Top tips for haunting Halloween teeth
Characters with teeth-chattering smiles
If you’re looking to recreate some really scary dental looks this Halloween, here are a few familiar characters that will give you some horrifying dental inspiration...
- Dracula: The classic vampire fangs! Find some scary fake fangs to complete your look
- Beetlejuice: Recreate this ghoulish ghost’s rotting gnashers for a really scary grin
- Wicked Witch: Witches are notorious for missing teeth. Why not try blacking out a tooth or two for this costume?
- Skeleton: A spooky smile really finishes off this eerie appearance
- Zombie: The zombie look is all about the make-up, get this right and you’ll showcase a truly gruesome character
Skeleton make-up tutorial by Louisa Mua
For a spooky, skeleton make-over – see make-up artist Louisa Mua’s tutorial below!
Black out your teeth safely
A favourite for Halloween costuming is that faithful little trick of blacking out a tooth to make it appear as though it’s missing. You need to be incredibly careful when choosing the makeup you use to achieve this effect.
For blacked-out teeth, you must only use makeup designed for use inside your mouth, which often comes in the form of dental wax, which can be easily removed. However, even when using wax, be careful if you’re eating or drinking, you don’t want to accidentally swallow it – wax and sweets really don’t mix! If you’ve got any questions about what may be safe to use for you and/or your children when dressing up this year – simply ask your dentist.
Don’t let your Halloween treats become a dental nightmare!
Whilst it might be tempting to ration trick-or-treating sweets throughout the day, this can be really damaging to teeth as it doesn’t allow the sugar levels on your enamel to drop and therefore results in constant exposure to sugar throughout the day and can lead to tooth decay. Instead, allow yourself or your children a specific sweet indulgence time – after meals is best as you produce more saliva, which helps to rinse away the sugar. If you can, always drink plenty of water as this can also help to minimise some of the harmful effects from sugar.
For further information and advice, contact your local dentist.