Born-again meth-head Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett, played by Taryn Manning, is one of the most dangerous villains on Orange Is the New Black. Her opposition to protagonist Piper Chapman and friend Alex Vause creates an escalating tension throughout the entire first season, but may culminate in her getting a new set of attractive teeth.
Actress Taryn has a fine smile, which she has shown off in many roles, including parts in 8 Mile, Hustle & Flow, and numerous television shows. But to play Pennsatucky, she needed to show a smile that was damaged by the years of meth abuse that preceded her conversion.
The show uses makeup to darken her smile to create highly unattractive dark brown, rotten teeth. Taryn says the process is terrible, mostly because of the cotton balls they have to put in her mouth, but says it didn’t take long by the end of the first season.
However, Taryn did say that stripping her of her normally beautiful smile, as well as denying her makeup helped her embody the horrible character of Pennsatucky. She told AccessHollywood.com, “I just felt like, wow — I look terrible, you know what I mean? So I made a choice that very day that I’m taking this to the limit.”
After Piper takes credit for getting Pennsatucky sent to the mental hospital, Pennsatucky first tries to convert Piper, then vows to kill her. This vow culminates in a faceoff between the two outside the prison when most of the staff and inmates are engaged at the Christmas pageant, and the only authority, Piper’s counselor, Mr. Healy, has already turned a blind eye because Piper became his enemy.
After Pennsatucky stabs her, Piper jumps the meth-mouthed “angel,” and begins beating her senseless. In one of the early shots, we see blood and what looks like a tooth fly from Pennsatucky’s mouth. In an earlier scene, Piper had proposed giving Pennsatucky a Christmas present and her tablemates joked that what she really needed was new teeth, so it that what is going to happen?
Second season spoilers reveal that Taryn is returning to portray the actress in season 2, so we know the character isn’t dead. But can someone with meth mouth get new teeth?
Methamphetamine is a destructive drug to one’s teeth. The drug contains many harmful ingredients, which pass over the enamel of the teeth when smoking it. Methamphetamine suppresses saliva production, which makes the mouth more hospitable to bacteria. People who use meth experience a craving for sugary drinks, which give bacteria more food to convert to damaging acid. People who become addicted to meth may stop brushing their teeth, and many of them clench their teeth fiercely when under the influence of the stimulant.
Does all this prevent someone from getting a restored smile? Possibly not, with the wonders of modern cosmetic dentistry. For heavily damaged teeth with still-strong roots, it’s possible to place dental crowns that will give an entirely new surface. If the tooth root is compromised, the tooth can be removed and replaced with a dental implant, if the jawbone is still in good shape. If the jawbone is atrophied or damaged, a bone graft can build it up so it is strong enough to support an implant.
If you have damaged teeth and want to learn how modern dentistry can help you, please contact Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane and Spokane Valley today for an appointment.
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