Encompass is a new type of electric toothbrush that has been engineered to offer effortless brushing.
Designed by dentists, this J shaped brush is another approach to achieving somewhat of a revolution in the way that we brush our teeth. It looks to overcome the 2 biggest problems with teeth brushing today, technique and brushing time.
Too few people brush their teeth for the recommended amount of time and the technique used is often incorrect.
Encompass solves this (in theory) by brushing the teeth within 20 seconds, applying the correct pressure and angle whilst brushing each tooth evenly.
The following promotional video explains the concept.
To date, mouthpiece toothbrushes have been created by a number of different companies, but none have (as yet) to really deliver an effective clean and at least get close to the performance of a regular manual or electric brush.
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The Encompass brush is another attempt by RYCA international.
RYCA is headed up by Ryan Schwartz and his dentist father, Cary Schwartz.
Unlike the mouthpiece toothbrushes that aim to clean all the surfaces of the teeth in the mouth at the same time, this approach cleans all surfaces of the teeth in one half of the mouth.
A ‘half-mouth’ toothbrush, you would brush the right side of the mouth (both upper and lower teeth) and then the left side, all in a fraction of the time you would normally.
As I write this, the Encompass toothbrush is not yet a physical product that you and I can actually buy and receive now. But, you can pre-order it.
You see, Encompass was first introduced in 2019 on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.
Looking to achieve $30,000, at the time of writng the company has managed to $442,000 in funding.
This looks to be a very interesting product, but I am not sure if it will deliver the results claimed — I hoped to be proven wrong.
Encompass sports not only a unique design, but a patented air pump system is also being used to deliver 100 brush strokes per second to the teeth. I have never come across such a system.
A pump built into the handle pushes air into the bladders within the head. As they inflate and deflate they move the bristles uniformly across the teeth.
Images of the brush look very promising and it could certainly be, in my opinion at least, one of the more appealing brushes to use (if it works as suggested).
Of course, every mouth is different, but a one size fits all approach tends to be good enough for most of these types of products.
The half-mouth brush head with what are called ‘flex fingers’ and a longitudinal flex point allows the head to adjust to your mouth and teeth to provide a custom fit and incur proper bristle contact for every tooth.
Unique this product is, it is nice to see it has not been designed with lots of unnecessary features.
With just 1 cleaning mode and a built-in rechargeable battery, Encompass isn’t claiming to be a smart toothbrush and deliver you pearly white teeth in just 3 days. It simply promises to clean your teeth really well and evenly, in less time than a regular toothbrush.
Many wonder how it can clean all your teeth in less time. The simple fact is that with regular brushing, each tooth surface is brushed one at a time. With encompass and other mouthpiece brushes like this, they are cleaning 3 surfaces of the teeth at once, so it is going to be quicker.
Taken from the Encompass crowdfunding page:
“The recommended brushing time of 2 minutes means you brush one surface of each of your teeth for approximately 1.25 seconds (assuming you are spending the right amount of time on each tooth). With Encompass, you brush all 3 surfaces of the teeth in half of your mouth simultaneously for 10 seconds. When you think about it, that means you are actually brushing each tooth for 8 times longer with an Encompass toothbrush!”
I won’t list out all the different perks and prices, but there is a cost advantage to backing now, before the product begins shipping. But, the risk is you can’t be sure just how good it will be.
The brush is due to begin shipping in
December 2020 early 2023.
Rest assured, I will go hands-on as soon as I can and will provide detailed feedback when I do. In the meantime, you can learn more at https://encompassbrush.com/