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Love your smile: Lovebite


Smile and the world smiles with you, so the adage goes. Luckily when it comes to smiles, Cantabrians have internationally renowned clinical dental technician Richard Greenlees to help them beam again.

 

 

From his Lovebite studio in central Christchurch, Richard specialises in creating natural-looking dentures, specifically shaped to enhance each client’s face.

Small nuances in the fabrication, colour and shape and even slight imperfections create a uniquely individual smile for every client.

Having run his own clinic in London’s prestigious Harley Street, for 15 years, Richard has treated people from all walks of life, from East End barrow boys ‘done good’ to the rich and famous, politicians, actors and musicians.

His revolutionary approach and techniques are changing the face of denture aesthetics, and his advice is internationally sought. Luckily, you don’t have to go far to see what he can do for your smile.

Richard personally guides each patient through every step of the process, starting with greeting them at the door. Considerable time is spent in the initial consultation, reviewing the patient’s history, reviewing their pre-dentures smile and how it will look post-dentures.

The result time and again is a smile that not only looks real but transforms the whole structure and shape of the patient’s face, something Richard calls his signature ‘Oral Lift’.

With appropriate facial support, cleverly balancing what nature has created with man-made additions, the facial tissues are brought back into the correct position, the lips are reformed, and beauty and confidence are restored.

All of Richard’s Lovebite dentures are bespoke and made by his own hands in his one-man studio.

To see for yourself and face the world with your best possible smile, visit the website.


 

A fitting smile: Dentures Plus


There’s a somewhat erroneous train of thought out there around the subject of dentures as to maintenance and cleaning, with some people believing that once their dentures are fitted, they can more or less forget about them. Ryan Carlton of Dentures Plus cautions against
this casual attitude.

 

 

“Just because it’s dentures, it doesn’t mean they can be neglected. Dentures can harbour bacteria and build up plaque and tartar much the same as real teeth,” he says.

Ryan recommends that those with a complete set of dentures have a check-up every one to two years, while those with partial dentures have a yearly check-up.

Another thing to be aware of as regards to denture oral health is any unusual lesions or abnormalities presenting in the mouth.

“If oral cancer is discovered, for example, the earlier it’s detected, the better,” says Ryan.

Dentures Plus offers a cleaning service that treats dentures with the Australian made Caldent, a denture cleaning product that’s only available at denture clinics, and which Ryan attests “makes dentures look really good!”

For a daily cleaning regime, products such as brushes, baths and soaking solutions can be ordered online from Dentures Plus, ensuring all denture wearers have complete confidence that their smile is little short of fabulous.

Call (03) 385 5517 or visit the website below to make an appointment.


 

Saving face: Lovebite


One of the first things you notice about someone is their smile. Being a focal point of the face, it draws many an eye. That’s why for a lot of people losing confidence in their grin, the move to dentures is a saving grace, or more appropriately, saving face. Metropol catches up with Richard Greenlees from Lovebite, to get the downlow on dentures.

 

Do dentures need to look false?

Absolutely not! I work closely with each patient to reclaim their smile. Each case is unique, combining skill, experience, knowledge, and revolutionary techniques, I can create beautiful bespoke dentures that reflect each patient’s individuality.


What services to you offer?

A full denture service, this includes full dentures, metal partial dentures, implant supported dentures and first-time immediate dentures. In addition to dentures I also do crown and bridge work, veneers, and implant work in conjunction with likeminded dental surgeons.


My face appears to have lost volume, can this be corrected?

This is possible, the structure and shape of a patient’s face can be transformed. To attain this top level of treatment (Oral Lift) and for best results I need the patient to work with me. Some people have had their teeth taken out when they were young, over time bone loss can happen (losing volume in the face) this is what I work on to recreate a more youthful appearance. This is a treatment that requires patience as it is a big change and when a patient first sees the transformation it can be a big surprise for them but once they look at the whole picture i.e the improvement to facial structure they are really happy. This Oral Lift is not for all people but more the discerning patient who is looking for a transformation and something special, a change and a lift.

