About this project
Surely everyone knows that, according to dentists, you have to brush your teeth every day, three times a day, for at least 2 minutes. Surely everyone knows that if you brush the wrong way, you'll soon have to visit your dentist. Wouldn't it be simpler and easier to always be sure you are brushing the right way, and just spend a few seconds brushing rather than 2 minutes?
Our team is led by a dentist, who has been searching for a solution for the last 5 years, and after several tests and prototypes has invented GlareSmile, the first electric toothbrush which works 100% automatically on your teeth, guaranteeing the correct brushing technique in just 10 seconds.
GlareSmile® is a patented technology with 3 brushes that simultaneously brush all the surfaces of each tooth, with a simple sliding movement. In an industry which has not experienced great innovations over the last decades, our aim is to spread this breakthrough change to make everyone's oral health simpler and better.
The two outer brushes respectively brush the vestibular and lingual/palatal surfaces of each tooth, while the central brush cleans the occlusal surfaces. The rotation movement from the bottom to the top guarantees plaque removal the same way you would do with your manual or electric toothbrush, but faster and with no risk of mistakes.
How does it work? Nothing as simple. Just check this video.
GlareSmile works perfectly in any of the situations described below. We would be glad to answer any of your specific doubts or requests - just write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Focus: UV LED is designed to automatically turn on after GlareSmile is switched off. Pointing the UV light towards the bristles, it provides an easy method of disinfection against bacteria. Furthermore, when inside the removable cap, the 3 brushes rotate against plastic listels, automatically removing any kind of residual from the bristles.
Focus: Waterproof. GlareSmile is designed to be 100% waterproof, so that you can use it as you would use any other kind of toothbrush. Even the micro-USB port is completely waterproof.
Focus: touchscreen display has been designed to easily access all the features with just one touch. Navigate through the menu as you would with your smartphone. 4 different brushing modes are available.
Focus: interchangeable heads will be available in a size for adults and a size for children. They should be changed every two months, but don’t worry: GlareSmile will keep track of their usage and alert you when you have to get new ones.
Focus: USB charger. You may want to use GlareSmile in the office after lunch, at the restaurant after dinner, when you're away from home on holiday.. no worries, you can plug it anywhere you have a USB charger, just as you would do with your smartphone.
Focus: Solar charger. One of the coolest accessories you may want, is the GS Solar charger, designed to be sticked to any window to catch sunlight and be always ready to charge. Recharging your GlareSmile will never be as easy and as environment-friendly.
Focus: Docking Station. Would you like to have your GlareSmile always in its place? Are you a mother of 3 children who will have to share the toothbrush still keeping their own interchangeable head? The docking station can be placed anywhere to recharge your GlareSmile and hold it, providing 2 extra spaces for interchangeable heads.
Focus: App. GlareSmile has an internal memory which keeps track of the usage statistics in terms of brushing time, pressure on your teeth, used modes and much more. But why keep this all for yourself? By connecting GlareSmile to your laptop you can download all the statistics and through an App on your smartphone connect to your dentist and share them.
Focus: packaging is made out of 100% biodegradable material. GlareSmile is made out of 100% recyclable materials. Packaging includes the following:
- GlareSmile electric toothbrush
- USB cable
- USB charger
- Instructions manual
Charging dock will be a separate accessory, as well as the solar charger.
Future releases of GlareSmile will let you choose your favorite color, to perfectly match your style and your mood. A brand new design and a full set of accessories will enrich your experience at home in your bathroom, or outside wherever you are, by always taking GlareSmile with you.
How we got here: prototyping, testing, iterations, prototyping, testing, iterations. We have been consistently focusing on the brush-head which is the core of GlareSmile, by mastering its shape through several laboratory tests among thousand of patients. Then we added a new design without forgetting that user-friendly is the key, in particular for children, the elderly and the disabled.
We have developed GlareSmile leveraging an active collaboration with italian rest homes, nursing homes, dental clinics and hospitals in order to positively address the most critical issues in guaranteeing patients a correct oral health.
