A custom-fitted mouthguard works by absorbing and spreading the impact of the damaging blow. The custom mouthguard is made from a mould of the patient’s mouth and must conform to an Australian Standard. They are very close fitting, stay in well and can be quite comfortable to wear. You can even talk, yell or call a play. A custom mouthguard can also have allowance for braces or growing teeth. If properly used, stored, and checked by your dentist every year, a custom-fitted mouthguard may last several seasons, unless of course you’re a growing junior player.
In contrast, self-fitted, over-the-counter mouthguards may not protect you enough if you get a direct blow to the mouth, and in some cases can make things worse. They are loosely fitted so tend to fall out easily, make it difficult to talk and ultimately often end up not being worn at all.