Dentistry is one of the very few medical professions where a foreign material is placed in a patient’s body and then left there permanently for years, if not decades. Add to this the fact that the environment in which this happens is routinely subject to extremes of abrasion, temperature, acidity, bacteria, enzymes and all the other nuances of the oral environment.
Recent evidence has now shown that nearly all composite materials (“white fillings”, as well as many crown cements) contain and potentially release into the body phthalates such as Bisphenol-A (BPA), as well as titanium dioxide, HEMA and TEGDMA. Which some studies have shown may cause toxicity.
At Dentistry on Merivale they search the world for dental materials that are as non-toxic as possible, while still allowing full restoration of the dentition.
Early last year Dr David Walsh was introduced to a holistic composite and bonding system out of Switzerland called Saremco, which is entirely free of HEMA, TEGDMA, BPAs and titanium dioxide.
At the time it was not available in New Zealand, so Dr Walsh imported it himself for a clinical trial. Upon finding it an excellent system, he established Bioholistic New Zealand Ltd to import it as a source for the New Zealand dental profession at large.
Saremco is available for purchase by the profession at bioholistic.co.nz. Dr Walsh provides this information simply for the awareness of holistically-minded clients who may be facing some dental work and who are looking for the healthiest option.
Think of all the people you’ve met in your life who you remember for their shy, closed mouth smile. Perhaps they had crooked, misshapen teeth and were embarrassed to smile for the camera. Bad teeth can really knock confidence.
But at Bradley Wood Dentists, patients can now access a new technology called Fastbraces, a wire and bracket treatment that straightens teeth much sooner than standard issue braces.
In some cases, patients have completed their orthodontic care in as little as 20 weeks.
Not everyone will achieve that, but it’s very common for Fastbraces treatments to be completed in 6 to 8 months.
Another benefit of Fastbraces is that far fewer extractions are involved, and the Fastbraces system corrects interrupted or incomplete eruptions.
Fastbraces technology allows for gentle movement of the roots of the teeth towards their final position from the onset of treatment, achieving root parallelism at the beginning stages, thus completing treatment from three months to around a year.
The advantages of Fastbraces treatments are:
• Shorter time having braces on
• Often cheaper than conventional braces
• Fixes teeth that are chipped or worn down due to wear
Should you decide for a Fastbraces treatment, Bradley Wood Dentists recommend you call us and book a free no obligation consultation on 033557890.
Your concerns can then be discussed, and you will be given an idea on how long your treatment will take, and how much it may cost to have that beautiful smile.
At one Christchurch dental clinic, dentistry has evolved to a technology-driven art from. Metropol catches up with trailblazing holistic dentist Dr David Kao from Christchurch Boutique Dental about his craft.
WHAT IS HOLISTIC DENTISTRY?
“Holistic dentistry is how I describe our philosophy. It’s a balanced approach, we consider the whole form and function of a client’s teeth, jaw and face to inform what we do.
“Not only do we apply our knowledge of the medical science behind dentistry, but we use cutting-edge technology and our specialist expertise so our work not only improves oral health, but it gives clients a precise and natural cosmetic result, too.”
TELL US ABOUT YOUR USE OF A MICROSCOPE IN YOUR WORK.
“We use cutting-edge microscopic technology to deliver design-guided, natural results. The microscope allows us to create results 20 times more precise than the naked human eye can register, whether that’s sealing a root canal, perfecting a crown, bridge or veneer, or grafting tissue.
“We also use digital photo and video scanning and modelling technology for everything from modelling tooth implants to cosmetic smile design.”
WHAT KIND OF TREATMENTS DO BOUTIQUE DENTAL DO?
“We know the connection between facial aesthetics and dentistry performance is important. So, as well as a full range of dental procedures – fillings, crowns, bridges, periodontal, root canals, gum and oral surgery, and implants – we also offer cosmetic dentistry including Invisalign, digital smile design, teeth whitening, veneers, dermal fillers and Botox.”
Find Christchurch Boutique Dental at 105 Wainui Street, Riccarton Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm. Phone (03) 925 9929. www.boutiquedental.co.nz
We have finally moved into Level 2 and we think that is something worth smiling about. Make sure that smile is your finest, by visiting the team at Merivale Denture Clinic.
The clinic offers top-of-the-line services and “Combines the best of both worlds with the latest and most advanced technology with traditional methods of artistry, to produce custom dentures unique to each individual client. These are functional yet aesthetically pleasing,” Senior Clinician, Thomas Gu says.
And it always helps to have a friendly face and welcoming smile like Tom’s in the clinic, which is supported by more than 15 years of experience at the University of Otago’s Faculty of Dentistry and private practices.
Merivale Denture Clinic is excited to announce they now have the latest state-of-the-art technology with an E4 digital scanner, Asiga 3D printer and world renowned 3shape computer aided design software to design intra oral prosthesis with computer aided accuracy.
