A new Kickstarter campaign has been launched for a new 3D printed flossing device called UFloss, which allows you to floss all of your teeth at the same time. This oral hygiene product will use an app to take impressions of the user’s mouth, creating a fully custom-fitted solution for all.
As both your dentist and parents have repeatedly told you while you were growing up, flossing is a very important part of developing proper oral hygiene habits. However, it can be a tedious and time-consuming process to floss in between every single tooth. Many of us simply forget or forfeit our desire to floss away once we’re done with brushing.
But one company called UFloss has recently launched a 3D printed solution that would lets consumers floss all their teeth at once. The team is currently attempting to raise money for the product through a new Kickstarter campaign.
Claiming to have partnered with top 3D printing manufacturers, the UFloss solution promises full customization for each user. The floss is essentially a mouth guard that is personalized for the wearer, which is done by first taking an imprint of one’s mouth.
Each space between teeth then has a piece of floss attached to the mouth piece. Once the UFloss is inserted into the mouth, users can simply move the piece up and down to remove plaque from their teeth. The device has a stabilization feature to keep the UFloss steady, as well as an ergonomic handle for easy use.
Customers will be able to download the UFloss app and order the impression kit. After following the instructions and uploading an image of the impression through the app, the company will then create a custom fit and ship it directly to the user. Refills will be automatically sent out each month to a user’s doorstep.
“We’ve been flossing the same way for hundreds of years. Be free from flossing each tooth one by one and struggling to reach the back of your mouth,” explained Calvin Mason, CEO of UFloss. “UFloss is designed to give you the most custom flossing experience ever- saving you time and providing you optimal cleaning for quality care. This revolutionary technology allows you to do this all from the comfort of your home.
Although this concept could certainly be a promising addition to the oral hygiene market, the UFloss is not the first 3D printed solution to present an all-in-one flossing experience. Last year, Blizzident launched a 3D flosser that has the floss attached to a roll at the front of the mouth piece. Compared to the UFloss, the Blizzident looks a bit more like a DIY project, but the attached floss rolls eliminates the need for having refills shipped each month.
Nonetheless, UFloss says its design consists of durable, slow-twitch flexible fibers that are FDA-approved. The actual bite surface was designed to evenly distribute the wearer’s bite force.
“UFloss is on an amazing journey. Through rapid prototyping and development using medical grade material. We have partnered with the top manufactures in 3D printing to create your custom UFloss,” adds Mason. “UFloss understands that every smile is unique. With our proximity imaging software; each dental profile receives a custom pattern. UFloss gives backers the great advantage of saving time by flossing your teeth and unison, ensuring optimal cleaning with a custom fit.”
UFloss is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to collect the funds to launch the 3D printed product. The company is aiming to raise €81,190 (~100,000 USD) to jumpstart UFloss.
Of course, we always caution our readers to jump blindly into crowdfunding campaigns, but this project is just to cool to miss! And plus, we all know how important flossing is to our oral hygiene, right?
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