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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”.


 

 

Dentures Plus

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. ”

Dentures Plus

 

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.


 

Lovebite

Oral Artistry: Lovebite


The need for new or replacement dentures could bring a range of emotions to the surface, but you wouldn’t necessarily count on ‘joie de vivre’ being one of them. Unless, of course, your dentures are created by Richard Greenlees of Lovebite.

 

Lovebite

 

Richard is re-established in Christchurch from his Harley Street practice in London, where the well-heeled and those needing to be ready for their close-up, cut a track to his door. Renowned for creating dentures indistinguishable from natural teeth, Richard combines artistry and technical know-how with a passion for deep understanding of his clients, their lives and personalities.

Contrary to modern computerised and mechanised denture-manufacture, Richard’s dentures are handmade, bespoke, and individually characterised. Taking time to get to know a patient before creation begins, you’ll never see a conveyor belt of people in the waiting room, because consultations are a relaxed and enjoyable interchange that involves building dentures around who you are.

“Dentures go on your life journey with you, so they should be intrinsic to you,” Richard says. This year Richard travels to conferences in London and Cologne to keep abreast of advances. “Dental technology moves along at a pace similar to technology for space exploration and the materials used are markedly similar with zirconia, carbon and 3D printing coming into play.”

 

Oil painting is a second outlet for Richard’s artistry and drive to represent, and fills any time left over from the oral works of art. Having shown in London and made art for most of his life, he particularly loves the works of Francis Bacon, for its emotional and sheer human scope. “That’s what I am always trying to bring to my work in all spheres – honesty but also great beauty.”

This year Richard will carry on striving for reality in appearance for his patients, looking forward to meeting the new ones who each become important to him. “I’m always looking to create something special for my clients – a smile that truly reflects their individuality and character, and which makes them feel like themselves. This is critical if the teeth are to be accepted as a part of the person.”

 


Find Richard at 404 Montreal Street, phone 021 555 293, and www.lovebite.com – he’ll discover who you are, but you’ll want to talk about him.


 

Lovebite

A smile to love: Lovebite


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.

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.

 

Lovebite
Characterisation of the teeth and gums on this stunning Lovebite denture has created an incredibly natural looking smile.

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.

 



 

Merivale Denture Clinic

Personalised Smiles: Merivale Denture Clinic


Senior clinician Thomas Gu now leads the team at Merivale Denture Clinic with his highly specialised expertise and down-to earth personality.

 

Merivale Denture Clinic

 

 

He is already providing his patients with the finest quality handmade dentures that are comfortable, functional and aesthetically pleasing and those patients are very happy with his work.
Tom studied and worked at the University of Otago’s Faculty of Dentistry in Dunedin for more than 10 years. He led various departments in removable prosthetics, including partial dentures, full dentures, implant supported prosthetics and orthodontic appliances. His additional few years working at a private clinic in Christchurch prior to joining the Merivale team, support his extensive and wide array of experiences from complex and highly specialised hospital cases, to conventional dentures and prosthetics.

 

“For me, spending a good amount of time with each patient before starting the treatment is crucial. This allows me to make a thorough and comprehensive diagnosis to identify the needs and requirements necessary to produce the highest quality dentures. Dentures aren’t something you can pick off the shelves and away you go. They are oral prosthetics. They should be designed to the specific conditions of each patient’s mouth to adequately restore essential functions such as speech, and the abilities to eat and smile, which a lot of us take for granted.”

 


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


 

Merivale Denture Clinic

Transforming smiles: Merivale Denture Clinic aims to take the hassle our of denture wearing

For more than 40 years, the team at Merivale Denture Clinic has been transforming the smiles of thousands of denture wearers. Situated on the corner of Papanui Road and Mansfield Avenue, and with a branch in Nelson, patients come from far and wide based on the clinic’s reputation for making superior dentures.

Merivale Denture Clinic

Whether you are a first time or experienced denture wearer upgrading, have teeth and gum failure in your twenties, or are middle aged with missing teeth, the team at Merivale Denture Clinic can explain your options, the creation and fitting process, and put you at ease.
Practice Manager Ottilia says new full or partial dentures transform the look of your face: people often don’t realise the effect of aging or worn dentures, or missing teeth. A 20-year-old set of dentures might fit like favourite old slippers, but they won’t necessarily look great and could cause problems, which can take longer to correct if left untreated.
These days there is so much importance placed on having nice teeth and there is no need to put up with a gappy smile with so many budget-friendly solutions available. Modern technology and techniques mean that adjusting to new dentures is easier than in the past. The team makes sure your new dentures look natural, enhance your smile and facial structure, and have optimum function. Ottilia says it’s very rewarding to see the improvement in every patient.
Phone for a complimentary consultation on 03-355 4704 and visit the website
www.merivaledentureclinic.co.nz.

Dentures Plus

Reason to smile: Dentures Plus want you to know that dentures shouldn’t negatively impact your daily life

People may not be aware of any problems associated with their dentures. When issues develop slowly over time, they adapt and think it is normal.

Dentures Plus

“Common issues we see with denture wearers are sore or irritated gums, difficulty eating properly, loss of lip or facial support, more wrinkles around the mouth, sore jaw, increased headaches, loose or slipping dentures, and sores at the corners of the lips,” says Ryan Carlton of Dentures Plus.
He says pressure and or rubbing can be quite painful, usually a result of chewing, but also clenching of teeth or bruxism (grinding the teeth). Other concerns may be hard foods, like small seeds getting underneath dentures, or denture teeth that need adjusting, relining or replacement.
Worn or ill-fitting dentures can make it hard to chew and eat properly. As the teeth flatten off over time, it’s harder to chew food effectively. Worn teeth also lose their height and bring the lower jaw up further, compressing the lips and giving the face a sunken-in look, more wrinkles and mouth sores. “Dentures need to be replaced to resolve this. Worn teeth can also lead to a sore jaw and headaches, as it puts more pressure on the joint and surrounding muscles.
“Many patients worry new dentures will make them look ‘horsey’ or ‘all teeth’, but although they may show a little more teeth, they should look natural – like they belong to the face. At Dentures Plus we make sure each patient is very happy with the final result, including their look and smile.”

Visit www.denturesplus.co.nz.

Dental Implants at Dentistry on Merivale

Something to smile about: dental implants are giving Dentistry on Merivale’s dentures clients another choice

Do you have one or several missing teeth? Have you had dentures for years but want something solid and natural looking to chew and smile with? Dental implants may be the solution for you.

Dental Implants at Dentistry on Merivale

Dental implants are small, pure titanium screws that are surgically placed in your jaw and have proven themselves to be a reliable addition to the treatment options currently available in high quality dental practice.
Implants are placed and then left to heal for three or more months, during which time ‘osseointegration’ occurs – the bone heals around the implant fixtures, locking them into place permanently. False teeth, crowns, or other appliances can then be attached, either with screws or cement.
If only one tooth is to be replaced, generally a porcelain crown will be attached to a single implant fixture. If a few teeth are missing, more than one fixture may be required – a three or four teeth bridge can often be attached to two implants. Or if a full arch (all the upper or lower teeth) is to be restored, several fixtures can be placed, with the denture either screwed to or clipped onto the fixtures.
Dental implant treatment can initially be more costly than conventional treatment options. However, as it provides a very long term solution, the cost is often comparable over time.
Doctor David Walsh has more than 25 years of experience with providing implant based solutions for people of all ages and backgrounds. For more information contact Dentistry on Merivale, upstairs inside Merivale Mall, on 03-355 8297 or at
www.dentistryonmerivale.co.nz.