Skip to comments.3D-printed toothbrush guarantees clean teeth in just 6 seconds
Posted on 10/09/2013 9:51:00 AM PDT by null and void
We all know about electric toothbrushes. There are electric toothbrushes with rechargeable batteries and ones that you plug in to the wall for use. While these are helpful in providing thousands of rotating motions per minute, engineers at an innovative company have come up with an even better idea a 3D-printed toothbrush that reduces your brushing time to 6 seconds.
￼ What the Blizzident toothbrush looks like. (Image via Blizzident)
The company, Blizzident, comprised of dentists, engineers, and computer scientists is using technology to change the way we brush our teeth.
In order to create this perfectly tailored toothbrush, Blizzident creates a 3D-printed model of your mouth by using an impression or scan of your teeth that can be acquired from your dentist. To get started, you can upload your scans directly to the company here.
Scans like this acquired from dentist will allow for a perfect 3D-printed toothbrush tailored for your mouth.
The scan is used to determine where each of the 600 bristles needs to be placed to ensure the perfect brushing experience.
The brush, once printed, is inserted into the mouth similar to a mouth guard for use. All the user needs to do is chomp down and grind his or her teeth for about 6 seconds.
The toothbrush is available online for $299. Although a bit expensive for a toothbrush, the company says it could potentially save people money in future dental costs.
After all, for toothpaste, we'd all need our obamafoam...
With competition and the price of technology falling, that price will drop pretty rapidly.
Political power grows out of the nozzle of a 3-D Printer.
6 seconds? Really?
Only if you brush with ObamaFoam...
That’s a funny lookin mouth guard.
Forget brushing; just keep 3-D printing more teeth!
...and if it doesn’t work, you can always “3D print” some new teeth.
Considering a toothbrush is only good for about 3 months, $1200 a year for toothbrushes seems a bit pricy. How much would it really save in dental costs?
Liberal mindset in action.
>> reduces your brushing time to 6 seconds.
So, how long do you think it takes me now?
Anyway, for clean teeth and fresh breath, I’m *happy* to give up 10 to 15 seconds of my life every couple weeks. It’s worth it! :-)
bristles wear out relatively quickly. i do’tthink i’d’get my $300 worth out of it. sonicares work well for me.
You can spend about 50% of that on a Sonicare. This 3-D thingy sounds like a good deal; personalized for your own mouth, and it’ll probably last a long time.
About ten years ago my dentist suggested in-office hygiene every 3 months instead of every six months.
I was skeptical at first; I figured it was just a way to pad his income. But I'm convinced that the additional visits have saved me THOUSANDS in dental costs over the years (for an additional <$400 per year out of pocket).
$1200/year for toothbrushes? Nah. Just spend half that dough seeing your friendly hygienist more often.
The toothbrush was invented in my home state of West Virginia. Now you know why its not called a teethbrush.
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