As the price of 3D printing comes down, every week seems to bring news of a new product that takes advantage of the infinite opportunities for customization that the technology affords. Today we bring you the Blizzident, a personalized "toothbrush," the creators of which claim it can brush your teeth in only six seconds.
Here's how it works: first, your dentist has to make a mould of your teeth, which then gets scanned to create a 3D model. Next, Blizzident uses that model to custom fabricate a toothbrush that looks like a hockey mouthguard covered in hundreds of bristles. To brush, simply spread a little toothpaste along your top teeth, insert the Blizzident into your mouth and bite and grind for a few seconds. According to the company, that's all it takes to achieve a perfect brush. There are even slits you can route floss through.
There are a few caveats we should mention. First, a Blizzident will set you back $299 US ($309 Cdn), and needs to be replaced every year. Second, the device hasn't been signed off on by the Canadian or American Dental Associations (although its materials are all FDA approved). Lastly, the company has yet to release clinical studies measuring the Blizzident's effectiveness.
But if it works as advertised, the device could shave 228 precious seconds* out of your day.
*based on brushing twice a day for the Canadian Dental Association–recommended two minutes.