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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 Dynamic Duo


Two of the top dogs of the dental world are teaming up to bring you a service like no other. Richard Greenlees from Lovebite and Dr. David Kao from Christchurch Boutique Dental are trailblazers in their field and it is safe to say they make quite the pairing – certainly one worth smiling about.

 

 

But to appreciate them as a team, you must first delve into who these professionals are individually.

Richard is a master dental technician who has people coming to see him from all over the world to have work done.

He recently was inducted into the Oral Design Group which consists of 80 hand-picked individuals around the globe.

On the other hand, Dr. David is a highly skilled dentist and one of the only people in the country in dentistry, who works under a microscope.

His forte is complex reconstructive procedures and he takes on referrals from dentists around the country.

For two people who are so used to being highly observant and precise, their meeting was rather serendipitous.

Dr. David travels around the world to find master technicians who can deliver the quality and precision he is looking for.

After years of visits, Dr. David was asked by one of the technicians he worked with “Why do you travel halfway around the globe when you can work with Richard Greenlees from Christchurch?”.

The pair use the latest technology, make everything in New Zealand and do not outsource their work to other countries; to give every patient the best result on the market.

A partnership like this is worth every praise as Richard explains, “The fact that we are working so closely together, is the best way to get a result.

No one else is doing that in the country; we really work on a one-on-one basis”.

The team work with patients who have lost all of their teeth or even those who need implants in the upper and lower jaw.

They completely replace their teeth with varying options from dentures that are clipped onto the implants to full Zirconia.

With any surgery that takes place, David proudly says “Everything that we do here is pre-planned digitally.

We take a full digital scan of the patients mouth and combine it with their CT scan.

So, we can place implants virtually on the computer, exactly where we would want it and then mould a guide.

We can then use that guide to direct the implant”.

Precision is key in what they do, this leaves room for next to no errors and ensures that every patient is getting a product that is tailored specifically for them.

Both parties have a shared interest in working to the highest possible standard and creating the most natural appearance that they can get in the mouth.

“Back in the day, people would approach it from a functional sense,” David explains. “Nowadays, we look at how it is going to appear first; what it’s going to look like.”

With a smile on both of their faces, Richard says, “We don’t want to be the biggest; we don’t want to be the cheapest, we just want to be the best”.

In practice, they are following the DCNZ guidelines for COVID. You can see either of these professionals for an initial consultation.

For more information phone Dr. David on 03 925 9929 or Richard on  03 379 1222.

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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.


 

From oral hygiene to overall health


What is your choice? In what areas do you place value? What is important to you? Do you think about the future? What will your life look like in 10-15 years? Will your health be a priority? What are the chances that you will regret the decisions you make now when the future comes? Will you be discouraged that you did not do more to prevent ill health?

 

 

According to Jiljane Delaney from Simply Smiles, oral health is vital for general health.

“What you do about it today and where you spend your money and time are likely predictors of your future,” she says.

“We are told that the way we look is important. Our smile says a lot, but I have seen how getting older and having oral hygiene problems can be devastating to our health.

“Life is too short to mess around with health!”

Jiljane’s top three tips to be proactive and preventive in oral hygiene:

  1. Find a coach for your dental health
  2. Consider what you put into your mouth and body
  3. Get your teeth and gums into shape

As part of its core values, the team at Simply Smiles coaches patients to better long-term health.

Do not settle for dental cleaning without coaching.

Book your assessment today, email info@dental-hygiene.co.nz.