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3D printers behind this latest denture development

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Dentures have come a long way since the ancient Italians started filling gaps with animal and human teeth in the seventh century BC. There are now 50 million dentures produced globally each year, including a small but growing number of “digital dentures”.

The 3D printers behind this latest development have been making inroads for several years, as the technology and materials used continue to improve.

This month, Dentures Plus is installing its own 3D printer as part of a looming change for the industry that should eventually make dentures more accessible, affordable and accurate.

The clinic’s German-designed Kulzer printer is unlikely to be used for permanent dentures – the technology isn’t quite there – but it will provide a new option for temporary dentures and impression trays.

It will streamline some of the processes and give us a good head start on digital dentures. There is less wastage of material and it should be more accurate, but at first it’s mainly going to be used as a diagnostic tool.


Dentures Plus is already one of the best-equipped denture clinics in Christchurch, with the city’s only welder specifically designed for denture repairs, and manufacturing facilities spread across several rooms.

The team currently make dentures using the acrylic injection method, the industry’s gold standard for producing snug, hard-wearing dentures. The process isn’t about to change, although behind the scenes it is likely the 3D printer will play a growing role in planning for dentures.

The clinic makes full, partial, implant and immediate dentures – for fitting the same day teeth are removed – and also has an online store selling maintenance essentials.

These include the Caldent cleaning solution, which Ryan says is by far the best denture cleaner on the market. There are also brushes, baths and treatments for pain relief.

Strong demand for services from Dentures Plus often sees the clinic booked weeks in advance, which means for people keen to get new dentures before Christmas, now is the time to plan. 

To find out more, contact Dentures Plus on 03 385 5517 or visit The clinic is located at 396 Innes Rd, St Albans.

Dentures make a difference to the mental wellbeing of wearers every day

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Dentures make a difference to the mental wellbeing of wearers every day by boosting the confidence, and to their physical health by opening up diets to a wider range of foods.

These benefits – and their absence – are never felt more acutely than during the festive season.

Dentures Plus owner Ryan Carlton says a lot of people in need of new or better dentures approach social events with trepidation.

Worries over appearance, being unable to eat the same food as others and what would happen if a denture slipped out usually top the list of concerns.

But while there are solutions for all scenarios, people often need help taking the first step, Ryan says.

Dentures Plus has a naturally relaxed and friendly environment to ease people into the life-changing transformation dentures can herald. Questions and support people are welcomed and great care is taken to produce highly realistic dentures that look and fit exactly how the patient wants.

“It’s not a scary process and we can help people before or after they've seen a dentist for extractions. If they need, we can recommend a dentist,” Ryan says.

“There are some people who are busy looking after everyone except themselves, so helping someone like that get dentures can really mean a lot, especially at this time of year.”

Patients at Dentures Plus have access to one of the best-equipped clinics in Christchurch. As well as standard full and partial dentures, there are “immediate” dentures for wearing the same day as teeth are extracted, and implant dentures, offering the securest fit of all.

All are made using the acrylic injection method that ensures the most precise fit the industry can produce, for long-term comfort and durability.

Even the best made dentures need adjusting or replacing as the gums and jaw change shape with age, though.

There are wider health issues to consider, too, and as such Ryan recommends a checkup at least every 2-3 years, even if everything seems fine.

"It's like a warrant of fitness for the mouth," he says. “We check the denture, gums, any remaining teeth and the tongue for abnormalities such as potential oral cancers or growths that could turn into a major problem if left unchecked.

“If you've got a loose denture, that can cause a lot of unnoticeable problems and disguise potential issues that could flare up. But if we catch problems early, it's normally simple to fix and get you back on track.”

Denture care products are also available from Dentures Plus, either over the counter or via the website.

This includes the industry-leading Caldent solution, which Ryan says cleans far more effectively than anything sold in supermarkets.

For urgent denture cleaning – before a Christmas party or holiday away, for example – Dentures Plus can provide a one-day clean using Caldent with a specialised ultrasonic machine. This gives a result in a few hours that would take a week at home.


Getting dentures can be one of the most life-changing decisions a person will make

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

It’s hard to look your best or feel your most confident when afflicted by dental problems, which is why getting dentures can be one of the most life-changing decisions a person will make.

For denture maker Ryan Carlton, helping people with that kind of transformation was type of rewarding work he knew from a young age he wanted to be a part of.

Ryan grew up in Fairlie, South Canterbury but lived in Dunedin during his high school years, he left to start his training, qualifying as a clinician and going on to develop a wide-ranging skillset at one of New Zealand’s largest dental laboratories.

