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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.

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.

To arrange for a free consultation at Dentures Plus, phone 0800 456 902. Care products can be ordered online at

Dentures Plus specialise in flexible, lightweight and unbreakable partial dentures.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Ryan Carlton brings to Dentures Plus, a vast area of expertise and experience, including the role of lab manager at one of New Zealand's largest dental labs.

“My main specialties are in full and partial dentures, implant supported dentures, and mouth guards for sports,” he says.

“I also design and manufacture on-site, bite splints, for those patients who have jaw pain issues, or who grind their teeth at night.”

Today, advances in dentistry have meant many people requiring teeth replacement are now seeking the help of clinical dental technicians like Ryan and his team at Dentures Plus.

Being one of the largest labs of its kind in Christchurch, Dentures Plus creates completely natural-looking partial and full dentures, using modern resins and composite- coated teeth. Making all dentures, splints and guards on-site is unique advantage too.

For patients, this means that your dentures are customised to fit you perfectly, with all the necessary tools available to adjust, tweak and smooth any areas that require adjusting – all while you wait.

“We are quite different here, in many ways. For one, we offer the very latest in injection moulding technology. This method improves the overall fit and strength of the denture, and is also manufactured on-site in our lab.”

Dentures Plus also specialise in flexible, lightweight and unbreakable partial dentures.

“We call them ‘the unbreakable denture’ here,” Ryan says, and are one of our most popular products.”

Also for sale onsite, is a range of denture maintenance products, including a clinic-only denture cleaner, Caldent.

“This product is definitely the best on the market. The supermarket bought brands of cleaners simply don’t compare.”

In his Dentures Plus laboratory, Ryan has five additional staff, including dental technicians.

“With Christmas approaching fast, we are bound to be busy – so it’s best to book in your appointment in the coming weeks.”

With the skill set offered by the team at Dentures Plus right at your fingertips, there's simply no need to put up with the discomfort of your old dentures any longer.

Book now to have new dentures for Christmas!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

While it may seem too early to start thinking about Christmas, anyone looking at getting new dentures fitted before the holiday season starts needs to book in now, says Ryan Carlton of Dentures Plus.

Appointments are filling up over the next few weeks, and as the process takes several appointments over a few months to complete, people are advised to get in touch as soon as possible to ensure their dentures are settled in by Christmas, Ryan advises.

Patients can approach Dentures Plus directly, who will either recommend a dentist for teeth extractions or contact the patient’s own dentist. The dentures are made up before the dentist extracts the teeth, as this helps the mouth to heal faster. The professional approach taken by Ryan and his staff ensures that the whole process of having dentures fitted goes as smoothly as possible.

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 in the future. This may not be noticeable to the wearer, Ryan says, but a free, no obligation check-up will determine if the dentures need some attention, or even replacing.

The team at Dentures Plus specialise in all aspects of denture work- from making and fitting for first time wearers relining, which is done after the first few months to make sure the new dentures are fitting correctly, though to providing that clip on to implants, and full replacements dentures.
They provide full follow-up care to patients and also supply a range of products for denture- care. These include dentures cleaners, brushes and dentures baths for soaking the dentures. Ryan recommends Caldent denture cleaner, as it is non- abrasive and effectively removes stains, calculus and plaque.

Dentures Plus - New Zealand’s flexible denture specialists

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Innovation is a mark of the work done by Dentures Plus but now flexibility is also an appropriate byword.

In fact, owner Ryan Carlton describes his company as “New Zealand’s flexible denture specialists.”

Dentures Plus leads the industry in design and manufacture of flexible dentures.

The flexible nylon-based material is most appropriate for partial dentures of one, two or three teeth, but it is possible to include more teeth on the denture.

“They can be made a lot smaller and a lot stronger, too,” Ryan says.

“The technician who makes them would be one of the most experienced in New Zealand using that material.”

Formerly from South Canterbury, Ryan trained in Wellington and Dunedin before moving to Christchurch after he qualified in 2001. His mother had worked as a dental technician when she was in her early 20s.

Since he bought Dentures Plus last year, Carlton has made a considerable investment in state-of-the-art technology, buying a new injection moulding machine and adding a second one to increase his production capacity.

“We make a lot of bite splints for people who grind their teeth in their sleep and for those who suffer from jaw discomfort. The bite splint fits like a small mouthguard over the upper teeth snugly and very comfortably,” he says.

“Teeth grinding can cause issues within the jaw joint, causing muscle pain and pain into the jaw joint. The splint protects teeth. Grinding can do quite a lot of damage to teeth and the noise it makes can be quite horrific for a partner.”

Staff frequently participate in training courses to up-skill so that new techniques and services can be offered to patients.

“We rehabilitate the mouth to give back your smile and function,” Ryan says.

Good mouth care is often overlooked by people.

“Teeth are something that we, as a nation, leave until last,” he says.

“So many other things are put before them. Yet the sooner dental matters are resolved the better. Gums can be affected by bacteria growing on dentures which in turn can lead to oral decay and sore, inflamed gums.”

Ryan says Dentures Plus’s fast denture repair services usually has the job done within one to two hours, a boon to all those who are reluctant to expose gaps in their teeth.

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