We all want to keep our pearly whites looking good, but when we fall victim to serious dental damage, it can sometimes take months (or more) to arrange a permanent repair.
Luckily there are some quick fixes available for temporary cosmetic teeth repair. Today we’re talking specifically about Temptooth, a popular DIY temporary tooth repair product.
Overview: Temptooth is a DIY tooth replacement kit, providing you with malleable material that can be customized and hardened into a temporary tooth.
Price: Approximately $30-$50 (prices vary), with enough material to make 10 temporary teeth. Available in select brick and mortar store and available for purchase from Amazon.
Who Should Use It? People who need a quick and temporary tooth replacement while arranging a more permanent solution with a dentist. Temptooth are great for temporary cosmetic teeth replacements, but are not functional (you can’t eat with them).
- Quality Material. Made of durable and safe top grade material that has been tested and approved independently by Intertek Labs, ensuring that it’s safe for oral use.
- Enough To Make 10 Teeth. The Temptooth kit comes with enough material to make up to 10 temporary cosmetic teeth.
- Comprehensive Instructions. Temptooth comes with detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to create your custom temporary tooth, so you won’t be left wondering what to do. Temptooth even provides a 3D animated video to visually demonstrate how to create your temporary tooth.
- Quick and Easy. You can create a temporary tooth in just a few minutes with Temptooth’s clear and easy instructions.
- Available From Amazon. Temptooth can be ordered from Amazon, which is quite convienent!
Pros: Creating temporary teeth with Temptooth is pretty easy. You don’t have to deal with mixing trays, alginates, adhesives, or dental cement, as some other temporary teeth products require.
Cons: Temptooth cannot be used to chew food and is not a permanent tooth replacement.
Why People Like Temptooth
It can cost +$1000 to get an implant or bridge, and while a missing tooth means you’ll likely have to get a permanent replacement eventually, many people can’t come up with such large sums of money on such short notice. Temptooth is an affordable option for emergency DIY tooth repair.
Fans note that you can get a really great temporary cosmetic teeth with Temptooth, but you may need to put a bit more effort into the shaping and forming beyond what the instructions suggest to get your perfect tooth.
How Temptooth Works
Note: This is a brief overview of how Temptooth works. Detailed instructions and explanation are included in the kit.
Temptooth provides you with a collection of “beads” that form the material of the temporary tooth. First you’ll put the beads in boiling water until they turn transparent (note: use a ladle to contain the beads, as they become difficult to see once they turn transparent in the hot water).
Next you’ll remove the beads from the water. They’ll be soft and malleable, allowing you to roll them into a round shape. You’ll then put the material where your missing tooth is form it to fit the gap.
Just run the tooth through cold water to set it. Some users also go through further steps to perfect their temporary tooth.
1. Fine Adjustments
Once your teeth is hard, you may still need to fine-tune and adjust it to fit in with your other teeth. Some suggest using a hand rotary drill with fine sandpaper to shorten the length and get off any excess thickness on the bottom or back of the tooth. You can use this technique in addition to the standard nail-clipper strategy.
Try not to mess too much with the back of the sides that need to fit in against and adhere to the other two teeth in your mouth.
2. Staining The Tooth
Your new tooth will actually look so white and bright, that it may look odd next to your normal teeth! To have your temporary tooth looking like your other teeth, stain it with tea (or coffee). Brew up a cup of black tea or coffee and leave your tooth in the tea to stain it to a more natural color. The amount of time you’ll need to leave your tooth in the tea depends on the color of your teeth – check every few hours. Some leave the tooth in overnight.
I also recommend watching this very helpful user YouTube video that takes you step-by-step through the Temptooth process.
- Have A Mirror Handy. Bring a mirror into the area where you’ll be forming your tooth, to prevent running back and forth to the bathroom.
- Work Quickly. Once you remove the beads from the liquid, you’ll only have 2-3 minutes to mold the tooth before it begins to harden, so work fast! The good news is that you can always reheat it to mold it more.
- Try Using Your Original Tooth. If you have the original tooth that fell out, you can try using it to help make a mold. Heat the Temptooth and mold it around the original tooth (leaving an area open to remove the original tooth). Pull out the original tooth and harden it. Next, make a second batch of Temptooth, and push the new material into the mold you just made, helping you form the temporary tooth you’ll be using. If you do this while the material is too hot, it could melt the mold, so let it cool slightly. Run the root of your new tooth under cold water, hardening it enough to grip when you pull the new tooth out of the mold you made.
This strategy gives you a nice temporary tooth to start with. Then you can fine tune, adjust, and stain it to your liking.
Note: This technique hasn’t been tested yet – it’s an idea a fellow Temptooth user came up with. So feel free to give it a try, although we don’t know the results yet! Luckily Temptooth gives you 200 beads, so you don’t need to worry about running out. Have fun and experiment!
Have you ever used Temptooth? What has been your experience with it? Share your thoughts in the comments!