Topic: Jaw Surgery?
Greetings and salutations! I am a young bassoonist with about three years of experience. Intending to pursue the bassoon for a career, I begged, pleaded and finally persuaded my parents to invest in an instrument of my very own. (I love my Moosmann M24, his name is Gustav Ziegfried.) Although I would like to think that I am reasonably skilled, many times I have been told that my embouchure is not the best.
This may partly be due to the fact that my jaw is very crooked, and I have an overbite. With that in mind, I went to the orthodontist and found out that the problem is more serious than originally thought. The only corrective action turns out to be jaw surgery (not just braces, sigh) that would cause a recuperative period of about six weeks where I couldn't practice- the thought hurts my soul...However, my problem is not quite severe enough to be debilitating, therefore I do have a choice to make.
Would it be worth it to undergo surgery in a year or so to straighten my jaw, which would improve my health in general, as well as probably improving my embouchure? It is still possible that the procedure will not affect my playing at all, or even make it worse. Or, would it be better to live with a crooked jaw and work on refining my embouchure as it is? (Not to say, of course, that I won't still spend my life chasing the perfect embouchure as do many bassoonists, no matter what I do.)
Thank you in advance for your thoughts,
PS- I went to my first IDRS conference a few weeks ago...Glad to at last be part of the community!