Most days, they devote themselves to the health of America's teeth. But at Halloween, your dentist is just as likely to be creating vampires.
In the world of dentistry, there is an otherworld of fang makers."Two gruesome-looking teeth," was Washington attorney Keith Waters' description of the canines his dentist, Dr. Daniel Reardon, made for him last Halloween. "They were quite effective."
"Every dentist knows how to do it," said Reardon. "It's the opposite of aesthetic dentistry."
Reardon built Waters' fangs onto his regular teeth, which meant Waters had to swing by the dentist's office to have them removed the day after a Halloween party.
Some people prefer reusable fangs, so dental labs are equipped to make a variety of vampire dentures that fit perfectly over normal teeth and can be easily inserted and removed.
Jonathan Holder, who runs Dentures Plus Dental Laboratory in Silver Spring, Md., said he gets four or five orders a year.
His former boss, Jeff Michaels, owner of Restor-a-dent Dental Laboratory in New York City, said he typically gets about 100.
The fangs are made from an acrylic resin and cost from $70 to more than $1,000.