Sports Dentistry | Mouth Guards

Sports Dentistry Westland, MI

Keep Your Teeth in the Game

Playing sports should be an empowering, confidence-boosting experience. But every athlete knows one wrong blow to the mouth can lead to dental trauma, injuries, and shattered smiles. If you or your child participates in contact sports, you don’t have to live in fear of the damage an unprotected mouth can suffer. 

At Parkside Dental in Westland, MI, we’re driven by patient health and safety. We refuse to let finances, insurance status, or location stop our community members from accessing the quality sports dentistry they deserve. That’s why we offer customized athletic mouthguards at reasonable rates, financing options, and schedule openings that fit your busy lifestyle. 

Contact us today to schedule a free mouthguard consultation!

What is Sports Dentistry?

Sports dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating dental injuries and conditions related to sports and exercise. At Parkside Dental in Westland, MI, Dr. Cohen and his team specialize in sports dentistry to keep local athletes smiling and performing at their best.


Participating in sports and exercise comes with some risk of oral injuries. Contact sports like football, hockey, and boxing put athletes at high risk of trauma to the teeth, gums, lips, tongue, and jaws. Sports dentists like Dr. Cohen can help prevent damage by designing custom mouthguards and advising athletes on other protective gear. They also treat any sports-related dental injuries that may occur.


One of the most critical services sports dentists provide is creating custom mouthguards. Wearing a properly fitted mouthguard reduces the risk of common sports dental injuries like cracked and knocked-out teeth, lacerations, and jaw fractures. Mouthguards from Parkside Dental are molded specifically for each athlete’s mouth with dental impressions. This results in a comfortable, non-restrictive device that offers superior shock absorption and protection.


Dr. Cohen and his Westland, MI, team offer sport-specific mouthguards for contact sports like football, martial arts, boxing, hockey, and lacrosse. The mouthguards feature thick, durable layers of plastic resin material that cushion hard blows. This dissipates impact forces and shields vulnerable teeth, gums, bone, and soft tissue. Mouthguards from Parkside Dental also allow unrestricted breathing and speech during competition.

Mouthguards for Braces

Parkside Dental also creates customized mouthguards that accommodate orthodontic braces or aligners. Protecting braces during sports is extremely important, as even minor impacts can detach brackets or bend wires. This disrupts dental alignment and orthodontic treatment progress.


To prevent orthodontic damage and injury, Dr. Cohen offers mouthguards that fit securely over braces. These have a special lingual flange that covers the vulnerable labial surfaces of the teeth and braces. This offers complete protection while allowing athletes to communicate clearly.


Wearing a specialized mouthguard over Invisalign aligners is also recommended to prevent cracking or loss. The mouthguards integrate smoothly with aligners without compromising their fit or function.

Frequently Asked Questions

Participating in sports without a mouthguard leads to thousands of avoidable orofacial injuries each year. These include fractured, displaced, and avulsed (knocked out) teeth, lacerations, and even jaw fractures. Wearing a proper mouthguard significantly reduces the risk of these traumatic injuries.

With heavy use, mouthguards can deteriorate over time. Experts recommend replacing them every one to two seasons or earlier if you notice damage, tearing, or compromised fit and protection. See your dentist for a new custom mouthguard.

Yes, we offer specialized custom mouthguards tailored to accommodate braces or Invisalign aligners. These protect your orthodontic appliances and teeth from sports impacts.

Accessible Sports Dentistry for All Athletes

 At Parkside Dental, we believe everyone deserves access to quality dental care and protection, no matter their age, background, or location. That’s why Dr. Cohen and his team provide compassionate sports dentistry services to athletes throughout Westland, Livonia, Garden City, and the surrounding communities. 


We know oral health is much more than just a smile – it affects your confidence, performance, and overall well-being. Don’t let finances or lack of insurance stop you from getting the custom athletic mouthguard you need. Call (734) 261-6060 today to schedule an appointment for your free consultation. Our friendly staff is always happy to explain payment options and work within your budget. Because at Parkside Dental, your safety, health, and happiness come first.