Now the owner of the busy Dentures Plus clinic in St Albans, he works with a talented team of clinicians and technicians in what is arguably the best-equipped denture practice in the city.

A welding machine specifically designed for denture work is the only one of its kind in Christchurch and allows Dentures Plus to make strong repairs to partial dentures faster and easier than anywhere else. Acrylic injection machines, meanwhile, produces the most comfortable and durable dentures the industry knows how.

Ryan’s passion for the work saw him fly to Thailand earlier this year to research 3D printers for dentures – a technology he says is still some way off. He followed this with a trip to the International Dental Show in Germany, where the latest techniques and equipment are revealed.

It is an increasingly high-tech world linked to what are some of a person’s most intimate concerns, and a field Ryan bridges with ease thanks to an inherently laidback and friendly demeanour.

A bloke at heart, he says it was being able to work with his hands that partly attracted him to denture making; racing motorbikes remains his other passion.

Recently, Ryan made Dentures Plus a family business when he and dental technician Marion married. The couple now have two young girls.

“People can lose their teeth for all sorts of reasons. It might be wear and tear with age, genetic, and of course energy drinks are a big problem with younger people. What matters is that there’s an alternative when they need it,” he says.

To that end, Dentures Plus offers a full range of denture-related services.

These include free initial consultations, the creation of bespoke, ultra-realistic dentures indistinguishable from the real thing, “immediate dentures” for fitting the same day as extractions, and re-lines for long-term comfort and effectiveness.

The clinic also produces high-grade mouthguards for winter sports and supplies a range of after-care products, including cleaning solutions, denture baths, brushes and gels for pain relief. These can be bought either over the counter at the Innes Rd clinic or via the Dentures Plus website.

Ryan says it’s always a priority that patients are well-involved in the process of getting dentures and never feel “out of the loop”.

People who already have dentures are welcome to visit for checkups – something Ryan says should be performed every two to three years.

“That way we can pick up any problems and fix them before they become serious,”
he says.

Smile with confidence

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dentures Plus offers the premium Caldent dentures cleaner to keep your smile looking good by removing all stains and build-up, and also special denture baths and brushes.

Caldent is the best on the market”, says Ryan Carlton, clinical dental technician at Dentures Plus. "Our brushes have double-sided bristles and larger handles, which is particularly good for people who have arthritis or trouble gripping. Our dentures baths are available in a range of different sizes. We use the latest products and technology, as well as continuous training to keep up with the new developments and techniques”.

Ryan, who has 18 years of experience in the industry, says the company’s main focus is on dentures that appear natural. “We want our clients smile to look like nice teeth rather than dentures. We take time to ensure they are happy- it’s about what the clients wants, not what we want”.

Although Christmas seems far away, if you need dentures, now is an ideal time, he says “It takes four or five appointments to fit dentures, and the patient may need several adjustments over a few weeks afterwards for then to settle. To be ready in time for the Christmas season, now is a good time to start thinking about dentures".

Freedom to Smile - Dentures Plus Christchurch

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Since taking over Dentures Plus in 2014, new owners Ryan and Marion Carlton have invested ample time and leading equipment into the practice to reflect their impressive degree of expertise , high standards and commitment to their patients.

The practice itself was established in the late nineties and has since become one of the most experienced dental labs in the country for manufacturing flexible partial dentures.

Today there are five dental technicians on-site who contribute a wealth of knowledge. They each bring a specialty skillset to the table, enabling them to cater to a variety of needs and make each patient’s experience a first class one.

Ryan notes that dentures aren’t just for the elderly. They are a functional and aesthetic solution for anyone who has lost teeth due to an accident, medical issues or poor oral health.

Using its new laser welder- the only laser welder in Christchurch made specifically for dental laboratories- Dentures Plus is able to repair broken metal dentures, add or repair wire arms and custom-make dentures to the highest of standards.

It uses Ivobase injection moulded acrylic, which is stronger and better fitting than traditional processing methods. Many patients have commented on the noticeably increased levels of comfort and durability.

As apart of the teams commitment to meeting client’s needs, it has upgraded its website, so you are able to buy denture cleaning and care products online and have them couriered directly to you.

Clean Dentures vital for healthy gums

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

For those with dentures, keeping them clean and well maintained is vital for the health of your gum tissues, says Ryan Carlton of Dentures Plus in Innes Road.

He and his team of clinicians provide services for full and partial dentures from making and fitting them, follow- care, through to repairs and relining and a full range of dentures cleaning products.

