[Q] I want my fangs to be (really subtle)/(noticeable but not obvious)/(dramatic, but not uncomfortable)/(etc.) What length should I choose?
[A] Well, my basic rule of thumb when it comes to length is...
Short = <40% length increase;
Medium = 40% - 80% length increase; and
Long = >80% length increase
So for example, if your canines are about 10 millimeters long from the gum to the tip, than a short pair if fangs will be around 12 - 14mm, a medium set would be around 15-17mm, and a long set would be 18+mm long (or roughly double the length of your natural tooth). Now this is a very general guideline that I use; some people have short teeth, others have a receding gumline, so I try to compensate for these things by using my experience and artistry.
[Q] What do you use/how do you make the fangs?
[A] Well, if you come in person, the process is as follows: first make a negative mold with dental alginate, which I then fill with orthodontic stone to make a positive cast. After which I make the fangs with dental acrylic onto the positive cast, which will ensure that they fit to your mouth (and if they don't I can use a drop or two of acrylic on the inside of the fang to safely refit them) After that I shave them down into the vague shape of a fang, have you try them on, then I'll go from there, being always concerned with making your fangs to your exact preferences. When doing mail order, I mainly follow the same process, except using the dental cast, rather than the clients actual mouth.
[Q] Do you do mail order and if so, how long does it take?
[A] Yes, I currently offer fangs by mail order, although I always prefer working with the person being physically there to ensure the highest quality and realism. As for the time frame, I can usually manage to ship out a set of fangs within one week of receiving the cast. Particularly complicated sets may of course take longer, and of course a large workload (such as what I have approaching Halloween), will delay things quite a bit. I normally ship by priority mail, so they usually get to anywhere in the US within 3 days of when I ship them.
[Q] How long does it take to make a pair of teeth in person?
[A] Well it takes about an hour to produce the positive cast. After that it takes up to an hour and a half per pair,
[Q] You have a lot of interesting sets on your site, do you do original/custom designs?
[A] Yes, I can make Just about anything you can imagine. I've paid a lot of attention to fang styles in movies and such, and I can make any style from any movie so long as the effect is just in the teeth, because a lot have whole mouthpieces that cover the gums, too. I'm also open to discussing unique customer creations.
[Q] My fangs broke, got damaged, or something completely out of the ordinary happened to them. Is there a Warranty or something?
[A] All my fangs come with lifetime repairs, so if one ever chips or breaks, just send or bring the broken pieces to me and I'll repair them free of charge.
[Q] That free repair for life policy seems like a pretty good deal, are there any conditions I should know about?
[A] Just a few. First, try to save as many of the pieces as you can, especially the point. Repairing a fang is far easier than making a new one from scratch. Second, when you send the fang back for repairs, be sure to include the dental cast and the rest of the set; I'll need to make sure that the repaired fang still matches the opposite side and fits with the rest of the set. Third, don't be rude, this policy is mostly just to be nice to my customers. I like being nice, I don't like feeling forced to exercise my right to refuse service because someone was rude.
[Q] Do you do color matching?
[A] Yes, I do. I use the highest quality dental acrylic in the full line of shades.
[Q] If the color is slightly off, is there any way I can get them to match my natural tooth shade?
[A] Well it should be noted that in most cases I can match within 1 or 2 shades of your natural tooth color (a difference that small would only be noticeable upon very close inspection under bright light). But when in doubt, I'll use the next lightest shade so that you can darken them to match your natural teeth. You can soak them in coffee, tea, or soda for a couple minutes at a time until they're perfect, or just wear them while you drink whatever you normally drink that might stain your teeth (or if you're a heavy smoker and your teeth are stained by that, you can smoke while wearing them). One last thing I want to note here, is that your natural teeth change a few shades here and there depending on changes in your lifestyle (e.g. brush teeth more/less, change toothpaste, start drinking another brand of soda/coffee, quit smoking, etc.) so even if I did match the fangs exactly to your tooth shade, it's likely they'd only stay perfectly matched for a few weeks/months, after which your teeth will probably have changed color, if only slightly. Which is why I recommend wearing them frequently which tends to keep them closer to your natural tooth shade being as they tend to get stained the exact same color as your natural teeth the longer you wear them.
[Q] How do I care for my fangs?
[A] I recommend keeping them in a contact lens case or small vial. I do want to point out that occasionally I've had people break their fangs by putting too much pressure on the fangs while trying to close the contact lens case. Keep in mind that you're fangs are weakest outside of your mouth, so be gentle when you close the case. Keep your fangs in water, as they tend to become more brittle if they dry out. You can brush them with regular toothpaste to clean them, try to be gentle when cleaning and try to get both inside and outside of the fangs. A short list of things that can harm/stain your fangs: coffee, tea, soda, whitening toothpaste, peroxide (I've heard it actually reacts with the acrylic and turns it orange), fake blood, real blood, cigarettes, and pretty much anything else that might effect your natural teeth will probably effect your fangs. You can clean heavy stains with a regular denture cleaner, but DO NOT do this more often then is necessary, because the denture cleaner will make the acrylic porous, and thus more likely to break.
[Q] Can I eat with my fangs in?
[A] In theory, yes; in theory you can also shave your genitals with a blowtorch. What those things have in common is that both are very bad ideas. I can't stress enough how much you should not try to eat with your fangs in. Consuming liquids is fine, but please don't eat anything that requires you to chew while wearing your fangs. The way the human mouth moves while chewing tends to knock the fangs lose and with a mouth full of food, you may not realize they've come out until you bite down on them and break them, or until you end up swallowing them.
[Q] How much do you charge for shipping when doing fangs by mail order?
[A] My policy is that if you pay for shipping to me, then I'll pay for shipping back to you. So you only need to include the price of the fangs themselves with your cast. However, if you need me to put a particular rush on things, I'm willing to overnight them to you, but that will come with additional cost.