It’s hard to believe but toothbrushes have gone high tech. So much so that I’ve put together a series on the blog and the YouTube channel with all the options. This next one I’m reviewing has to be one of the most unusual. Blizzident is not a connected toothbrush and it doesn’t vibrate or send you data, but it’s one of the more high tech toothbrushes I’ve seen in a long time. Here’s why.
The Blizzident toothbrush is a mouthguard-shaped giant mono-brush. It’s custom made to fit your mouth and all of your teeth individually, and as a result you can brush your whole mouth in six seconds. (Blizzident also recently re-launched the brush in a slimmer, smaller format. read the review of the new Blizzident here.
How Blizzident works
Blizzident is a hard plastic toothbrush shaped to your mouth. Individual bristles are inserted into the horseshoe-shaped gadget, and they’re angled to precisely clean each of your teeth, getting into all the cracks and crevices. You put some toothpaste in your mouth, pop the device in and bite or chew on it for six seconds. Voila! Clean teeth all at once!
First time using Blizzident
The first time I used Blizzident, the company advised me to watch their online video about how to get it in your mouth properly. I did, but even so I had a lot of trouble fitting it in my mouth. It’s awkward!
It was tough to stretch my lips around it and it was actually quite painful. I reached out to the company for further instructions, and they sent me another video. Essentially, you need to put one side of the device into the centre of your mouth, then slide it over between your teeth. You’ll use your pinky finger to pull your mouth open to slip in the other side, then bite into it. You’ll get it, but expect it to be tough the first few times.
This device is definitely a mouthful and takes a bit to get used to. If you have a sensitive gag reflex, this might be a bit much, because it really takes up a lot of space inside your mouth.
Here’s how it works:
First rub a bit of toothpaste on your teeth with a brush or your finger, then follow the instructions to slip the device into your mouth. Line it up with your teeth then bite down and grind your jaw back and forth and around and around, for about six seconds.
Blizzident recommends you allow about three weeks to get used to the device. I’d say I was used to it in about a week.
Blizzident says that using this brush means “bristle pressures are always at an optimum – meaning optimum plaque removal and optimum protection of gums and tooth surfaces.”
I can definitely see that; it’s really difficult to brush too hard as you can with a traditional toothbrush, because pressure is distributed evenly across your teeth. Plus, Blizzident points out that with this brush, only the tooth surfaces are cleaned, protecting your gums from friction. As someone who’s dealt with gum recession from aggressive brushing, I definitely noticed less pressure.
How long to brush with Blizzident
Dentists recommend you brush your teeth for about two to three minutes with a manual brush, and two minutes with an electric. Blizzident says brushing with its device for just six seconds is enough to give you a good deep clean.
How well does Blizzident clean?
I was surprised and impressed with the clean I got from Blizzident. Without being too gross there was noticeably more… debris… when I spit out the toothpaste. If you think about it, getting into every crack and crevasse in your mouth with a one-inch toothbrush seems kind of absurd. That also explains why it takes so long to brush your teeth properly with a standard toothbrush. With Blizzident I definitely felt like it was cleaning everywhere at once, and I noticed a bit of gum tendernesss for a couple of days where the brush was clearly getting into places I was not previously.
Getting a Blizzident made
In order to get your custom made Blizzident brush, you’ll need a model of your teeth. There are two ways you can do this; by getting an old fashioned rubber bite mould made of your mouth, and then have a digital 3D model scan from that, and send the digital file off to Blizzident.
Or there’s an easier way. Find a dentist or orthodontist who can do a 3D scan of your mouth. This involves using a wand to scan all your teeth. The scanner then re-creates your mouth in 3D. You get that file and send it off to Blizzident, and they get to work.
In Calgary, Canada I had the scan done at a brand new orthodontics clinic in the city called Family Braces. The scan was quick and absolutely painless and only took about 10 minutes. The wand is waved over your teeth, and you can actually see the scan rendering on a video screen in the office.
Once the file is sent off to Blizzident it takes a couple of weeks to make and ship your custom brush.
How much does Blizzident cost?
This brush is not inexpensive. It cost $339 USD /$450 CAD and it’s recommended you replace it once per year; replacement brushes are $170US/ $220CAD, since they already have your teeth on file.
There’s also the cost of the 3D scans, which can vary from $75-$150, depending on your dentist.
Overall review of Blizzident brush
While this brush did take some serious getting used to, I found it worked quite well. It makes perfect sense too that instead of spending two or three minutes brushing individual teeth all around your mouth, if you can hit all your teeth at once, it takes far less time.
I did wonder why the Blizzident was made of such a rigid hard plastic. The plastic made it harder to fit in the mouth, but I assume that’s because a softer more pliable plastic would probably hold all those custom bristles less securely.
The cost, however is going to be the biggest barrier to this device. While it’s obviously custom made, $500+ for a toothbrush is out of reach for most of us mortals.
I did enjoy my brushing experience with Blizzident but after a few weeks I did find myself gravitating back to my old electric brush just because it was easy to grab and use (and a habit, frankly), if not faster. I still use my Blizzident though when I want a nice deep clean, quickly.