Netflix Loves Teeth-Part 1

Dr. Nate back at the blog.  For those keeping tabs, it has been a while since we last posted an entry.  And, to get comfortable with writing again I am going to start off with a topic that has gained considerable attention recently through the pop media. 

I assume most everyone has heard of, if not seen, the Netflix show Stranger Things.  There are NO spoilers ahead I promise...

One of the main characters is a young boy named Dustin, played by Gaten Matarazzo.  He is quite an actor, and his character is very funny and sweet.  Gaten has a genetic condition called Cleidocranial Dysplasia, and the show has incorporated his real-life condition to Dustin.  In fact, now that the show has made its way through 2 seasons (roughly 20 episodes), the writers have referenced Gaten’s condition multiple times. 

So, what exactly is Cleidocranial Dysplasia?  It is a genetic condition that affects mostly the development of bones and teeth.  As we are Orthodontists, I am going to focus on the teeth.  The condition most often leads to an absence of permanent teeth, as well as slow eruption of the permanent teeth that are present.  It is definitely a condition that requires meticulous planning and collaboration between the General Dentist and Orthodontist to ensure the patient has both an amazing smile but also a functional bite that will last a lifetime. 

Now the great thing about Stranger Things is that they have discussed Gaten/Dustin’s condition in a way that has empowered other kids with Cleidocranial Dysplasia. To check for yourself, Google Dustin’s name with Stranger Things. You will find many articles that talk about how Gaten has helped other kids be more open about their condition!

In our practice we have been honored to take care of kids with Cleidocranial Dysplasia, as well as other Craniofacial conditions.  Being able to help these kids to smile confidently is a tremendous privilege!

Lastly, there is actually one other connection with Orthodontics and Stranger Things, but that will have to wait until next week...

It's good to be back!

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