The WingBrush 2.0 is designed to be an innovative, easy, effective way to clean the inter-dental areas (In between your teeth) of your mouth. In this review, we will discuss whether you should spend money on this product.
It basically works like floss sticks, having a handle, a wire and a brush that go in between your teeth to clean out plaque and germs that get built up there, causing all sorts of problems. It’s long been known that flossing and other methods of cleaning the spaces between your teeth has an expansive list of health benefits.
WingBrush is advertised to clean your inter-dental areas more effectively and faster than flossing, irrigating or using toothpicks.
Meanwhile, is this really worth your money?
Review and Discussion – Should you buy this toothbrush?
Sounds great right? Not really.
The fact is that instead of perfectly braced straight teeth, most of us will rather have a very much different teeth alignment, i.e. big gaps and small crannies. That said, WingBrush does offer 3 sizes and you will probably have to choose more than 1 size.
That said, do you really think all of your teeth’s gaps were the same space? Of course not, some are big while the other small. Therefore, you will still have to get yourself another set of refills once you’re rolling in.
Plus, due to the untidy teeth alignment, floss threader can be bent to reach to all the tiny nooks (S-shape or L-shape) between the teeth, and this is not in the case of solid WingBrush wires.
Did you bleed your gums before? Most of us did, even brushing with a regular toothbrush and using the floss threader. That’s one of the reasons of why the teeth gaps become larger according to WaterTower Dental Care. While using of thin floss thread has a slighter chance, the WingBrush 2.0 higher up the risk by using the thicker wire sizes (with bristles) running through your interdental space which prone to damage your gums, and indirectly causing your teeth gaps become larger over time.
So if you really want to clean off all the unreachable area quick and easy, I would rather recommend you to use this electric water flosser (Amazon’s Choice)? It has been proven effective and loved by many, scroll down to the customer’s review section for more.
On the other hand…
The WingBrush consists of a handle and brushes. The handle is supposed to last about as long as a toothbrush does. However, the brushes only last 2-3 days. It comes with refills, which would last approximately 3 weeks.
Your brush refills might not even last a month before you would need to buy more. That’s not very cost efficient, nor is it convenient.
Also, the sizing on the brushes is fairly complicated, if not impossible to figure out before making a purchase. Sizes on the brushes are XS: bristles 1.9 mm, S: bristles 2.2 mm and M/L bristles 2.5- 4.5 mm.
It’s fairly easy to understand that every person’s mouth is a different size, and therefore the space in between their teeth will be different. But, what isn’t clearly stated is how one is supposed to know the exact size between their teeth.
It may be bigger in some areas and smaller in others, meaning you would have to use different sized brushes, even for just one cleaning.
WingBrush’s solution to this is to give you refill sets that have multiple sizes. But, even that may not help some people, as even an XS size may not fit in between your teeth and no amount of giving you different sizes is going to help with that.
Yet, you’ll also have to floss, as well, according to WingBrush, specifically because the brush won’t fit all really small areas. So, what’s the point to hassling with Wingbrush then? Just use your toothbrush + flossing is more than enough.
There’s no real study or answers about what this system does to your tooth enamel. When asked about the effect on tooth enamel, the creators say that it’s designed not to effect it.
They say that because it’s designed in such a way that force isn’t necessary to use it, tooth enamel will be fine. However, force is not the only thing that can damage tooth enamel.
If the system were to scratch it, for instance, that could harm the enamel and leave it vulnerable to bacteria, cavities, etc. So, further study on what it actually does to tooth enamel is needed to prove this system valuable.
there are some issues with the shipping and actual cost of the WingBrush 2.0. It costs about $15, which is quite a bit, given what it is and what it does.
Since this is a crowdfunding project, they’re not going to start shipping them until July or August, which means it will take a while to actually receive your product. Fortunately, they ship all over the world but at a somewhat pricey cost ($7.5 for shipping) and can be confusing. They’re using different carriers, as opposed to just 1, which can lead to all manners of complications in shipping and reliability. But, they do say they will “try to get you a good deal” on the shipping.
So, how are the previous backers say?
The major problem with the WingBrush 2.0 stems from issues with the previous version. Backers of the previous version complained that the handle and bristle weren’t long enough, the system was prone to bending and all it did was stabbed them in the gums.
So, rather than improve that system, the company used their suggestions and made the WingBrush 2.0. Lots of them hadn’t even received their WingBrush before the 2.0 Kickstarter was launched. To appease the previous version’s disgruntled backers, the company’s solution was to tell the backers to back the 2.0 and pay for at least the WingBrush Starter pledge, and they’d get an extra handle for free. This has left a bitter taste in their mouths and is definitely not a desirable customer service, at the least.
For that, we have reached out to the WingBrush creators and below is their response:
We shipped to 12.400 customer, 600 never gave us their address although we ask them with >20 emails. It is possible that around 1% didn’t arrive, as we are shipping in 102 countries and postal service is not always 100% reliable.WingBrush Team
Put it short…
So, is the WingBrush 2.0 worth buying?
That depends a lot on what your reasoning for buying it is. If you want it to replace floss, it won’t work for that. If you want it to replace brushing, it won’t work for that, either. If you want it for something that’s more convenient than flossing, it’s not that, either.
You’ll have to purchase replacement brushes every 3 weeks or so, and new handles every 3-6 months, which means it’s not cost efficient or convenient. Even if you just want to buy it for novelty, I would think that the shipping costs and the wait would somewhat diminish the fun.
Personally, I think it would be less of a hassle to just go buy some floss because it doesn’t cost as much, doesn’t take as long to arrive and will actually fit between your teeth. Alternatively, get yourself a good water flosser like this one for good.
An alternative way to do flossing.