The last thing that most adolescents want to deal with is braces. But Japanese teens have embraced that awkwardness and turned it up to 11. Unfazed by anything like sense or practicality when it comes to accessories, Japanese kids have started wearing “LED smiles” out and about with their friends.
A riff on the concept of LED Throwies, the magnetic lightbright darts that started captivating graffiti artists a few years back, the LED teeth accessories are sold in Japan at a store called Laforet Harajuku. The braces were designed by Motoi Ishibashi and Daito Manabe. They attach to the teeth and change colors when the wearer smiles. The colors can also be changed remotely from a computer.