Find Richard at 402 Montreal Street, phone (03) 379 1222 or email richard@lovebite.com. lovebite.com/


 

The secret life of dentures: Merivale Denture Clinic


Merivale Denture Clinic Senior Clinician Thomas Gu tells Metropol how the process of treatment through to creating high quality dentures lies in the expert combination of science, art and engineering.

 

 

Tom’s treatment for providing good dentures begins with a thorough oral exam, discussion and diagnosis, which he kicks off with a free no-obligation consultation.

“I spend a lot of time listening to my clients’ history of dental issues to identify and fix the root cause of the problem.”

Tom ensures all his patients know exactly what is possible and what the limitations may be, without sugar coating the situation, so he can provide the best options that are unique to each individual and their circumstances.

Tom’s vast and varied career began at the University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry where he specialised in various scopes of practice including implant supported removable dentures, conventional full dentures, partial dentures, metal substructures, flexible dentures and orthodontics. He was the senior technician leading these various departments.

After his university career, Tom has practiced privately, which means his experience ranges from treating complex hospital grade cases through to cosmetically oriented private cases.
Tom and his team use a combination of the latest technology and extensive specialised experience and skills to craft customised dentures.

This technology includes an IvoBase Injector unit, E4 digital scanner, Asiga 3D printer, and computer aided design with 3Shape software (pictured).

High quality dentures improve physical health as well as mental well-being by restoring your ability to eat better, giving you a beautiful smile and improving your quality of life.


 

That winning smile


It’s an all too common misapprehension that those with dentures have an easier time of it than those with natural teeth. This is because they look just as good as natural teeth and because they generally last around five to ten years. This leads to a “wear ‘em and forget about ‘em” belief around dentures that, however good it sounds, is not the reality.

 

Just like natural teeth, dentures come with problems too and these can only be picked up by maintaining regular denture check-ups.

Dentures Plus owner Ryan Carlton recommends at least every two years, but if there are natural teeth as well, then every year.

A regular denture problem can be ill-fitting dentures, which can cause soreness and ulcers, and make eating difficult.

Visual checks for possible oral cancers and other abnormalities are also carried out in check-ups.

As with natural teeth, the cleaner the denture is, the easier it is to maintain oral health.

Dentures need to be cleaned daily with a denture toothpaste and brush to help reduce bacteria in the mouth, as well as to tackle stains, plaque and tartar that can accumulate on dentures.

Caldent Denture Cleaner can effectively remove years of stains and built up plaque and tartar deposits.

It’s very popular with Dentures Plus clientele, with beneficial results showing in a few days, Dentures Plus are highly experienced dental professionals committed to providing the best quality service in dentures maintenance and oral health.

Find Dentures Plus at 396 Innes Road, phone 03 385 5517.


 

Improving denture comfort: Merivale Denture Clinic


Are you happy with your smile? Can you eat what you like? Are your dentures comfortable? At Merivale Denture Clinic they see denture wearers every day who are experiencing difficulty in carrying out normal functional activities. This may be due to a number of factors, one of which is the ability to control the dentures effectively while eating and speaking.

 

 

All this can not only undermine a person’s self-confidence in interacting socially, but it can also have repercussions for health and mental wellbeing. The good news is that by using the latest technology in materials and technique, comfortable fit, function and aesthetic appearance can be drastically improved with dentures at Merivale Denture Clinic.

If you are having problems with your existing dentures, make a time to talk to Thomas Gu, the senior clinician at Merivale Denture Clinic. You can be assured Tom will take the time to listen and endeavour to understand your needs. “For me, spending a good amount of time with each patient before starting the treatment is crucial,” Thomas says.

“This allows me to make a thorough and comprehensive diagnosis to identify the needs and requirements necessary to produce the highest quality dentures. Dentures should be designed to the specific conditions of each patient’s mouth to adequately restore essential functions such as speech and the ability to eat and smile, which a lot of us take for granted.”

Watching patients’ self-confidence return and their quality of life improve is immensely satisfying for Thomas and his team.

