3D-Printed Wonder Cleans Teeth in Just 6 Seconds

By Naveen Athrappully, Epoch Times
October 6, 2013 Updated: October 6, 2013

My brother use to love to have one of those battery-operated toothbrushes that swivels and cleans teeth without any fuss. No need for any heavy lifting involved with the normal toothbrush.

In this day and age, he would reason why wouldn’t everyone use automated devices to simplify life and besides, it made a cool whirring sound inside his mouth. But he has grown up now, and sticks to the ancient bristled implement for this daily chore.

A lot of people, including him, will be ecstatic to learn of a simpler and much faster “advanced” method of brushing. It’s known as the Blizzident, or the 3D-printed plaque exterminator. It cleans your teeth in just six seconds, perfectly polishing the white jewels while protecting gums and cleaning away plaque.

Blizzident works like this: You get your teeth 3D scanned when you visit the dentist. Then you upload the model to the website, www.blizzident.com, and the experts in the company work toward creating an inverse mold of your mouth. The model takes up to 12 weeks to get printed, after which it is attached with “soft, ultrafine bristles” and turned into an ultra-modern toothbrush. Then, they send it to you.

And this is what you do with it: Put some toothpaste in your mouth and using your tongue, spread it over your upper teeth. Then, insert the Blizzident and bite into it, grinding your teeth. Do this for 10–15 times, which takes approximately 6 seconds unless, of course, you’re too lazy to grind. This action will move the rest of the paste over to your lower teeth as well. The Blizzident is perfectly customized for you and so, with its many bristles, almost 600, it does the cleaning job perfectly. It also cleans your tongue and saves time on flossing.

Regarding the cost, a new Blizzident will cost you $300, whereas refurbishing an old one with new bristles will cost $89. The Blizzident should be replaced after one year and this will cost you $159. The 3D scan is usually priced between $100 and $200.

“Traditional manual and electric toothbrushes clean only as well as your brushing technique and discipline is. And even with a good technique, there are always regions you cannot reach, because of the geometry of your manual/electric toothbrush and bristles,” says the Blizzident website.

“Blizzident bristle pressure is always the same, and within the correct limits. Whereas, when you brush by hand, often too much pressure is applied, and gums and teeth are harmed. And if not enough pressure is applied, the cleaning effect is reduced,” claims the website.

So, we wonder, what’s next? A 3D printed bathing suit? Now, that’s something that could save some serious time and effort. And maybe, even the environment.