Dr. Nooshi Akavan of Akavan Orthodontics in Tarzana, CA recommends that her patients replace their toothbrush every 3 months either when there is noticeable wear, or when they have an illness, and what’s cooler than recycling your old toothbrush and making a toothbrush bracelet?
Here’s what you’ll need:
1. An old toothbrush
2. A pair of pliers
3. Vise grips
5. A pot big enough to accommodate your toothbrush
6. A parent!
Step 1: Take your old toothbrush and have your parent gently remove all of the bristles from the toothbrush with a pair of pliers. Support should be applied to the neck of the toothbrush to avoid breaking it.
Step 2: Once all of the bristles are removed from the toothbrush, have your parent boil it for an hour. Be patient, you get to wear it whenever you want. Let your parent do all the hard labor. And it has to boil for a whole hour so that when your parent starts the bending process the toothbrush doesn’t snap.
Step 3: Because the toothbrush is very hot, your parent needs to bend it using the tongs to hold the toothbrush in the middle, and vise grips to shape the toothbrush.
Step 4: To set the shape and cool the bracelet down, let it sit in a bowl of cold water.