Blacking out your teeth can be the perfect way to accentuate numerous costumes. There are many different methods that you can use to blackout your teeth. It is not only important that you choose the option that best fits your needs, but also that you choose one that is safe for use inside of your mouth.
What Look Are You Trying to Create?
The first thing that you want to consider is the reason that you want to blackout your teeth. The answer to this question will help you to determine a few important things. You will want to know the extent to which you want to blackout your teeth and the best option for reaching the results that you desire.
More than likely, you are dressing in costume for Halloween or, possibly, a type of acting role. Your reason for wanting to blackout your teeth will help you with some decisions that you have to make:
- The number of teeth that you want to blackout
- Do you want your teeth completely blacked out, or do you want them to look as if they are rotting, but still intact?
- How long do you need the blackout to last?
Once you have a clearer idea about what you are looking for, you can begin to narrow down your options.
What Products Can Be Used To Blackout Your Teeth?
There are a multitude of different products that can be used to blacken your teeth artifically.
Black Liquid Paint
Participating in an event like a Zombie party that calls for blackout teeth can be a lot of fun. One of the easiest ways of achieving that look is by painting the color black directly onto your teeth. However, you want to be sure that you choose both a product and a method that are safe and appropriate for use inside of your mouth.
Black Tooth Wax
These types of products are easy to apply and safe.
Black Tooth Enamel
More than likely, you will want something that provides full coverage for an extended period of time. One of the most effective ways to blackout your teeth is by using a liquid paint-on tooth color. This is often referred to as black tooth enamel.
Black tooth enamel is an excellent option. It can be painted right on the tooth or teeth that you wish to cover. The results come out very dark and usually last for several hours after application.
How To Apply Black Tooth Enamel:
1. Completely Dry Teeth
Be sure to completely dry off your teeth before applying the paint. This will help the paint to adhere to your teeth as best as possible. It may be more difficult to keep your bottom teeth dry due to a buildup of saliva. You can try placing a small piece of paper towel inside your lower lip to absorb the excess moisture until you are finished.
Hold your mouth open as wide as possible, pulling your lips away from your teeth, and keep your teeth free from saliva until the paint has dried completely.
2. Apply a Second Coat If Needed
While one coat of paint is usually sufficient, you might desire a second coat for darkness or extra coverage. Make sure that the first coat is completely dry before you apply the second coat.
If you are using the paint to create a design, such as blacking out sections to create the illusion of vampire’s teeth, you may find it easier to use a brush that has a finer tip.
3. Avoid Eating and Drinking
For the longest lasting results, avoid eating foods that require you to bite down with the teeth that are covered with the blackout paint.
*It is not recommended that you use this product on veneers or crowns.
Always read the instructions in their entirety before using any product. This will help to ensure that you are using it properly and safely. This product can be safely removed from your teeth by thoroughly brushing them or by using alcohol.
If you do not have access to black tooth enamel, you can use black liquid eyeliner to blackout your teeth. However, you want to be absolutely sure that the eyeliner is non-toxic. The eyeliner should be waterproof as well so that it will be as resistant to saliva as possible. You will also need a cloth for drying, a blow dryer, and Vaseline.
1. Dry Off Teeth
The first step is to take the cloth and thoroughly dry off the teeth that you will be painting on. The dryer that they are, the better the eyeliner will adhere to them. Once you remove the saliva, you will need to keep your mouth open in order to keep your teeth dry.
2. Paint Your Teeth
Next, take the eyeliner brush and paint the teeth that you wish to blackout. Make sure that your lips do not touch them. You may have to use the cloth to dab around your teeth to keep them dry.
3. Cool Set Your Color
When your teeth are the color that you want, use the ‘cool’ setting on your blow dryer to dry your teeth. Anywhere from 30 to 60 seconds should be sufficient. Lastly, lightly coat your blackout teeth with Vaseline. This will help to seal the eyeliner.
If you choose to use this method, you will want to avoid eating or drinking anything until you no longer need your blackout teeth. When you are ready to remove the eyeliner, take a damp paper towel or cloth and wipe your teeth. Be sure to brush them afterward so that you get rid of any leftover residue.
Making A Blackout Adhesive
Another option you have is to make your own blackout adhesive. For this process, you will need the following supplies:
1. Pick Up Some of The Paste
Get enough of the non-toxic paste wax to cover the teeth that you want to blackout, and massage it between your fingers to soften it up. Add a pinch of gum paste. This will make the wax even softer. Do this until it is pliable enough to mold around your teeth.
2. Dry Your Teeth
Next, you want to dry the teeth that you are going to cover. Open your mouth as wide as you can, and use the cloth to wipe off your teeth. Remove as much of the saliva as possible.
Before you apply the wax, coat your teeth with a thin layer of temporary dental adhesive. This will help to prevent the wax from slipping off. Make sure that you keep your teeth exposed and do not let your lips touch the adhesive.
3. Adhere Paste To Your Teeth
Lastly, place a small amount of the wax over your teeth and the adhesive. Smash the wax down and all around your teeth, covering them entirely. For extra coverage, you can extend the wax over the edge of your teeth and to the back. Allow the temporary dental adhesive to dry for at least 5 minutes. `
While this method of creating blackout teeth is doable and sufficient, there are a few things that you may want to consider before going with this option:
- The black paste wax is a lighter shade of black and may not be exactly what you are looking for.
- You will want to avoid eating throughout the duration of wear in order to avoid knocking the wax off of your teeth. Even with the adhesive, it is still a possibility.
How To Make Zombie Teeth
Perhaps you do not want to blackout your teeth entirely. For example, zombie’s teeth appear blackened and dingy, as if they are rotting. But, they are still intact.
Mouthwash and Food Coloring Technique
It is actually very easy to get this look. You only need two things: mouthwash and black food coloring. Simply mix the two ingredients and then swish it around in your mouth for at least one minute. Then spit it out.
You should be left with a mouth full of blackness. If it does not turn out as dark as you would like it the first time, you can rinse with the solution until you reach your desired color. You can then take a damp cloth and blend or wipe off the color in various areas for extra detail and personalization.
Some things to consider with this teeth coloring option are:
- You will have to limit want you eat or drink, as the coloring may easily wash off.
- If you have dentures, or if your teeth are easily susceptible to staining, you may have a difficult time removing the food coloring from your teeth.
Unsafe Options To Avoid
While there are several options for blacking out your teeth, not every one of them are going to be safe. The list of blackout methods below have been used and/or suggestion, but they are potentially harmful.
1. A Permanent Marker
Using a permanent marker, or a Sharpie, is often the first technique to be recommended. It is easy to apply, creates a dark color on the teeth, and most people have one on hand. However, the chemicals used in permanent markers are not safe for consumption and should never be used inside of your mouth.
2. Shoe Polish
The process of using shoe polish to blackout teeth began many years ago when there were very few options available. However, it is still recommended for use. Shoe polish contains toxic chemicals that should not be consumed.
3. Nail Polish
This is another item that is chosen because of its ease of access. Most nail polishes contain toxic chemicals. You should never place anything that is toxic in your mouth.
Once you have decided which method will work best for you, you are ready to get to work! The techniques provided are safe for use inside of your mouth. Whether you are getting ready for a Halloween party, preparing for a production, or just having some fun, you will have flawless blackout teeth for your costume.