takes a month to get used to dentures. However, keep your lowers no matter what, because they just balance on the bottom. The uppers are held in place with suction. (Too difficult to explain here.)

Tha short answer is, "Yes." Good luck at the border, gal.

Bruce M


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: hesperis
Date: 19 Jan 05 - 02:36 AM

Thank you!

I guess I could always get the real expensive screwed-into-the-bone false teeth once I've started making a living, eh?


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: Boab
Date: 19 Jan 05 - 03:12 AM

I do rim-shots on the bodhran wi' mine---
[I'm off to bed!]


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: Davetnova
Date: 19 Jan 05 - 03:16 AM

most good fixative pastes, Dentugrip and the like, will hold afull set, bottoms too, for three to four hours. I'm really glad I got all my done for free while dentists still worked for the NHS.


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 19 Jan 05 - 04:18 AM

I didn't know that you could get false teeth for flutes - I'll swap mine anyday!


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 19 Jan 05 - 07:50 AM

The answer is no, false teeth count as a percussion instrument.

eric


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 19 Jan 05 - 08:03 AM

"I had my tops removed years back" -- Hmmmm, topless flute players...


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: Schantieman
Date: 19 Jan 05 - 08:31 AM

I should've thought fingers were better


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: fat B****rd
Date: 19 Jan 05 - 12:19 PM

No, but hum a few bars and I'll wing it........


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: GUEST,smiler
Date: 19 Jan 05 - 02:36 PM

I can't play it with real teeth, so it would be interesting if I could with false ones.


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 19 Jan 05 - 06:31 PM

Maybe if I buy a pack of Tampons I'll be able to play the flute as well as waterski...


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: KateG
Date: 20 Jan 05 - 10:30 AM

Yes. I knocked out a front top tooth when I was 10, it was wired back in place. Took up the flute the next year, and have continued to play off and on through a variety of temporary and permanant replacements. Slight embouchure adjusts were required with each change, but nothing major.


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: Peace
Date: 20 Jan 05 - 10:35 AM

The nice thing about false teeth is that you can brush 'em and eat at the same time.


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: GUEST,John from Hull
Date: 20 Jan 05 - 10:59 AM

I can play my false teeth with my flute


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: jimmyt
Date: 20 Jan 05 - 12:27 PM

The flute should be the easiest instrument to handle with dentures. The embouchere for flute is either passive or actually holding the dentures in place while playing. Unlike many other instruments, most brass, clarints, etc that would be much more difficult to negotiate. So, the long and short of it, if you can avoid getting an upper denture you should try very hard not to have this as your only option, but if it happens, you should be fine with flute playing. I completely agree with Brucie though, do not get in a situation where you need a lower denture. The lower denture is at best a poor substitute for even a few natural teeth.


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: hesperis
Date: 20 Jan 05 - 01:05 PM

Unfortunately the lower teeth are much worse than the top ones, although it was a top one that broke. Damn. I can't actually afford to fix them yet.


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: GUEST,Bill the Collie
Date: 22 Jan 05 - 09:14 AM

Please ensure false teeth placed inside mouth before attempting this.
Otherwise you just look silly.


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: *Laura*
Date: 22 Jan 05 - 12:44 PM

I could still play when I had my traintrack braces a few years ago. And when my front tooth was knocked out and shoved back in!


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Aug 10 - 04:41 AM

I had my teeth completely removed and have had dentures for about 9 months. I played flute for nearly 30 years prior. Dentures are NO comparison to braces, a missing tooth, crowns, or implants!!! My daughter is going into grade 6 band in the fall and I thought I would start teaching her, but found when I picked up my flute that my fingers still worked like magic but that my mouth had an evil spell cast on it!! I can't even make a sound!! My problem is actually the top plate as it goes around the outside front of my gums causing less space there and more tightness of my lips therefore causing me to not be able to get an aumbouchure to blow with downward pressure into the mouthpiece. I am utterly devastated as playing flute has been my life!!! Will continue to try, but I am the first to say it will NEVER be even close to what it was. No more beautiful music for me!


