October 2, 2013
$300 Tailored Toothbrush Lets You Brush In 6 Seconds
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Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe OnlineTechnological advancements will often lead to game-changing devices, but they can also be used to create pointless junk. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell which is which.
Through a combination of 3D scanning and 3D printing technology, the new Blizzident teeth-cleaning system promises to do its job in six seconds instead of the two minutes recommended for a manual brushing.
The system can accomplish this ultra-fast clean because it is custom designed to fit inside a specific mouth.
“All Blizzident-bristles are tailored to your own teeth,” a statement on the website reads. “They are placed on the surface of your teeth in a 45 degree angle. They are also aligned exactly along your gumline in a 45 degree angle.”
To achieve this level of customization, a customer must first visit their dentist’s office, where an impression of the teeth is taken. This impression is then sent to a dental laboratory, where the impression is digitally scanned and uploaded to Blizzident.
After the company receives the digital copy of a customer’s mouth, it fashions a plastic brushing system that contains 400 soft bristles and slits for dental floss using a 3-D printer. The device is then sent to the customer.
To clean teeth in six seconds using the Blizzident, the user must bite and release the device quickly 10 to 15 times to a “vibrating, jiggling upwards, downwards and slightly circling movements,” the company said. This technique purportedly cleans the space underneath the gum line in addition to “cleaning all other surfaces perfectly.”
To clean the top surfaces of the teeth, the company recommends the user grind their teeth with the device in their mouth.
“Because you are brushing all your teeth at the same time, you are brushing extremely quickly,” a statement on the Blizzident website said. “You brush all the difficult-to-reach and inter-dental regions without even having to think about it.”
The device currently costs $300, but some are expecting that initial cost to come down significantly. If Blizzident gets people to maintain their dental health it could be worth the investment – especially for those hoping to avoid a visit to the dentist’s office.
The company said the system would work for children, but would have to be updated as they grow and their mouths get bigger. That could get costly as even a replacement Blizzident costs $159. The company charges $89 for a ‘refurbished’ tooth cleaner.
“Until the end of puberty (until age 21) the body is still growing,” the company said. “This means the Blizzident has to be updated/modified with fresh impression/scan data on a yearly base until the age of 21.”
For those skeptical about a $300 teeth-brushing system that claims to cut brushing time down to six seconds, the company said results from clinical trial should be published soon.
“Clinical studies will be published soon, showing the same dramatic improvements in plaque-removal and overall oral hygiene that our in house testing and usage by our first customers have already been showing,” the company said.