Brushing your teeth in six seconds may soon become a reality thanks in part to 3D printing.
In what’s being hailed as the biggest development for the personal toothbrush in decades, researchers have developed a brush that can clean your teeth in less than 10 seconds. What’s the secret? Combining advanced technologies like 3D scanning and 3D printing, your dental technician can build a brush shaped perfectly to your teeth.
The ‘six second toothbrush’ is simple enough to use. After your custom brush has been 3D printed, you bite down and continue chewing for six seconds – that’s it! According to developers, it’s enough time to perfectly clean every single tooth in your mouth in every direction. The new toothbrush has been aptly dubbed the Blizzident by some in the dental community, no doubt for its ability to white out every corner
Although 3D printing has existed in some forms since 1984, its presence has only recently acknowledged by the general public. The process of creating a three-dimensional object requires advanced printers to create successive layers using special materials. Its application has commonly appeared in fields like industrial design, automotive, aerospace, military, engineering and now dentistry.
The Blizzident is created starting with an impression of your teeth. The impression is sent off to a dental laboratory that will soon digitize the results, later uploaded to Blizzident. Your Blizzident is then 3D printed and sent back to you. It sounds too good to be true, but there are some minor concerns to address before the product becomes commonplace.
As with any other new technology, Blizzident comes with a lofty price tag. Currently the product will run you $300, pretty pricy for a toothbrush. Considering doctors recommend you change your brush every three months, that price will need to come down before Blizzident really makes a noticeable impact in the dental industry.