Toothy Trend Taking a Bite Out of Wallets
CORNELIUS, N.C. - The latest movie in the Twilight series has made nearly $196 million in a little more than a week. Audiences are eating up the romance, special effects and really sinking their teeth into the teeth!
Lake Norman area dentist Dr. Martin White says, "I guess we should be anticipating it somewhat!” White says so far, none of his patients have requested Edward Cullen's cuspids, but it's just a matter of time. In Philly and Texas, teens are already biting into this new trend. And it's not cheap. For those ferocious fangs, White says it'll cost anywhere from $200 for a custom fit removable tray to about $1,000 a tooth for vampire veneers. He says the expensive veneers just aren't practical. "If you have something that's too long, you're gonna knock it off, you're teeth will naturally [knock it off] while you're chewing."
12-year-old Huntersville resident Emma Cunningham is a Twi-hard, but thinks costly vampire veneers are taking the phenomenon a little too far and can't imagine bleeding her parents' bank account dry. "They would probably think I was crazy,” Cunningham.
For Emma and her mortal pals, braces - not blood sucking - are priority number one. Cornelius resident Carson Light says, "I think that would be very uncomfortable to have them in there, walking around with fangs hanging out." "It's a little weird, I wouldn't want fangs, it would hurt if you bite down maybe." Besides a bite that bites, there's one more sticky point: Dr. White says permanent vampire veneers also pose a bit of an ethical issue. If you're grinding someones tooth down purely for a fad, you can't go back and put tooth structure back on somebody."
There's a third option to get that toothy grin: bonding. That's when the same resin used to fill cavities is applied to the tip of your real teeth to build up the point. White says that'll cost about $500.