Tooth brushing is a simple proposition. But that doesn’t mean inventors aren’t thinking of new ways to tackle the twice-daily task.
Look no further than this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the premier annual showcase for tech gadgets. A company raising at least part of its funding through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign showed off the Y-Brush, a high-tech teeth cleaning device it claims could replace tooth brushing at this year’s CES.
According to Digital Trends:
The creation of French company Fasteesh, the Y-Brush is an attempt at optimizing the process of brushing your teeth. Instead of a brush with a small head of bristles, the Y-Brush is basically all bristles. They are laid out at 45-degree angles around a mouthguard that can fit around your upper and lower rows of teeth. The bristles are designed to be directed at the precise angle the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends when holding a toothbrush against your gums. Since not everyone’s mouth is the same size, the Y-Brunch comes in four different varieties, including smaller sizes designed for children.
To use the Y-Brush, you first fill the tray with your toothpaste of choice. Then bring it to your mouth and place it around a row of teeth just like you would with a normal mouthguard. Once it’s in your mouth, press the power button and you will feel the Y-Brush vibrate. It’s recommended that you make a chewing motion while it’s in your mouth in order to fully clean your teeth, but you’ll only have to do it for about five seconds. Then place the Y-Brush on your other teeth and run the whole process again. After just 10 seconds later, your teeth should be fully cleaned.
Digital Trends notes that there’s reason for skepticism about this tooth brushing replacement. The ADA hasn’t approved it. And its $125 price is a lot higher than a standard tooth brush.