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Custom-fitted mouth guards

Monday, April 30, 2018

Looking after one’s teeth is important, but Kiwi’s love of sports, and being involved in the physical contact that these activities can involve, can put our teeth and jaw in harm’s way! The solution is a custom-fitted mouth guard, and that’s where Dentures Plus comes in.

Besides all their regular services associated with the making and repairing of dentures, this practice offers custom-fitted mouth guards direct to the public. Mouth guards are an essential part of playing sports – and becoming compulsory in more sports each year. “Not only do they help protect teeth, but they may also help limit concussion and jaw injuries.”

Over Ryan’s career he has dealt with many of our top professional athletes in the custom moulding and fitting of mouth guards. Our mouth guards are made of multiple layers which absorb the impacts more effectively. “I like people to keep their teeth, especially children. That’s why we have a special offer for school age kids on our heat- moulded rubber mouth guards. These mouth guards are custom-made for each child and although children’s mouths and teeth are still developing, the mouth guard should last for a season”.

There are just two appointments needed – the first to take a mould of the upper teeth and the second to check that the mouth guard is fitting properly and is comfortable. “We have a large range of colours and patterns to choose from, whether it’s your team colours or something to show your personality”.

Dentures Plus is located at 396 Innes Road. Phone (03) 385 5517. Open Monday – Thursday 8am – 5pm, and on Friday 8am – 2pm. We also have some limited early evening appointments available. Check out their Caldent denture cleaner as well.

Teething problems

Monday, April 30, 2018

Like a new pair of shoes, dentures worn for the first time often come with some teething problems, so to speak, as the body adjusts to its newest addition.

Dentures Plus owner Ryan Carlton says renewed confidence, an attractive smile and the enjoyment of new foods awaits denture wearers, but a few bumps on the path there should be expected.

The unnatural feel of newly fitted dentures is the first thing most people experience, he says. However, this feeling of the mouth being too full will soon be replaced by a “new normal” and forgotten.

Similarly, the extra saliva produced as a response to having a foreign object in the mouth will go away as the body learns that the dentures are now part of you.

Until that happens, though, the mouth might try to dislodge the dentures, Ryan says, just as it would anything else that it doesn’t think should be there. This can make the dentures feel loose. However, this too will pass, along with the initial challenges of chewing.

Should sores form, these should be seen by a denture maker so adjustments can be made, Ryan says.

“It’s a bit like with new shoes where you might get a blister. But instead of letting them wear in, with dentures we actually make an adjustment.”

Dentures Plus provides full aftercare services regardless of where a person’s dentures were made. With its own products, though, a number of high-tech processes help produce a comfortable, snug fit from the outset.

After a free, no obligation consultation, an impression is made using a specialised material known as alginate, from which a denture is formed first in wax and then acrylic. Using acrylic allows for the most hard-wearing and true-to-form denture possible.

Friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere is matched by a willingness to share all the details of what is often an unfamiliar process for patients, Ryan says.

“For impressions, we use one of the most accurate alginates available. It’s in the mouth less than a minute and the one we’ve got now has a really nice bubblegum flavour to it."

“The wax then replicates the pink, acrylic part of the finished denture, and people can try wearing that to see how it’s going to look and feel when finished.”

Four or five visits to the clinic are usually required as the denture is refined, although much of the action occurs behind the scenes in the Denture Plus laboratory and plaster room.

With an artist’s vision, teeth are chosen and placed according to the client’s desired style, often with the tiny twists and turns to ensure the product is not only attractive but indistinguishable from the real thing.

“It’s about taking the time to deliver what the patient wants,” Ryan says.

A selection of top-quality cleaning products and solutions for home use are also available from Dentures Plus, either over the counter or online.

Problems Associated with their Dentures

Monday, April 30, 2018

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

“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 causes 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 cut and 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 sores at the corners of the lips. “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 with new dentures, 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.”


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