These include dentures cleaners, brushes and dentures baths for soaking the dentures.

One product Ryan particularly recommends is Caldent denture cleaner, as it is non-abrasive and effectively removes stains, calculus and plaque.

“It works wonders’, he says ‘Years of stains and plaque can be removed wit this product”.

Customers don’t have to make a special trip to Dentures Plus to purchase it; they can order it online here for delivery throughout the country, Ryan says.

People may need to get full or partial dentures for various reasons, such as accidents or tooth decay, and Ryan and his two other clinicians, Nicole Yee and Thomas Gu, will ensure the whole process goes as smoothly as possible.

“We provide the right treatment plan and solution for our patients. Once we have seen them, we make up the dentures before their appointment with the dentist for the extractions”, Ryan says.

“After the teeth are extracted, the dentures are fitted immediately – this gives a better result”.

A follow-up appointment after a few months will enable the clinician to check that the dentures are fitting correctly and make any necessary adjustments.

Ryan also advises that people with existing dentures should have them checked every two to three years to make sure they are not starting to wear, which could cause discomfort the future. A free, no obligation check-up will determine if the dentures need some attention or even replacing.

A terrific smile at any age makes us feel at our best!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A terrific smile at any age makes us feel at our best, and the team at Dentures Plus in St Albans are there to make sure that your smile stays firmly in place.

Whether you need comfortable and natural looking dentures or sports mouth guards to protect your natural teeth, Ryan Carlton and his team are experienced clinical dental technicians who will work personally with you to make sure that whatever your teething concerns are, the solution is the right one for you.

They provide injection moulded dentures and partial dentures in your choice of acrylic, chrome or flexible resins so that not only are they almost unbreakable, they feel secure in your mouth. All dentures are custom made and designed to be the best possible fit for you giving you the confidence to smile, laugh and eat. Nowadays, dentures are manufactured to look completely natural. Ryan will help you choose an arrangement and style that really suits you.

As all dentures require relining at least every two years, Ryan and the team work quickly to make sure they are give the same great comfort and snug fit as brand new ones. If something does go wrong and your dentures break, Denture Plus will have them repaired and you back out and living life as fast as possible. They also offer implant assisted dentures which offer great support but are still removable. Ryan is happy to talk through all the options with his clients.

The team at Dentures Plus provide custom fitted mouth guards for sports people which not only protect your teeth but also help prevent concussion and jaw injuries. They are available in a range of colours and designs.

Their anti snoring device can help snorers and their partners with sleepless nights and tiredness and they are happy to discuss options with you.

The importance of taking good care of one’s mouth

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A new injection moulding machine is one of Ryan Carlton’s significant point of difference at Dentures Plus, the business he bought last year.

The machine is state-of-the-art equipment among clinical dental technicians and Ryan enthuses over the superior product it produces.

“It provides a more precise fit for the denture which is also stronger,” he says.

Formerly from South Canterbury, Ryan trained in Wellington and Dunedin before moving south to Christchurch after he qualified in 2001. When Dentures Plus was put on the market, Ryan seized the opportunity to expand his business and purchase the well known Dentures Plus.

“I have a lot of experience making all types of dentures,” he says.

Ryan can trace his interest in the dental field back to his mother who worked as a dental technician when she was in her early 20s.

“I took art and metalwork at school and always wanted to do something with my hands. Those subjects were perfect training for doing this job,” he says.

Many people under-estimate the importance of taking good care of one’s mouth.

“Teeth are always something that we, as a nation, leave until last. So many other things are put before them. Yet the sooner dental matters are resolved the better. They may prove difficult to fix if they are left too long,” Ryan says.

“Gums can be affected by bacteria growing on dentures which can lead to oral decay and sore, inflamed gums. Dealt with early, the solution can be simple and something that doesn’t cost much.”

He says those looking for a good denture cleaner should not look past Caldent which is sold by Dentures Plus.

Four friendly, highly trained staff provide accomplished back-up for Ryan. They frequently attend training courses to improve their skills and knowledge base.

“We offer a fast-repair service for anyone who breaks their dentures and requires urgent help,” he says.

“We also provide a free consultation in which we check over a client’s dentures and see what the problems are and how they can be resolved."

The Press - Interview with Ryan Carlton of Christchurch's Dentures Plus

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dentures made using the latest acrylic injection method give users the best chance of a snug, comfortable fit in keeping with teeth that are already indistinguishable from the real thing.

However, even with the best dentures on the market require regular checks and upkeep if they are to give wearers the best performance and feel, dentures artist and clinician Ryan Carlton says.

