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“We will remember you till we die”

Posted February 26, 2020

Duchenne recently sent two of our team – Sophia Kwon and Veronika Koceinaturaga – over to Vanuatua. They joined forces with a further team of dentists and hygienists to bring dental treatment to the remote areas of Vanuatu, in particular a small Island called Aneityum.

Here, Sophia, Veronika and the rest of the team were able to treat people with all kinds of dental issues, from sore teeth to those requiring replacements. “It is extremely primitive in these locations which made it very difficult to supply the required materials and day-to-day tools,” Sophia and Veronika reflected on their return. “The fact that there was no power or hot water made it very difficult to operate.”

However, both felt very strongly that the benefits outwayed the difficulties. “It was hugely satisfying to know we were helping alleviate people’s suffering, and even more rewarding to be able to help give them their confidence back as well.  Young women who were able to smile again told us they “will rememeber us till they die”, and you can imagine how wonderful that was for us to hear!”

Sophia and Veronika both felt that visit was a real reality check. “What we have in our country we take for granted. For those who have nothing – its a miracle.”

Here are the before and after shots of some very happy people.

    

    

   

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"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."

Anaru

"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."

Mere

"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"

D.J.