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Gaten Matarazzo’s Teeth: What Happened to the Stranger Things Cast's Teeth? Has He Undergone Any Surgery?

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Jun 3, 2022 @ 12:02 EDT
Gaten Matarazzo’s Teeth: What Happened to the Stranger Things Cast's Teeth? Has He Undergone Any Surgery?

Gaten Matarazzo, popularly known as Dustin in Netflix's Stranger Things, had unusual teeth since the series was initially released, especially his front teeth. And yes, it wasn't only for the show. Just like in the show, Gaten has cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD) in real life as well which is a hereditary condition that impairs the formation of all bones, particularly his teeth and collarbones. However, he has undergone surgery time & again and has normal teeth now. Follow the article to know more about Gaten Matarazzo's condition.

Gaten Matarazzo is an actor from the United States who is best known for his role as Dustin Henderson in the Netflix web series, Stranger Things. He began his career in the entertainment sector at a young age and has since played a variety of roles in theater and television series.

Despite his age, he has already performed in a number of prominent roles. As Benjamin and Gavroche, he made his Broadway debuts in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and Les Misérables, respectively. In addition, he is the host of the Netflix show Prank Encounters.

However, he has yet to appear in a feature film. Gaten Matarazzo has cleidocranial dysplasia (CDD), a rare condition that he has openly discussed on social media. He also revealed that he had been turned down for several acting roles over the previous two years due to his condition.

And now that Netflix has released the new season of the popular series, viewers are even more curious to know about Matarazzo. Similarly, as expected, fans seek information about his teeth. So, what actually happened to Gaten Matarazzo's teeth? Let's find it out.

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Gaten Matarazzo’s Teeth: The Stranger Things Cast Has Cleidocranial Dysplasia; Collarbones and Dentures!

Fans of the Netflix show may have observed that Dustin's front teeth appear to be missing. Bullies mock Justin's toothless look in the first episode, but he promptly responds, saying, his teeth are still growing in.  However, it turns out in real life as well. Yes, Gaten Matarazzo has cleidocranial dysplasia, a hereditary condition that impairs the formation of all bones, particularly his teeth and collarbones. CCD is extremely rare, affecting only one person in a million.

When you have cleidocranial dysplasia, you don't have a set of baby teeth that fall out and adult teeth that grow in. The Stranger Things star has had three tooth extraction surgeries and also wears an appliance, dentures, to manually pull his teeth down. In the next years, the condition requires even more procedures.

The actor is a source of inspiration for people with CCD and serves as an ambassador for CCD Smiles, an organization that promotes awareness and funds for persons with the illness. The majority of people are unaware that not all surgeries are covered by insurance. It's always a point of contention as to whether the surgery is cosmetic or medical, which is unreasonable.

Gaten Matarazzo (@gatenm123) uses social media to educate his fans on how they may donate to CCD Smiles and to promote upcoming events. His sister initiated a Facebook campaign to raise money for the group in November 2017.

CCD is undeniably a medical disease; describing it as a cosmetic is absurd because everyone requires teeth. Despite having suffered from such a terrible condition since birth, he was able to secure the most important role of his acting career, making him one of television's most famous faces.

The Duffer Brothers were so taken with Gaten Matarazzo's audition tape that they included his illness in the script. Cleidocranial dysplasia was the primary reason he wasn't getting any significant roles before being cast in Stranger Things. He would go to auditions three times a week all the time and would always get rejected. It's incredible that the kid kept applying for new roles despite receiving numerous rejections.

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