When I was in the 4th grade, “toothbrush bracelets” were all the rage. And now that I’m a dental student, I can once again appreciate this DIY fad. Want to give it a try? Here’s how you do it!
Step 1: Buy a cheap tooth brush from the drug store that has a thin, see-through plastic handle in a color you like. I always liked using ones with cartoon characters (like the Rugrats) on the handle for decoration
Step 2: Gather the following supplies:
Pot ½ filled with water
Dishtowel or washcloth
Bowl of ice water
Step 3: Put pot of water on the stove to start boiling
Step 4: Yank out all the toothbrush bristles with pliers or tweezers
Step 5: Once water has started boiling, place toothbrush (sans bristles) into the boiling water for ~6mins
Step 6: Remove toothbrush from water with tongs and place on countertop or the towel. You can turn off the stove now.
Step 7: In about 1 min (plastic should still be soft), CAREFULLY pick up toothbrush with the towel and bend it into a circular shape, leaving a small opening to fit your wrist through
Step 8: Submerge the bangle in the ice water for 5 mins or until fully cooled
You are now ready to proudly flaunt your future profession with your toothbrush bangle!
(if it doesn’t fit right, just repeat steps 5-8)
~Ashley N Phares, Connecticut ’13, contributing editor