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Is it okay to do martial arts if you have teeth braces?

14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

But wear a mouthguard!

In brief: Yes

But wear a mouthguard!
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dr. Hilary Baskin
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Of course

Martial arts are good to know and healthy as a sporting activity.
As with any contact sport, braces can occasionally cause trauma to the teeth but more likely to the lips. The braces and wires may actually save teeth from being "knocked out" as the wires are supportive and elastic and can keep them in place. An orthodontic sports guard can be custom made or bought over the counter. Be safe!

In brief: Of course

Martial arts are good to know and healthy as a sporting activity.
As with any contact sport, braces can occasionally cause trauma to the teeth but more likely to the lips. The braces and wires may actually save teeth from being "knocked out" as the wires are supportive and elastic and can keep them in place. An orthodontic sports guard can be custom made or bought over the counter. Be safe!
Dr. David Schleimer
Dr. David Schleimer
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Dr. BEHRAM DALAL
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Consider

Having a custom oral sports appliance made professionally by your dentist.
It will offer you the most protection but is not 100% protection - so be careful.

In brief: Consider

Having a custom oral sports appliance made professionally by your dentist.
It will offer you the most protection but is not 100% protection - so be careful.
Dr. BEHRAM DALAL
Dr. BEHRAM DALAL
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Dr. Randall Shaw
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Absolutely

If you are doing any type of sparring it is a really good idea to wear a mouthguard.

In brief: Absolutely

If you are doing any type of sparring it is a really good idea to wear a mouthguard.
Dr. Randall Shaw
Dr. Randall Shaw
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Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes!

As the other docs have already mentioned, wear a mouthguard, even when you don't think you will get hit in the mouth! it's murphy's law that the one time you don't wear your mouthguard is the time you'll accidentally get hit in the mouth (sometimes by someone you are not even facing!) a good brand i recommend is by shock doctor.

In brief: Yes!

As the other docs have already mentioned, wear a mouthguard, even when you don't think you will get hit in the mouth! it's murphy's law that the one time you don't wear your mouthguard is the time you'll accidentally get hit in the mouth (sometimes by someone you are not even facing!) a good brand i recommend is by shock doctor.
Dr. James Okamoto
Dr. James Okamoto
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Mouth guard

To safely participate in any contact sport it is mandatory that you wear an orthodontic mouth guard that will protect teeth, lips, cheeks, tongue and braces while still permitting tooth movement.
The warm-up bite-into mouth guard prevents orthodontic tooth movement. Ask your orthodontist. He may have one in stock for you. It's no fun having lips surgically removed from braces.

In brief: Mouth guard

To safely participate in any contact sport it is mandatory that you wear an orthodontic mouth guard that will protect teeth, lips, cheeks, tongue and braces while still permitting tooth movement.
The warm-up bite-into mouth guard prevents orthodontic tooth movement. Ask your orthodontist. He may have one in stock for you. It's no fun having lips surgically removed from braces.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Mouthguard

Professional football players have won super bowls with braces on - - but they have mouth guards.
Ask your orthodontic specialist for their recommendation for a mouthguard in your situation and perhaps additional face protection for sparring may be suggested.

In brief: Mouthguard

Professional football players have won super bowls with braces on - - but they have mouth guards.
Ask your orthodontic specialist for their recommendation for a mouthguard in your situation and perhaps additional face protection for sparring may be suggested.
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
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In brief: Mouthguard

A custom mouthguard will help.
Quick reflexes will also prevent you from getting hit.. In any event use common sense and be careful.

In brief: Mouthguard

A custom mouthguard will help.
Quick reflexes will also prevent you from getting hit.. In any event use common sense and be careful.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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