Your Halloween costume persona needs teeth –fangs, broken down teeth, or ’missing’ teeth. If you’ve rented a costume they may supply the extras to do this. If not, you are on your own to figure how and what to do for teeth. Your choices range from do-it-yourself to custom made.
If you want to spend some money, your dentist and his lab can produce whatever you need. It will be pricey, but will last for years, be custom made to your mouth and use mouth safe materials. Basically, it will be a removable false front sitting against your teeth between your lips and your cheeks. ’Veneers’ in essence, held in place by mechanical undercuts and your facial muscles. Talking may be difficult and eating will not be possible unless you are substituting theatrical dentures for your own. It’s not really a good idea to try to eat with costume teeth anyway.
You could also order kits from the internet or visit your local costume or hobby shop. YouTube has DIY videos available as it does for nearly everything else.
Some of the DIY websites offer suggestions for using straws, plastic forks and other similar materials cut to shape and size. Care should be used not to injure yourself when inserting the costume teeth into your mouth. Anything inserted between your teeth will be uncomfortable the longer it stays in place.
One recommendation that has been made is to use nail glue to adhere the false teeth to your real ones. Do not do this! Nail glue is usually ethyl cyanoacylate (crazy glue) and is toxic in the mouth. Using it against your teeth may also damage your teeth when trying to remove the costume teeth. The surgical grade version, octyl cyanoacrylate, is far too expensive for a Halloween costume.
Use only denture adhesives, orthodontic waxes or form fitting costume teeth to keep them in place. If you have braces, consider talking to your orthodontist about how to safely and securely wear the costume teeth.
Other dental work – dentures, bridges, porcelain veneers, etc., may also be an issue when trying to wear costume teeth. You may need to consult your dentist.
Remember to stay safe when partying or trick- or- treating! Like a good boy scout be prepared:
- a costume with good visibility in the mask,
- a flashlight,
- trick- or -treat in a safe neighbourhood,
- examine your haul before eating any of it,
- and if you are an adult partying, drink responsibly!