Our Team: Aldo Dominici
- Graduate in Dentistry (5 years) at Milan University (Italy) in 2007.
- Postgraduate in Electrowelded Implantology (1 year) at G.d’Annunzio University in Chieti (Italy) in 2009.
- Postgraduate in Oral Surgery (3 years) at Milan University (Italy) in 2011.
- Master in Aesthetic dentistry (2 years) at ASPEM (Italy) in 2014.
- Adjunct Professor in Postgraduate course of Orthognatodontics at Milan University (Italy) in 2011-2012.
- Author of surgical and orthodontic international publications
- Speaker in national and international congresses.
- Speaker in Master of Implant-prosthesis and Oral Surgery at Bari University (Italy) in 2010-2011.
- Implantologist at University Department of Istituto Stomatologico Italiano, Milan (Italy).
Our Team: Niccolò Cerizza
- Master of science in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University in Milan (Italy)
- 1 year experience as administrative and accounting assistant in an ICT company in Turin (Italy)
- 4 years experience as a consultant in the "innovation" field for international corporations and organizations
- 4 years experience as the general manager of an entrepreneurial venture in the telecommunication industry in Milan (Italy)
Leveraging a long lasting friendship, Aldo and Niccolò co-founded GlareSmile S.r.l. to merge the scientific and inventive skills of Aldo to the managerial skills of Niccolò. They self-funded GlareSmile with an initial equity injection to reach the completion of the prototyping phase and identifying all the suppliers for the mass production phase - furthermore, they have directed the designers to achieve the final layout of the device, the engineers to have the hardware and software ready for manufacturing, and they have been in charge of the marketing and the advertising campaigns. The GlareSmile team is now enlarging with a specific account manager for the hospitals/nursing homes market and for large retail stores, together with a marketing director to follow up the outcome of the Kickstarter campaign and set up the next steps.
Our roadmap: we designed GlareSmile using components which can easily be found on the market (engines, batteries, plastics, gears) while the brush-head has been developed with our specifics. Our prototype is working and it has already been tested, so that the next steps towards mass production can be made on a strong established basis. The goal of the campaign will basically guarantee the coverage of the fixed costs of injection molding.
Our future roadmap: we are already developing some future releases and add-ons of GlareSmile, such as:
- a brush-head which embeds a cleaning surfaces for your tongue
- an automatic toothpaste dispenser which can be activated through the touchscreen display, releasing toothpaste inside your mouth while brushing your teeth
- plastic multi-color covers for a soft feeling in your hand
We are looking forward to start working straightly on these new features, as soon as the first mass production batch of GlareSmile is being manufactured and correctly shipped to our backers.
As we've reached 115% of our goal in 15 days, we want to stretch our goal further beyond (check updates for additional info): if we reach €100k by the end of the campaign, our backers will have the chance to choose the color of their GlareSmile among these:
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Risks and challenges
The technology behind our project is based on a new international patent developed by the team, applied to a device which has been designed from scratch. Hence, we have introduced in the industry a new way of brushing teeth which relies on specific kind of bristles which apply a specific movement on the teeth.
In the last months we have been working on identifying our partners in the large-scale-production of brushes (starting if the campaign succeeds) so we are quite confident we will provide the best possible options. While we are 100% confident of the quality of the final brushes which we have manufactured and tested in small batches, some fine-tuning might be needed in order to set an efficient mass production.
Further releases of the brush-head will be made, experimenting with new materials and shapes, so those might require additional development which will probably lead to new releases in 2017.
Software debug is at the final stage, but given the simplicity of the mechanism (button + gears + brush rotation) we believe no complex issue will arise.
Certification of this new brush-head is in the making: given the similarity to other comparable devices we do not expect any kind of delay.
Furthermore, the main components of the device (engine, moulds, plastics, PCBs, batteries, gears) recall some common components that are easily found on the market. We have set up a standard procedure for assembling which might require some time to become 100% fluid and efficient.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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