What a great way to ensure that every client is getting the best service and product on the market.
To book a complimentary, obligation-free consultation, phone 03 355 4704.
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.
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:
Find a coach for your dental health
Consider what you put into your mouth and body
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.
“There are exciting things happening in the world of dentures. We’ve really embraced the digital age and its associated technology. ”
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.
When asked for some hot tips, the Duxton Dental team shared some inspiration: Hygienist Megan is an advocate of eating a well-balanced diet, low in sugar and refined carbohydrates.
The dental benefit is a reciprocal relationship. If you eat well you will have healthy teeth and gums; if you have healthy teeth and gums you will eat well and enjoy a variety of foods through your whole life without dentures. Dr Rhonda Gooding shared the knowledge that poor oral health has been linked to heart disease, clogged arteries, strokes and pregnancy complications. She says the mouth is a window to the rest of your body and can help detect early signs of systemic diseases, e.g. mouth ulcers are a symptom of coeliac and crohns disease or nutritional deficiencies. Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.
Hygienist, Micayela thinks great looking teeth need great looking gums. She suggests regular hygienist care to remove stains and tartar in conjunction with brushing twice a day and flossing every night. Recent research out of America proves that every $1 spent on dental prevention (such as hygiene visits) saves $8-$50 on dental treatment long term.
Dr Christine Duxbury firmly believes in the value of a friendly smile. Feel confident that your teeth and smile look healthy and attractive. Seek professional help to achieve the smile of your dreams and love your teeth for life.
Ronald Sluiter, orthodontist of OrthodontiX is proud to be New Zealand’s premier Orthodontic provider of Invisalign teeth straightening systems.
Invisalign was traditionally aimed at smaller dental corrections for adults, but Ronald is thrilled that the system now provides treatments tailored to teens. Called the Kids First treatment, it is available in a two-stage option. Children can receive treatment for buck teeth from around the age of eight. Then, as the teenage years beckon, the second stage of treatment can begin. Crucially, parents don’t have to pay for the second phase from scratch, as it comes at a reduced price in conjunction with the initial treatment.
Invisalign technology can make braces and functional appliances for the teeth a thing of the past. Ronald develops a treatment plan that uses a series of custom-made, removable, and virtually invisible aligners. There are no brackets to rub or wires to break, and none of the self-confidence issues associated with traditional braces.
Invisalign aligners can be removed, so great oral hygiene is possible and the technology allows for speedy improvements so visible correction occurs within as little as four months. With revolutionary dental monitoring through a phone app, there are fewer visits to the clinic needed too.
Ronald says the first consultation is free at any of the three OrthodontiX clinics and in-house financing, tailored to individual needs, is available. The system amounts not only to great teeth, but to a happier teen and who doesn’t want that?
Getting dentures can be a daunting prospect, and the last thing patients want is a generic, or ‘horsey’ smile, says internationally renowned clinical dental technician, Richard Greenlees of Christchurch practice, Lovebite.
“People get new or replacement dentures for many reasons, but one thing is true for every patient; they want to love the new smile reflected back to them in the mirror and feel confident when they go out into the world.” Richard creates expertly crafted bespoke dentures, which are unique to every patient. “Teeth are as different as fingerprints and vary greatly depending on a person’s age, sex and race. I work one-on-one with patients to create a smile that allows them to feel like themselves again. My dentures also provide the correct support and structure to give them a more youthful appearance.”
As a reference while he works, Richard often uses his patients’ own photographs showing their natural smile. His dentures are like artworks, with each tooth individually crafted with colouring and small nuances to match his patients’ individuality and character.
Not only do Lovebite teeth look real, the whole structure and shape of a patient’s face is transformed with Richard’s top-of-the-line dentures – which feature his signature ‘denture lift’. “With appropriate facial support, the facial tissues are brought back into the correct position, lips are reformed and beauty is restored,” he says.
It is the interior architecture of a Lovebite denture that helps to create a more youthful appearance by recovering the face and skeletal shape that can be lost after years of wearing old dentures. To achieve these results, Richard has created world-leading techniques, which are now internationally recognised. He is regularly asked to lecture worldwide, and in April was the keynote speaker at the international DTG Symposium in Frankfurt, where he demonstrated his unique methods on a Christchurch patient, flown to Germany by the event organisers.
His vast experience includes 15 years running his own clinic in the prestigious Harley Street, London, where he treated people from all walks of life, from barrow boys to the rich and famous, politicians, actors and musicians. In addition to dentures, Richard also carries out crown and bridge, veneer and implant work, in conjunction with like-minded dental surgeons who complement his creative and aesthetic work.
There is nothing more satisfying for Richard than to see his patients leave the Lovebite studio with a beautiful new smile, and their self-confidence and identity restored. lovebite.com/