College Student Made His Own Braces For $60, And His Teeth Look Fantastic

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By Kimberly Yam, The Huffington Post

 

🎓 Believe it or not, a college student 3D-printed his own braces for $60! Read below to learn more about this possible game-changer for the dental field. – The Oral Surgery DC Team

This student can confidently grin from ear to ear — and it’s not because of a good orthodontist.

Amos Dudley, a 24-year-old digital design major at New Jersey Institute of Technology, felt self-conscious about his teeth. But being a student, Dudley didn’t have the funds to get braces.

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Dudley’s teeth before wearing his DIY braces. 

So, he decided to 3-D print his own and documented the DIY project in a recent blog post. His braces totaled less than $60, and after wearing them for about 16 weeks, his teeth are also significantly straighter.

“I feel like I can freely smile again,” Dudley wrote on his blog after creating his own DIY braces. “That’s what’s most important.”

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Dudley’s teeth, as a result of his own 3-D printed braces. 

Dudley had braces back in high school but explained to BuzzFeed News that he failed to upkeep them. He mentioned on his blog that he avoided smiling for a while because he was unhappy with his teeth.

“They weren’t awful, but they were crooked enough to make me self-conscious,” he explained on the blog. 

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Dudley’s own braces. 

However, clear-aligners, or clear braces like Invisalign can get pricey, costing up to $8,000. But after studying some images of these expensive clear braces, something dawned on him — they looked like they had the layer striations that come from a 3-D printer.

So he decided to hit up his school’s 3-D printing equipment and scanned and printed models of his teeth, CNN Money reported. He then molded non-toxic plastic molds around them to make 12 sets of braces. He used animation to help figure out the adjustments in each set of braces — a process that many orthodontists use.

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Dudley, the student himself. 

“I planned the path my teeth would take as a 3-D animation, so that they wouldn’t collide with each other along the path,” he told The Huffington Post in an email. “I used each frame of the animation as an aligner step. I determined the number of steps (frames) I needed by looking up the maximum distance a tooth can be safely moved within a given period of time.”

The student told CNN Money earlier this week that he’s still wearing the last set.

Dudley, who does not recommend attempting any of this at home, told HuffPost that he didn’t consult an orthodontist for his project. But the student did get information from journal articles and textbooks. And though this was a financially friendly alternative to buying braces, he told BuzzFeed that he didn’t undertake the project just to save money — he was also up for the challenge.

“When I realized that I could do something that was a little bit culturally disruptive, while demonstrating my skills as a designer and a maker, and fixing something that was making me self-conscious for virtually free, I felt it was more than worth the risk,” he said.

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Review: “Everyone at this office was polite and professional”

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E-Cigarette Explosions Causing Serious Mouth Injuries

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Electronic cigarettes (E-cigarettes) are sold under some 450 brands and come in more than 7,600 flavors. The vaporizing (“vaping”) device that delivers nicotine through E-cigarettes includes a heating element and a cartridge that holds the vapor solution, a mixture of nicotine, flavorings and other additives.  The device’s power source is usually a lithium-ion battery triggered a button.

🚬  Read here about the damage that e-ciggs can cause here: http://buff.ly/2cV7ZNV

Busboys & Poets: Coming Soon to Anacostia

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We’re thrilled to hear that another restaurant is opening up in our neighborhood!

Read about the groundbreaking ceremony and plans for Busboys and Poets Anacostia here ➤ http://dcist.com/2016/10/busboys_anacostia_groundbreaking.php

Foods You Can Eat With Braces

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Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It’s important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment. Eating with Braces Don’t worry; you’ll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time!

🍌 However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.We know you hear a lot about what you can’t eat, so how about a nice list of foods you can still enjoy when you have braces?

Check out our handy list from our sister office, Woodview Oral Surgery, in Largo, MD: http://buff.ly/2cSPWov

Dental Sealants Decrease Risk of Tooth Decay

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Although tooth decay is largely preventable, it remains the most common chronic disease of children aged 6 to 11 years (21 percent), and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years (58 percent), based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) report of 2011-2012.

The systematic literature review evaluated the use and effectiveness of dental sealants – a therapy that has been around for more than five decades – as a preventive strategy for reducing dental disease in children, analyzing outcomes such as caries incidence, sealant retention and possible adverse effects. Read more from the ADA here ➤ http://buff.ly/2cV8F5W

Happy Labor Day!

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[VIDEO] Curious to learn more about the history of Labor Day? Check out this video by the History Channel! ➤ http://buff.ly/2c7xCtt

Review: “It’s about time premium dental care comes to SE”

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“I have to say that it is about time that premium dental care comes to Southeast. I had my extraction of 4 wisdoms done at once and all my questions were answered and when I was still unsure, I was seen the next day. Now it is wonderful to see women in this position give us a gentle hand when needed. Will recommend to everyone.”

– Tonya M.

Why You Need to Brush Your Teeth Before Bedtime

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🔹 Do we really have to brush our teeth twice a day?

The question: Just how gross is it really if I forget to brush my teeth before bed every once in a while?

The answer: Bad news: It’s pretty gross. You probably already know that the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing those pearly whites twice a day. You also probably know that brushing your teeth is one of the easiest ways to avoid scaring off your date. Read more…http://buff.ly/29IDuL2