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Happy to Smile Now!

Posted February 2, 2020

You may recall Judy, who had been nominated by her daughter, to receive new dentures as part of a competition run by The Edge radio station. Judy didn’t win the competition but luckily for her, Deb, who is one of Duchenne’s technicians, was listening to The Edge on the way in to work, and suggested that we help her out instead.

Judy came down to Christchurch for three days last year so we could make her new dentures. An Auckland dentist (who had also been listening to the programme and offered to help), did the initial extractions and also put her dentures straight in for her when she was back in Auckland. This worked out really well for Judy but meant that none of us at Duchenne had the opportunity to see Judy with her new dentures in person. So we were just as excited to see Judy’s new look for ourselves last week as she was to come and see us.

As often happens with new dentures after a while, Judy’s were getting a bit loose on the top so we relined them for her. She says; “They weren’t going to do the bottom ones but Tristan decided to tweak them while I was here. Both sets really only needed minor changes as they have been marvellous ever since I first got them. But it was lovely to be able to see all the people at Duchenne who have been such a great help to me, and show them what a good job they had done.”

Judy came down just for the day and needed to be at the clinic at 8am, which meant she was up at 3.30 in the morning and didn’t get back to Auckland until 10pm at night. She says; “The people at Duchenne looked after me so well, picking me up from the airport dropping me into town during the day and taking me back to the airport at night. They couldn’t have done more for me which, to be honest didn’t surprise me as they have been fantastic all the way through. It was a long day but worth it!”

Judy was only too happy to talk to us about the difference her new dentures have made in her life. “I can eat properly for the first time in years, but just as importantly, they’ve really changed how I feel about myself. I have had lots of comments and compliments and feel much more confident now. I don’t stand around with my hand over my mouth when out in public like I used to. “In the past, if I had photos taken I always had them taken with my mouth closed. I’m happy to smile now!”


"Kia Ora Tristan. Thank you! My experience with you and the Duchenne team has been exceptional. As a first timer with full top/bottom dentures, your exceptional people skills, informative pre and post care guidance and delivery really made my experience all the more reassuring, comfortable and enjoyable. Total professionalism and brilliance of finished denture product. And my dentures? OMG! STUNNING! I've got my massive smile back again - woo hoo. Front and Back of house team - Thank you also."


"I would like to say a very big thank you to Tristan for the truly expert job that he did by making my partial denture. He is truly a professional, has great empathy and listens to your concerns. Above all else is an artist in his work and I would recommend him 100% to any future clients."

Peter. Rolleston

"Duchenne Technicians and staff are AMAZING people!!
I had lost so much confidence because of missing teeth, I would try and hide them as much as I could, I'd talk with my hand close to my mouth, and wouldn't smile for people or even family photos. My new dentures fit perfectly and the process was fast and efficient. Thank you so much Tristan for giving me my smile back, you've been an amazing."


"I just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU to Tristan at Springfield Road for my teeth, they are amazing! And I have noticed all the detail put into them and I feel amazing. Thank you for giving that back to me you are an artist. 😉🙏"

Misty M. Christchurch

"I cannot speak highly enough of Rob and his understanding manner with listening and helping me through this process. I have wanted to do this for years and they have finally accomplished this goal is just life changing to me"

Jean S.

"John & Nic from their Invercargill Clinic are absolutely awesome !!! Left with the biggest smile I’ve had in years today. Best decision I made to get my partial with this team.
Very friendly & very informative. The process from consultation to my final appointment was a breeze !! Thank you so much John & Nic extremely grateful for you giving me my smile back again.
I definitely recommend this team from Duchenne Dentures to everyone !!!!"

Megan T. Invercargill

"John and Nicki, thank you so much for my new teeth. They are amazing. Not only is it a pleasure to visit for my dental care, I now have the confidence to smile again!"

Marie F.

"Thankyou to Robert Courtier for his outstanding work on my new teeth. He made the whole process so easy. My teeth are very natural looking and I'm very happy with the outcome. This was a nerve wracking decision to have teeth out but now I've got the new denture and they don't look false I'm thrilled."

Lynne Hartly

"Thoroughly recommend the work of John and Rob. Excellent service and teeth fit like a glove"