The current popularity of supernatural fantasy films has sparked a bizarre trend in cosmetic dentistry; vampire fangs. If you want to get the look, there are three potential techniques that could give more bite to your gothic look permanently. Read on to find out more.
Dental bonding is a quick and relatively cheap way to get those trendy pointy fangs. Your dentist will first file your teeth slightly to shape them. Tooth-coloured dental resin is then moulded to your teeth to form the pointed fang shape, before being set in place using a special dental light.
The whole look can be achieved in just one visit and the results are pretty permanent. One downside of this technique is that the bonds are not easy to remove without causing damage to the natural tooth beneath, especially if you've had your teeth filed first.
Porcelain veneers are the most expensive option if you want permanent vampire fangs. Veneers are made from highly-durable, ceramic material that can be coloured to match your natural teeth.
Veneers are applied to the teeth using the same principle as false finger nails. Dental cement is used to fix the veneers over the surface of your teeth. The cement is then hardened using a dental light, and the veneers are regarded as permanent.
You'll need two visits to your cosmetic dentist to have your veneers fitted. The first visit allows the dentist to remove a small sliver of the enamel from your teeth to allow room for the veneer. A mould is then taken of your teeth, and it is then sent off to a laboratory where the veneers are made. A second consultation sees the veneers fitted to your teeth.
Vampire fangs can also be created using dental crowns. Crowns are formed from the same material as veneers but are fitted around the whole tooth, rather than just over the front. If you have very small or damaged teeth, your dentist might recommend this method as it makes more extensive re-shaping possible.
Like veneers, dental crowns require two visits to the dentist. The first visit allows the dentist to create a mould of your teeth, which is then sent away for the crowns to be made. The second visit is when you have your new fangs fitted. Dental crowns are permanent.
Although all the aforementioned methods of creating permanent vampire fangs are very effective and are cared for in the same way as you care for your natural teeth, you might want to think very carefully about whether you're going to want this look for the rest of your life. Have a chat with your dentist for more advice about getting permanent vampire fangs.