DIY Braces in a Coffee Shop

DIY Braces in a Coffee Shop

By his own admission, Ryan Weiss’s teeth “needed some work.” But braces and retainers -- especially the no-show Invisalign variety popular with adults -- are expensive, running more than $5,000. Ouch.

Then Weiss read a now-viral blog post that would change his outlook -- and his smile. The post, written in April 2016, outlined a way mere mortals can design and print their own invisible braces using a 3D printer, promising to help readers “save money, make yourself happier, and stick it to the dental appliance industry, all in one shot.”

When Weiss began a new job that gave him access to Fab@CIC's 3D printers, he began to build his own set of “Invisalign” retainers. Here's how he did it.