To book a complimentary, obligation-free consultation, phone 03 355 4704.

 


 

The tech behind teeth: Dentures Plus


When it comes to denture care, advancements in technology and attitudes have changed the game in recent years.

 

 

Leading dental experts have been adapting and introducing new techniques in denture application, resulting in dentures with the look, feel and function of natural teeth.

In Christchurch, the team leading the charge is Dentures Plus, a St Albans-based practice, owned by Ryan and Marion Carlton, who work alongside their highly skilled team. Established in the late 1990s, the business has grown to become one of the most experienced dental labs in the country, manufacturing full and partial dentures, implant retained dentures, flexible partial dentures, bite splints, denture repairs, re-lines and custom-made mouthguards.

There are many reasons people choose dentures, implants and bridging, including those who have lost teeth due to an accident, medical issues or have had poor oral health. All dentures are personally designed and created for the client, to ensure a more comfortable and natural fit.

At Dentures Plus, many options are available, and during your initial consultation, Ryan can explain those different options for you to help you make the right decision.

To help return your winning smile and confidence, give Dentures Plus a call today for a no-obligation, free consultation, to discuss the latest advances in technology with a highly skilled professional. Phone 03 385 5517 or visit www.denturesplus.co.nz.

 


 

Rebuilding Faces: Lovebite


An extensive and holistic understanding of his profession has earnt Lovebite’s Richard Greenlees a reputation as a true artist and a global leader in the dental profession, creating perfectly formed dentures with the ability to rebuild the facial structure from the inside out, dentures which are indistinguishable from natural teeth; handmade, bespoke and individually characterised.

 

ONE OF RICHARD’S OIL PAINTINGS TITLED ‘SEVEN’, AVAILABLE DIRECTLY FROM RICHARD

 

We caught up with Richard about cutting his teeth in the industry and his journey to the top.

 

Your mother was an artist and your father a carpenter. How did their work influence your career?
Growing up with parents that used their hands to make their living led me to what I do today. My mum Wendy is an artist and has an innate understanding of colour which I think has been transferred to me. Colour comes into play immensely in the fabrication of dentures, crowns and veneers. John, my dad, who has passed, was a carpenter and had an ability to understand things in space and 3D; this helps with my understanding of the empty space left in the oral cavity, filling this space without the denture appearance is where my work sits apart.


Can you recall the very first set of teeth you ever made?
The first set of teeth I made at the age of 16 were a disaster… but I see that as fortunate as I soon realised how difficult and how much of an art it is to make dentures for a patient that has lost their teeth. Taking a patient through a rehabilitation programme means so much to me. Now I’ve got 40 years of knowledge from New Zealand, Japan and Europe where I spent time honing my skills. Implantology is fast becoming an option for patients; this is a very technical approach to rehabilitation and is much more costly, needing planning and time. I am currently looking closely at a new Zirconia system from Europe for these large implant cases.


It must have felt like a fantastic achievement to open your own clinic in Harley Street?
Having my own studio on Harley Street was part of an incredible journey for me. I worked with some of the top prosthodontists/dentists in the world and made teeth for many international celebrities. I also made teeth for the average man/woman and treated all my patients in exactly the same manner. Some of the most interesting people were the ‘behind the scenes’ people… speech writers, directors, businessmen, inventors, fellow artists.
Some very interesting things happened to me during these times… parties, private jets and, ultimately, a role in a British movie! But what drove me then and continues to drive me now is making teeth that improve lives. I can sit at home and see my patients of the stage and screen and have a quiet satisfaction that billions of people are looking at my work, without even realising it.


What brought you back home?
To slow down, go surfing and do my oil painting… there were not many waves in London. Funnily enough, I’m as busy as I have always been… but I like it. I still find myself travelling internationally to keep up with technology, or speak at conferences about my approach to dentures and dental ceramics.


What are some of the common dental situations you see?
The most common thing I’m presented with in my daily work is what I call a ‘collapsed denture face’, caused by a lifetime of denture wearing that has taken away a patient’s appearance and character – and often their self-esteem. Rebuilding this in a natural way is what I strive to do daily. Understanding a patient’s ‘oral architecture’ and what they have lost is critical. I am fascinated by the face and this is what I lecture about internationally – how to rebuild it.


