Topic: Should I get braces?
I'm a thirty-six-year-old oboist (my only income is from playing and teaching) with pretty crooked teeth -- my wisdom teeth "crowded" things quite a bit before they were yanked in my early twenties. In short, I've dealt with this problem for years now, always with the nagging notion that my playing may be improved by straighter fangs (not to mention the social aspect). My insurance does not, however, cover adult orthodontics.
So I'm doing this random church gig yesterday (Mendelssohn's "Elijah" -- good tenor), when the contractor for the job makes this proposition: Your pay for this gig can either be the agreed-upon nominal fee, OR a free set of braces! As it turns out, the guy is the best orthodontist in Orange County, CA.
Now I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth (pun intended, of course), but where should I go with this? The good Doctor says to expect three months of embouchure troubles, but that I should transition out of it by the fall season. I just don't know. Help!
Thanks in advance for any advice.
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