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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.


 

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.