I had a serious thing for vampire fangs back in the day. It didn’t matter if I was costumed as a clown, superhero or rock star; I had to accessories with a pair of plastic vampire fangs. Halloween just wasn’t Halloween without a set of ferocious pointy teeth.
Sadly, they were really gross to wear. Your saliva would pool into the mold and you’d constantly be sucking on them in your mouth so you didn’t drool all over yourself. Not only did they not fit well, they also weren’t designed to be chewed on so they’d start to look ratty after a few days.
As the years have past I have become quite lazy at Halloween. I joke that my costume has now become a new outfit, purchased at the mall as a treat for myself during October. This so called costume doesn’t quite cut if for friends and Halloween enthusiasts, so I started shopping for something I can add to my “costume” to jazz it up, adding an appropriate dash of ghoulishness to the ensemble.
Custom Vampire Fangs
Enter custom vampire fangs. WHY I’m only discovering these things now I don’t know. Stores should be stocking up on these babies and selling them like hotcakes, but they’re not (at least where I live). You have to order them online, but that’s okay. It makes them more unique if not everyone has a set.
When shopping for fangs you have to consider where and how you plan to wear them. They come in various lengths and colors at vampfangs.com. I chose a combo pack of Subtle Fangs featuring small and natural length fangs. They’re apparently more comfortable to wear than the longer saber variety, which I imagine will only work if you’re cool standing around with your mouth agape.
Everything you need to create these custom fangs comes right in the box (which is so cool…it’s a coffin). You get a set of teeth caps, interior customizing mold material, a mixing vessel and a stir stick.
In a nutshell you mix the mold powder (contained in the capsules) with a special liquid, put ALL the mixture inside the hollow tooth cap, put the vampire fang over your canine and leave it in your mouth for the molding material to set (15-20 minutes).
Once the material has cured ( it takes 24 hours after you’ve taken it off) the fang will fit over your tooth and stay there comfortably until you pull it off. You can use the fang again and again. They’re awesome and don’t distort your speech.
I had a few mishaps along the way. First I spilled the molding powder all over the counter (see above). I carefully poured it into the mixing container provided but then accidentally knocked it over making a mess. Strike one.
Strike two occurred when I dropped one of my longer fangs down the drain. Noooooo!!!! I was practicing getting it into place on my tooth before I scooped in the molding material (as per the directions) but I lost hold of it and it went into the sink, directly down the drain. I enlisted my unhappy boyfriend to fish it out for me when he got home but it was nowhere to be seen.
I still have one long tooth left to review though and I was extra careful with the short set so they’re still in the game. Here is a side by side comparison of the two different size fangs in my mouth. (see above)
What I discovered is that the natural (i.e. medium length) fangs aren’t as comfortable to wear as the subtle short set. It’s hard to close your mouth with the natural ones, while the short version feels like I could forget they’re there. The medium (“natural”) length ones are definitely more dramatic and attention getting but I think they’re better for short time usage and photographs.
I also found the medium length fangs slightly big for my teeth. You can still achieve a comfortable fit though; the molding material is magic. I appreciate that these somehow still work if your teeth are slightly crooked too (within reason of course). To get a great fit you have to play around with them for a bit, learning how to position them over your tooth properly so when the molding material is inside you can get them into place easily.
Another thing I noticed is that the fangs are a more yellow color compared to my natural teeth. I whitened my teeth a year or so ago, so maybe these are designed to work best for people who haven’t. Still, no big deal, it only shows when you’re up close.
I’m really glad I didn’t drop the short set down the drain because they turned out to be my favorite! I think people write them off when they’re looking on the vampfang website because they think they’ll look too natural, but that’s not the case at all. It definitely looks like you have noticeable fangs and they’re a lot easier to wear for long periods of time.
This was the easiest costume I’ve ever put together. My makeup took me about 20 minutes, then I popped on my fangs and was Halloween ready! Money well spent if you ask me.
Want your own set of ghoulish incisors? Here’s where I purchased mine! I paid $26.95 plus shipping. You should sign up for their mailing list because they frequently have sales.