Thanks to advances in dental care, braces are increasingly common, effective, and unobtrusive. One other thing they are increasingly? Expensive. For something that millions of people need, the price of braces is so high that many individuals simply decide to live with a crooked smile. College student Amos Dudley was one of those people who wasn’t about to shell out thousands of dollars to fix his teeth—but he didn’t decide to just give up. He did it himself. CNN Money shares the crazy-cool tale of how.