For many people brushing their teeth in a morning can feel like a bit of a chore, even though it only takes a few minutes. If you’re one of those people then the Blizzident 3D printed toothbrush is for you. It only takes 6 seconds for a complete clean.
This new toothbrush takes advantage of one of the main plus points of 3D printing, the ability to make completely custom objects. The Blizzident brush is more like a mouth guard and contains 400 soft bristles which clean teeth when the user bites into it and grinds their teeth.
Blizzident use a 3D model, which is uploaded to their website, of a person’s teeth that is created from an impression or scan taken by a dentist or orthodontist.
“Because you are brushing all your teeth at the same time, you are brushing extremely quickly. You brush all the difficult-to-reach and inter-dental regions without even having to think about it.” – Blizzident
Special computer software positions the 400 soft bristles in an optimized pattern it then creates a 3D model of the brush which which can be printed. The Blizzident is 3D printed using a stereolithography technique, which utilizes a vat of liquid ultraviolet curable photopolymer “resin” and an ultraviolet laser to build the brush layer by layer.
The bristles are designed to brush along the gum line at a 45 degree angle to brush the teeth in a Modified Bass technique. Bristles at a 90 degree angle clean the top surface of the teeth using a “fones” technique.
As the Blizzident is a custom device it isn’t cheap, costing around $/€300, and lasts around one year before having to be replaced. This might seem expensive, but the makers claim that anyone using it will save time and also save money on dental bills in the long run.