History – how brush bands came to be.
about brush bands
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The idea for extra brush life bands came about from necessity.
Glenn, the inventor, was tired of replacing toothbrushes that were fine except for the bristles.
He also had two young kids who couldn’t help but bite on a new brush, which aged them very fast.
Glenn was concerned for the environment, and the waste this was creating. He is also a bit of a cheap ass, and hates waste for that reason too.
Tired of replacing toothbrushes that were fine except for their bristles, Glenn got to work to find out ways that might restore toothbrush bristles to their original shape.
First he tried rubber bands, but they squished the brush, were hard to put on and popped off.
Wire kind of stayed on but rusted and was a hassle to get around the bristles.
Dental putty was too hard to shape around the bristles.
Plaster didn’t work at all.
Softening bristles in boiling oil made a nasty mess in the saucepan.
Just heating in boiling water helped a bit, but some brushes didn’t work much at all.
Shaped cones or caps over the bristles kept grabbing the odd bristle and bending it the wrong way like a mean spirited wrestler.
Eventually food grade silicon rubber could be made in to a reasonable shape just slightly smaller than the brush head to squeeze the bristles back to a better state.
Since silicone can be moulded, Glenn got himself a 3D printer and set about making mould after mould and band after band from that.
Choose Your Brush Band to suit your Brush.
Our extensive research has shown there are 3 main brush shapes
as well as round for Electric brushes.
If you don’t know your brush shape, run to the bathroom grab your brush and run back. That way you will be able to choose the right brush band and will have done a little bit of exercise. Good for you!
From the top of your brush, look at the shape. Match it to a shape below, and see the correct brush band.
brush Bands Instruction
“Choose a Brush Band that fits your brush. You’ll need a normal toothbrush with plastic bristles. If
you aren’t sure, practise on an old brush, which is what you’ll want to restore anyway.”
The band comes over the handle,
then around the bristles.
The band can be left over the bristles for 30 minutes without hot water, or the brush can be dropped in a cup of boiling water for about 30 seconds. The hot water softens the bristles, allowing the band to reshape them.
It turns out that toothbrush bristles like to return to their original shape when in hot water, and with the extra help of Extra Brush Life bands, it’s really quite incredible how well a brush can be restored.
Once restored, a brush can be reused just as before and once it starts to age again, it can be restored again. We haven’t yet found a brush that couldn’t be restored to better than it was … yet.
After well over 200 different designs,
we settled on 4 primary shapes:
He also found that a curved incline inside the band with maximum correction towards the tip with some compression compensation of the bristles provided the optimum correction. If you were interested to know. Which even if you weren’t, you’ve read it now. And you can’t go back. So there. Glenn also wrote the text for this site, and also bored his family and friends with similar brush restoration discoveries.
Glenn however quickly ran out of brushes to test on, as he could restore them faster than his family could wear them out. He restored toothbrushes from under the sink that had been cleaning tiles, kids toothbrushes, adult toothbrushes and even had a crack at paint brushes ( more on that later ). Glenn used up all the old brushes in his house by making them useable again!
Luckily, Glenn’s few remaining friends would meet him at a cafe and bring their toothbrushes for him to experiment on. The tests were very successful, restoring his friends sometimes embarrassingly aged brushes to useable again, and providing some interesting optics for the café staff. The restoration proofs were in. Extra Brush Life bands were a success.
Next, Glenn asked his remote friends for a brushie. A photo of their toothbrushes. This was the sort of question that was quite expected from his remote friends and not at all the reason they were remote.
Glenn was shocked at the state of his friends brushes. He quickly moulded off a few dozen bands and sent them around the world. Well, England mainly. One in Canberra, and a few others here and there.
Wonderfully Glenn’s friends had great success restoring and maintaining their brushes effectiveness, and asked when they could get more. So he had to stop typing this paragraph and put together a website to buy these bands.
Brush band Demonstration How to restore a toothbrush
In this video we show how a Brush Band can restore an old toothbrush to almost new in 90 seconds.
How do I get a brush band and help save the environment and money?
Buy a brush band that suits your brush, or buy the adult set ( round, oval, rectangle and diamond ) to make sure you are covered. Follow our instructions < link to How do Brush Bands work? > and you are good to go.
What’s the goal of extra brush life?
Who are we?
Starting out with a Dad tired of replacing his kids toothbrushes, we’ve grown in to a family company based in Melbourne Australia.
We are a small company with big dreams we will strive:
To support people worldwide who want to reduce waste and extend the usefulness of their brushes.
To see a global reduction in plastic waste from brushes.
To support local manufacturing to enable community creation and distribution of brush restoration products.
To provide brush solutions in areas of low economic advantage to improve dental health due to better access to more effective toothbrushes.
To make enough money to support the above points and a bit extra too.
How are we going to achieve this our goals?
Currently the bands are manufactured in the inventors (Glenn’s) home. This is a bit messy, and won’t scale up very far before the house is covered in bands and the cat learns to mix silicone rubber.
However, we are still perfecting the bands. There are a lot of toothbrushes out there, and we want to get the right combination of bands to suit the biggest number of brush types. So home manufacture with agile correction through adapting 3D printed moulds. This should be fine until we get passed about 100 bands a day. Then it’s off to find somewhere, preferably locally, to make our bands at a reasonable cost.
We will match centralised manufacturing with some local manufacturing too. We plan to license the moulds and the e-commerce store to allow people around the world to create their own bands to sell through the site, or in their community. We haven’t figured out how to do this yet.
Is this a new idea?
Well, to do this properly, we did some hard research and put together a patent application. No: 2021901296.
We have found plenty of previous patent attempts over the last few decades to create mechanisms and devices that would have some success in restoring brushes, but they looked hard to make, hard to clean, or hard to use. Either way, we never saw them in the supermarket so they didn’t take off we guess.
Extra Brush Life seems new in that it’s a simple shaped, flexible band.
It stretches over the bristles so there’s less chance of grabbing a bristle and bending it the wrong way by accident. It’s just silicone rubber, so it’s non toxic, heat safe, and really easy and cheap to make and keep clean.
The inside of the band is shaped in a way to provide maximum useful correction of the tips of bristles that typically have the worst flailing and then lead to the whole bristle to flail.
Brush Bands are currently Patent Pending 2021901296 Australia