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The Y-Brush returns: We tried out the 10-second toothbrush and it really works

The strange-looking toothbrush promises a super short brush time. You can now buy one for $125.

This story is part of CES, where CNET covers the latest news on the most incredible tech coming soon.

Last year, the Y-Brush promised nothing short of a potential dental miracle. The strange looking toothbrush was designed to clean all of your teeth in just 10 seconds. Now a year later at CES, the 10-second toothbrush is back in its final form, and this time you can actually buy one. And that's good news because in the landscape of "tech toothbrushes" the Y-Brush offers something that Oral-B and Colgate don't: efficiency.

The French company FasTeesH sought to reimagine how we brush our teeth. Instead of moving the small head of a regular toothbrush from tooth-to-tooth over the course of 2 minutes, the company's Y-Brush cleans half your mouth in 5 seconds. I know, a record skip can be heard at dental offices across the land. Watch the video below to see me try the Y-Brush out at CES.

The Y-Brush resembles a sports mouthguard packed with nylon bristles. The motor inside the small trapezoid-shaped handle vibrates to clean all your teeth at once on the top or bottom of your mouth.

And what does that efficiency cost you? The Y-Brush costs $125. For comparison, Colgate's smart electric toothbrush costs $100 and Oral-B's Bluetooth equipped Genius Pro 8000 toothbrush costs $180. You can order the Y-Brush online but it won't ship until March.

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The nylon bristles are positioned at 45-degree angles which is what the ADA recommends for holding your toothbrush against your gums.

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The unique toothbrush has been tested in-vitro as well as with a research panel of 3,000 consumers. The Y-Brush will undergo a clinical study in France over the coming months. While the Y-Brush is changing the way you brush your teeth, you still need to floss regularly.

Originally published earlier this week.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.