When your face is at rest do your teeth touch or not? Trying to find a universal answer.
That’s a weird question, perhaps, but I’ve often wondered it myself and never been game to ask.
I think teeth touching would be horrible but my dentist admits to being an habitual grinder. Does this have anything to do with playing violin?
I think teeth touching means your jaw is under tension; when my jaw is relaxed, it is open and teeth are not touching. I always have to make a conscious effort NOT to clench or close my jaw while playing violin, as my jaw is the first place tension builds.
I only saw a title. I didn't see any question or context, particularly with regard to violin playing. I'm not sure what to write.
Yes. Going slack-jawed is bad for your nose.
It depends on where your head is. If you lean back then, no never. If you lean forwards they yes, always. In between mostly they do not but if you lie down with the same head angle mostly yes. If you lean to one side, they can contact one side of the jaw and not the other.
Mine often do when my face is at "default"-- but this is a known tension area for me so not the ideal facial "rest position". They are not touching when I release my jaw, but sometimes I have to be conscious about that.
My teacher would say you have a lot of jaw tension which will undoubtedly affect your sound.
I used to have really bad TMJ issues - My jaw would click or get stuck in a painful position. Later I would grind my teeth really badly in my sleep. Alexander Technique was really helpful for me.
I used to hold a lot of tension in my jaw and held it in such a way that my teeth always met. However, my dentist recommended a mouth guard while I was sleeping or practicing and my jaw is much more relaxed with no teeth touching all of the time, even while practicing. Now my sound is much better. It's crazy how such a small thing makes a big difference.
At rest, no they don't touch. They use to touch when playing the violin, then I started getting concerned and I try to have a small space when playing. Unfortunately that means my jaw muscles have to work more to keep the teeth from touching with the weight of my head on the chin rest...
Lips together teeth apart works well for running as well as violin. Both pastimes require learning how to relax while doing something difficult.
James wrote: "At rest, no they don't touch. They use to touch when playing the violin, then I started getting concerned and I try to have a small space when playing. Unfortunately that means my jaw muscles have to work more to keep the teeth from touching with the weight of my head on the chin rest..."
Yes I do believe I'm gripping the violin with my jaw. It is probably a response to my not wanted to grip the violin by raising my left shoulder too much. It rests on my collarbone like it should, but I don't see a solution for having a relaxed jaw which makes contact with the chinrest, that also includes not having the top and bottom teeth touch... As I bring the violin to my neck, my jaw is relaxed and teeth apart, but as soon as my jaw lies on the chinrest, the very minimal amount of pressure which my head exerts onto the chinrest is enough to makes my teeth touch. So I grip the violin with my jaw, but actually very lightly and only as much as necessary! Nevertheless, the contact is more than enough to put my teeth together without some activity from the jaw to keep it apart.
It is OK if they touch, as long as you do not have a tense bite. But if you can have the mouth closed without the teeth touching, all the better.