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: skarpi
Date: 01 Aug 10 - 07:22 AM

Guest ....you can flute again , you just need to practice every day
many times a day you will play well again I know , just practice and have faith ..thats all you need don´t give up , yes you can flute


all the best Skarpi Iceland .


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 01 Aug 10 - 07:51 AM

Guest, hesperis who started this thread doesn't post regularly these days, but did put out another flute album sometime after the dental treatment.

If you want get a list of hesperis's posts, click on hesperis in the FROM line.

As Skarpi said, keep practicing, & best wishes from me, too

sandra


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: Bernard
Date: 01 Aug 10 - 08:02 AM

It takes a while to get back to the sound you originally had, and some days you'll find the 'old memory' kicks in... very annoying!

It really depends upon how long you'd been playing before getting the new teeth - in my case, forty years!

The best bit, though, is when you pick the flute up and it suddenly sounds right for the first time in ages!


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: open mike
Date: 01 Aug 10 - 04:29 PM

i have seen a flute player who had to use a brace to hold up the instrument because his finger had been injured (or lost?) in an auto
wreck. He had invented a holder so that the flute could be supported despite not being able to do so with his hand. Come to think of it,
I think it was his thumb that needed support, I think he was able
to finger all the notes...at any rate, he was able to adapt, and I hope
Hesperis was, too. (I hope she is o.k. these days, I know she went thru a "rough patch" awhile back.)


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 02 Aug 10 - 04:02 AM

Play with your teeth??...I think you'd have better luck using your fingers!..They're more dexterous, too!!

Imagine!
GfS


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: GUEST,guest 2
Date: 14 Jul 11 - 12:15 PM

I have been playing for 17 yrs. Just received dentures both upper and lower, when I practiced flute I was like Guest no sound and after much practice I have no problems with the lower registers however the upper registers are throwing me fits because of the upper dentures trying to get the embouchure is painful. I finally decided to put down my flute.


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: Mo the caller
Date: 14 Jul 11 - 06:17 PM

How about playing without the false teeth?


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: Bernard
Date: 14 Jul 11 - 07:36 PM

Sheesh, Mo! Thatsh a shilly idea!!


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: olddude
Date: 14 Jul 11 - 08:08 PM

heck why not, I play my guitar with false talent :-)


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 14 Jul 11 - 10:29 PM

Sure. A jews harp can present problems, though


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
Date: 14 Jul 11 - 10:48 PM

On a serious note - no pun intended.

Seamus Tansey had problems over this but was funded by Michael Flatley (Riverdance) for an expensive teeth job and certainly went on to perform magnificently on the flute.

I suppose it depends on how seriously you want to play and ano domini?


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: GUEST,999
Date: 15 Jul 11 - 05:39 PM

The real test is can you eat corn on the cob.


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 15 Jul 11 - 10:46 PM

No, the real test is can you throw a cast net without having to go overboard and retrieve your teeth.


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 15 Jul 11 - 10:46 PM

No, the real test is can you throw a cast net without having to go overboard and retrieve your teeth.


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: GUEST,Mike Gingold
Date: 30 Apr 12 - 05:34 PM

I play flute and sax. Upper dentures are no problem at all (use adhesive if you have to). Bottom dentures are another matter - if they move about you will have a serious problem maintaining a steady embouchure. I saved up and got implants (in Budapest) and now can play flute with no problems (and also eat whatever I fancy!)


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Apr 12 - 06:50 PM

I think you can play the flute with false teeth but there's no black notes. :-)


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: GUEST,Tootinflutin
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 10:40 AM

You people who are making light of this are idiots. Of course, it lets us see just how stupid and boorish you are.

For the people affected, it is serious.


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Subject: RE: Can you play flute with false teeth?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 12 Feb 14 - 11:08 AM

I have a partial denture - not many upper teeth left. Also have my lips cut across by multiple operation scars for a cleft lip and palate. I'm not the greatest on the flute but I can do it. I find alto flute easier than the normal size. Latest thing I've picked up is the dizi (D soprano size, or G in Chinese nomenclature) and I haven't found any insuperable problem with that, though the high notes aren't really there yet.

So - I'm affected and it's not serious.


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