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3D-printed toothbrush scrubs chompers in 6 seconds

The strange Blizzident 3D-printed toothbrush cleans all of your teeth in one go, promising a 6-second scrub.

Amanda Kooser
Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET. When not wallowing in weird gear and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.
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The Blizzident lasts for a year. Blizzident

If you had a choice between spending 2 minutes or 6 seconds brushing your teeth, you would probably go with the faster method. The Blizzident custom 3D-printed toothbrush is a bizarre-looking toothbrush alternative that promises a 6-second scrub of your pearly whites.

There is no one-size-fits-all Blizzident. Each one is custom-made to fit an individual's mouth. The process starts with an impression or 3D-scan of your teeth. If you have a dentist make an impression, it still needs to be scanned into a 3D file. That scan is uploaded to Blizzident, which then manufactures the toothbrush using 3D printing.

Using the Blizzident involves popping it into your mouth and making biting and chewing motions. It looks furry, but the plentiful soft bristles are angled to clean your gums and get between your teeth for quick cleaning.

You can pop over to a store and pick up a regular toothbrush for a couple bucks, but the Blizzident's more complex manufacturing process causes the product to come in at $299. A replacement (which is recommended after a year of use) costs $159. Getting the 3D scan done can cost anywhere from $75 to $200. That pretty much puts it into the realm of luxury products.

The Blizzident is certainly a creative use of 3D printing that brings a new angle to the chore of toothbrushing. The company promises to share clinical studies on the efficiency of the Blizzident soon. It will be interesting to see how it stacks up to the old method.

The Blizzident is custom-fit to your mouth. Blizzident

(Via Livescience)