College student 3D prints own braces, straightens teeth

College student 3D prints own braces, straightens teeth
Amos Dudley (not shown) could put orthadontists out of business. (Image: AdrianC via Shutterstock)

Amos Dudley wears his skills in his smile.

The digital design major has been straightening his top teeth for the past 16 weeks using clear braces he made himself.

“I’m still wearing the last one,” Dudley told CNNMoney on Tuesday.

“The last one” refers to the twelfth and final straightening tray in his self-designed treatment.

Dudley said he had braces when he was in junior high, but he didn’t wear his retainer as much as he should have, and his teeth shifted.

Over time, Dudley discovered that he wasn’t smiling as much because he wasn’t happy with the way his teeth looked.

Name brand options for clear braces can cost up to $8,000, according to companies like Invisalign, Damon, and ClearCorrect. But the 24-year-old wanted to save money, so he found a way to manufacture his own for less than $60.

Continue reading →


Commenting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

You may use HTML in your comments. Feel free to review the full list of allowed HTML here.