Sudiksha Singhal designed an orthodontic device, less than a centimeter in diameter, that could help prevent the pain caused by braces that poke and cut the inner cheeks and lips.
Singhal, who will be a junior this fall, was named as a finalist in the Entrepreneurship Independent Business Plan Event, and is among 15% of competitors who earned an international medallion for excellence as an overall finalist.
DECA, short for Distributive Education Clubs of America, is a career and technical student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs interested in careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.
Singhhal, 16, knows firsthand how painful or irritating braces can be. She has worn braces for four years, she said. “This is something that was a huge problem for me, because my mouth is a bit sensitive.”
“When you first get your braces, they really hurt,” she said. The protruding metal edges make cuts that “generally take up to two weeks to heal.” The discomfort is repeated with each adjustment.
She designed a tiny ring, which