How does it feel to see a client elated by their new appearance?
Seeing a patient restored to their natural appearance is why I do what I do. As I move through the stages of my work, the change can be quite dramatic. This is usually followed by friends querying what they’ve done and commenting on how great they look. Patients carry on their lives – looking and feeling great and no one knows why; it’s their secret. I love this side of my work.

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Light ‘n’ Shade: Lovebite


Clinical Dental Technician and artist, Richard Greenlees of Lovebite, has returned from a tour of Switzerland, Germany and the UK where he contributed to symposia on the latest technology used in denture creation.

 

 

“It has been fascinating,” Richard says, “My main conclusion being that you just can’t surpass a set of dentures completely hand-made and bespoke to their owner”. The drive to computer-generated dentures simply doesn’t replicate Richard’s ability to create a set of dentures indistinguishable from a person’s own teeth. Key to Richard’s stunning results is his passion for studying faces and features. Regarded as gifted by colleagues, Richard has an innate ability to recreate a face as it would be if structured by its natural teeth.

“It is common to be left with a ‘denture face’ after a number of years,” Richard says. “Cheeks collapse and lips thin, distorting the integrity of facial structure.” He finds women often bring their husbands in to get a denture face restored to its original more masculine appearance. Experience plus possessing the eye of a practicing artist enables Richard to visualise how the patient’s face would look at its best authentic self, at its current age.

“The face fascinates me. It shows its owner’s history, illustrates the character and sustains life through its role in eating. Once it is restored there can be quite a dramatic change – patients can look in the mirror and see a younger self looking back. It always moves them and it can take a little time to adjust to this different yet completely authentic self.” Richard’s ‘after shots’ of patients are authentic too, he is strict on no use of stock photos to misrepresent his skill.

 

CASE STUDY PATIENT #4001 (BEFORE AND AFTER)

 

The process begins with Richard observing the face, plus getting to know the personality behind it. A technical phase utilises moulds in different ways. Richard’s own-recipe wax is used to create lip stents as tools to reshape the face, helping decide where the teeth will sit, and where to place the teeth in the skull shape. This skilled and thoughtful analysis sets Richard’s work apart.

Fittings occur to ensure the patient and Richard are happy and then the finishing stage can begin. This is a critical element, where Richard’s artistic side comes to the fore. The denture is handmade, incorporating the shape of teeth and gums, tinting and colouring and the character features that make the denture indistinguishable from real teeth are added.

Creation of the dentures occurs in both the clinic and the art studio space at Lovebite, with the whole process in Richard’s hands only. Far from a 9–5’er, Richard sometimes works on a denture in the small hours, unable to put it down. He puts in long hours, but like any creative enterprise, it is not work, “it’s an expression for me, I love it”. lovebite.com/


 

 

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Embracing techology: Dentures Plus


“There are exciting things happening in the world of dentures. We’ve really embraced the digital age and its associated technology. ”

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Ryan Carlton of Dentures Plus has recently been to IDS, the leading global trade fair of the dental industry in Cologne, Germany. “IDS presents the most important concepts and advances for the practices and laboratories of today and tomorrow. I was looking in particular at 3D printing of dentures.“

Ryan says that 3D printing of dental appliances is not only accurate, but it is quick, helps to streamline the making of high quality polymer-based dentures and is far less messy than creating plaster models. It also reduces the amount of material required and is a rather more pleasant experience for patients.

“As 3D printer techology becomes more accessible, the cost of use is also going down. I have been waiting for an all-in-one system that covers virtually the whole process and that is now available from a company called Kulzer. My patients can look forward to 3D printed dentures when I introduce the technique over the next few months. It will be great for them and stimulating for me as well.“

 


Dentures Plus is located at 396 Innes Road, phone 03 385 5517. Opening hours are Monday to Thursday 8am to 5pm and on Friday 8am to 2pm.