FAQ

Knockoffs

The only other place you can purchase an FTM Brace is in the Better Mask High Filtration System which features a brace paired with 30 Armbrust USA Surgical Masks. These are available on the Armbrust USA site and via the Armbrust Store on Amazon.

Any stand-alone braces on Amazon, ebay, or other re-seller site is a knockoff. Knockoffs are dangerous - we've ordered a bunch to try them out. None of them passed fit testing. None seeem to be made with skin-safe silicone. Some of the ones we've ordered even fell apart as soon as we tried to put them on. Order these at your own risk.


International Shipping

We currently ship to the US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Continental Europe, and Japan.
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Essential Mask Brace

A quarter is 24.26mm in diameter.
UK: A 10p coin is 24.55mm in diameter.
Europe: The Euro 50 cent coin is 24.25mm in diameter.
Australia: The $1 Australian coin 31.5mm in diameter.
The size is listed in the center of each headstrap!













Many of our customers pair the FTM Mask Brace with a KN95, and hundreds have passed quantitative fit testing pairing them. The KN95 mask style also has the benefit of keeping the mask away from your mouth. That said, the CDC says that 60% of KN95s are counterfeit. KN95s are also not as breathable as surgical masks, so depending on the quality of your KN95 you may experience discomfort.
Let us know how you like your brace here!


DIY Mask Brace

The best tip for eliminating nose leakage with the DIY design is to have the edge of the seal make as vertical a line as possible against the nose. See images below. Note the nose gap shadow in the image on the left versus the image on the right.



That said, in some cases, we found that nose cushions were required to completely eliminate the nose leakage. This can be in the form of paper towels, cotton balls, etc.



The nose cushions do look a little silly, so we've also worked hard to update the design to something more comfortable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. We're now pleased to offer the Essential Mask Brace! Check it out in the "Shop" tab.


More on masks

Check out our blog post on this topic here!
We, too, are environmentally conscious and aren't huge fans of the impact that disposable masks are having on the environment.

That said, unfortunately we have not found a consistently well filtering reusable mask yet. Another big part of why melt blown fabric is better than cloth is due to its electrostatic charge, which is something that is added during the manufacturing process. Once washed, the charge dissipates and it can reduce the efficacy of the mask substantially. We've looked into the research of how to recharge masks, but unfortunately we haven't found any ways to do so reliably. Rest assured that we are scouring the latest journals and technology posts for any inclination of new technology, and we will inform our community as soon as we find anything promising.
The FDA states that "surgical masks are not intended to be used more than once. If your mask is damaged or soiled, or if breathing through the mask becomes difficult, you should remove the face mask, discard it safely, and replace it with a new one."