Lower jaw surgery and singing!
Date: February 15, 2014
I am a 19 year old student who is very interested in singing, but is planning on having surgery to my lower jaw to correct the asymmetry in my jaw/face. My lower jaw will be moved over to the left to align my teeth better. It is over by a small tooth size.
I have been taking singing lessons (classical) for about three years and enjoy singing around the house, in choirs and in perfermances. I will be recieving lower jaw surgery in a few weeks and was wondering how it would affect me. I'm looking for the "what ifs" of the surgery, like for example, if I recieve nerve damage to my chin/lips. I have been told that I will get used to the feeling of numbness when talking, and that people who have recieved nerve damage permantely feel OK about it. I have asked my surgeron how it would affect my singing, but his response was that he wasn't a singer so he dosen't know how it would affect one. I know the surgery wouldn't affect my voice as it dosen't go near my vocal cords but for the lips and chin... if I recieve nerve damage and it's numb forever, how will it affect my singing? Would I be able to sing like I do now? Does it affect my diction?
I'm currently in college doing social science. I had no plan to do music or performance at this stage but I would rather have a choice later on to "try it" and of course, I would love to continue singing in choirs and sing in perfermances. Any knowledge of this area would be very greatful. Thank you!
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