Ryan, who runs the Dentures Plus clinic and laboratory in St Albans, manufactures dentures directly for patients as well as for dentists from across New Zealand who rely upon his expertise in this advancing field.

An acrylic injection machine, like that used by Dentures Plus, is the surest way to create a mould that fits comfortably over the gums, as the process is far less likely to result in shrinkage or loss of shape in the cooling phase of production.

Nothing, however, can prevent the mouth changing shape, Ryan says.

“Like the rest of the body, the mouth isn’t immune to the effects of ageing, and that’s one reason we recommend dentures be checked every two or three years. We can make sure they’re fitting well, because that’s very important to preventing buildup of bacteria and inflammation where gaps may be forming,” he says. Sometimes people might not even be aware there’s a problem and a check-up by someone who knows what they’re doing can help catch potentially seriously problems at an early stage.”

Infection is the most common concern with poorly fitting dentures, though regular inspections have been known to identify mouth cancers before they’ve become advanced, Ryan says.

Also working at Dentures Plus are clinicians Nicole Yee and Thomas Gu, who like Ryan spend time consulting with patients to find the best solution for each situation.

Support in manufacturing dentures is provided by Paula Brickman and Marion Carlton, while practice manager Paulette Dench is usually the smiling face most people see at reception.

Together, they compromise one of the South Island’s most experienced and forward-thinking denture teams.

Free initial consultations let people raise any questions they might have, while people simply wanting to look after their dentures can find some of the industry’s most effective cleaning products available at the clinic, provided at low prices direct to the public.

For cleaning solutions, Ryan recommends Caldent, which he says is “head and shoulders above what you’ll find on the supermarket shelves”.

Caldent and other care products can be bought via the Dentures Plus website and couriered to users at home, or picked up in person at the Innes Rd clinic.

Consultations are always private and Ryan says many patients return to Dentures Plus for the empathetic and good-natured approach of staff.

“When you see people’s confidence come back with a beautiful new smile, it’s very rewarding for us too,” Ryan says. “Helping people is a big part of why we do this.”

Dentures left unchecked can lead to inflammation and redness of gums...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Habits that have led people to require dentures need to be avoided even after replacement teeth have been fitted, says one of the city’s leading denture providers, warning that neglect is a growing problem among young people seeking treatment.

Ryan Carlton, owner of the Dentures Plus clinic in St Albans, says once dentures have been fitted, people need to take care of them to avoid a repeat of problems.

Regular cleaning with a solution made especially for dentures can avoid the staining and buildup of plaque and tartar that allow bacteria to grow.

Dentures left unchecked can lead to inflammation and redness of gums, which can at times be painful, Ryan says.

“If you keep your dentures nice and clean, your gum tissues stay clean and healthy, too,” he says. “It’s a bit like if you keep wearing old socks, then you’re going to have foot problems.”

Dentures Plus sells the industry-standard of cleaning solutions, Caldent, directly to the public at its Innes Rd clinic and through its website.

A cleaning service for people who want to restore their dentures can be provided in a same-day service that combines Caldent and specialised ultrasonic machine to give in a few hours a clean that would take a week at home.

Denture maintenance involves more than just cleaning, though, Ryan says.

Like natural teeth, denture teeth wear over time and can need replacing.

Changes in the shape in the mouth – something that occurs continuously as we age – can also mean dentures that fit when first made start slipping, pinch the gum, or have gaps with the gum after a while. This can cause loss of function, soreness, and an increase the likelihood of bacteria growth.

“Dentures should be checked every two to three years,” Ryan says.

“It’s like a warrant of fitness for them, so that we can pick up any problems and fix them before they become serious.”

As one of the South Island’s leading denture manufacturers, Dentures Plus provides fitting, fabrication and after-care services through a team of friendly clinicians and technicians.

An onsite laboratory often handles work on behalf of dentists from across New Zealand, while a welder designed specifically for partial dentures allows the clinic to make repairs stronger than anywhere else in the city.

Ryan says high demand for the services of Dentures Plus is a sign the business is on the right track. He notes, however, that the increasing number of people seen by the clinic who need dentures for the first time is indicative of wider problems in oral health.

Dentists are too expensive for many people, and heavy consumption of fizzy drinks is contributing to people in their 20s and 30s requiring replacement teeth, he says.

New dentures by Dentures Plus can change lives by restoring functionality and boosting confidence through a beautiful and natural smile. But preserving what you’ve already got, whether natural teeth or existing dentures, is always best, Ryan says.

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