Tired of those flimsy plastic vampire teeth? Who isn't?

This Halloween, ghoulish creatures of the night have another option, one that will benefit little goblins, too.

Anyone 18 years of age and older can get custom vampire teeth hand-made by Dr. Nicholas Pruett of Broadmoor Dental, who is doing an unusual fundraiser on Halloween to benefit Helen Hunt Elementary School.

"It's an opportunity to take a bite out of an education problem and sink your teeth into an issue," Pruett quips.

In exchange for bringing two new or gently used books for students ages kindergarten through fifth grade to his office Saturday morning, Pruett will fashion temporary vampire teeth out of a composite material typically used to fill cavities.

"It's a pretty neat idea," said Brandon Bader, a student at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He's in town for his grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary and stopped in the dentist's office Wednesday to get his fangs on.

Helen Hunt Principal Nate Hansen couldn't wait to get back to school Wednesday as he flashed his vampire teeth.

"The kids are going to love this," he said.

The procedure takes three to five minutes and doesn't hurt.

"No pain," Hansen confirmed.

The temporary teeth slip off and on, Pruett said, and won't work for biting necks but are great for enhancing costumes or just impressing people,

Pruett said he's made vampire teeth in the past for patients and this year decided to open it to the community and turn it into a benefit for Helen Hunt, where his fiancee works.

Most students who attend Helen Hunt, in Colorado Springs School District 11, come from low-income families, and many cannot afford to buy books.

"This school definitely needs all the support it can get," Pruett said.

Hansen said the school's lending library has some bare shelves and could use some donations.

"We have a lot of good things going on at our school, and the library is one that provides more options for kids, parents and grandparents," he said. "It's really gratifying Broadmoor Dental is helping us out and our kids will get some new resources."


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