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Finally, a 3D-Printed Toothbrush that Does the Brushing for You

This furry customised mouthguard touts a six-second clean.

By Shirin Borthwick
October 03, 2013
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Finally, a 3D-Printed Toothbrush that Does the Brushing for You

This furry customised mouthguard touts a six-second clean.

By Shirin Borthwick
October 03, 2013
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It's 3am, you're drunk on Mojitos and each of your limbs feels heavier than a barrel of rocks. Who wants to brush their teeth at a time like this? What would be the point anyway, since your poorly aimed joustings with a mouldy old Oral B would do little to dislodge the mint leaves hiding in your dental crevices? Enter the Blizzident 3D-printed toothbrush, a furry mouthguard that does the brushing for you — apparently all you have to do is briefly chomp on it, since it's digitally tailored to your mouth and your mouth alone. Unlike those nasty, bourgeois off-the-rack toothbrushes at the chemist.

Blizzident takes the concept of the chewable toothbrush (a most bizarre, toothpaste-encrusted plastic fur ball that can be purchased for one Euro in various far-flung toilet vending machines) to the next level. Its claim is that only six seconds of chomping is required to get the results of a traditional three-minute brushing. While that six seconds will probably feel pretty awkward and counterintuitive — like eating a hair pizza? — the Blizzident could one day make even an electric toothbrush seem like too much work, and plaque a thing of the past. Even flossing and tongue-cleaning are said to be covered by this thing. Thank you, 3D printing. Check out the vid below to see a rendering of the toothbrush in action.

So how do you score one? Firstly, by getting a scan of your teeth done in the same way you might've gotten a cast for a retainer once upon a time. The cast must be taken to a dental lab to be converted into a 3D file. Then upload it to Blizzident, lay down $300 and voila, the vaunted six-second clean is yours via this strange-looking contraption perfectly customised to your bod. Has it been clinically proven effective? No, not really. But we are willing to listen out for any and all solutions to our 3am Mojito mint leaf issues.

Via Gizmodo.

Published on October 03, 2013 by Shirin Borthwick

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