In 2017, 2 individuals were chosen from the North Shore and West Auckland to receive free dentures from The Chris Pine Foundation.
Susan (North Shore)
2017 was a rough year for Susan. As well as having her partner of 37 years leave, she had to leave the family home and move into rental property with her 2 adult special need sons and her elderly mother. Susan, being the kind and dedicated mother, she is, put the needs of her family first. Unfortunately, this meant that her teeth deteriorated beyond repair and with all spare money at the end of each pay cycle going to her family - she was making do without.
Susan applied to The Chris Pine Foundation for new dentures. She wanted to start looking after herself again and build her confidence back up.
As well as working full time, Susan is a long-standing volunteer with the Special Olympics and is often going above and beyond the call of duty to help the children to excel in sports.
Susan had no teeth left in her upper jaws, and only 5 bottom teeth left in her lower jaws which called for extracting. The Chris Pine Foundation are extremely grateful to Dr Sam Goldsmith from North Shore Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons who donated his time and materials to look after Susan and extract her last remaining teeth.
Full upper and lower dentures were made and fitted for Susan. The materials, including premium Phonares II teeth were kindly donated by Ivoclar Vivadent.
Over the weeks working with Susan, we witnessed her confidence grow and she left with a huge smile on her face and great optimism at what the new year would bring.
Susan sums up her experience with The Chris Pine Foundation below;
“I applied to The Chris Pine Foundation because I really wanted to look a lot better for myself. I lacked self-confidence and would always hide away from smiling.
The complete process of getting my new dentures was easy. Chris Pine is cool, and he made me laugh which put me at ease. The reception ladies were really nice and were always happy to see me which helped so much as I was really nervous. DentureTech Albany is a wonderful place where all the staff are very happy and there is lots of laughing going on – I really liked that.
I would like to thank everyone who helped make this possible.
Dr Goldsmith who took out my awful, yucky teeth, he was awesome!
I know that a big dental company called Ivoclar sponsored the materials to make my new dentures and I am so grateful.
There were a lot of people behind the scenes that also made my new dentures possible, so I would like to thank EVERYONE!
You have all made me much more confident and I can smile again! I feel so much happier about life and I am getting really nice comments from friends and family about my new smile.
Once again, thank you to The Chris Pine Foundation, DentureTech, Dr Goldsmith, Ivoclar Vivadent and everyone else who I didn’t meet personally, but please know you’ve done an awesome job.”
Keverne (West Auckland)
Three years ago, Keverne had all his teeth removed. He never wore a denture. His health deteriorated, and he had to leave his job to get well again.
Once his health started to improve, he started seeking employment again, however he found it extremely difficult to find a job with no teeth.
At 57 years old, Keverne wanted to work again, to contribute to society and support his family. His self confidence started to take a dive. He knew he had to get teeth, but just couldn’t afford it.So, he applied to The Chris Pine Foundation for dentures.
Keverne really stood out because of the huge amount of voluntary work he does on the Waimauku marae. Keverne, is normally the guy in the background, quietly going about work never expecting compensation for his time or even a thank you.
DentureTech Hobsonville’s practice manager, Christina Lole, talks about her first hand experience working with Keverne and the Chris Pine Foundation.
“ The first time I met Keverne, he was very quiet and shy. He didn’t say much. It could be interpreted as being a bit ‘stand-offish’ but was probably more nerves. He lives on the marae with his wife and does so much for the community there.
At each appointment, you could see him coming out of his shell more and more as his confidence grew.
At the try in phase (where his new dentures are put in his mouth for the first time), his wife squealed and said, “she was falling in love with him all over again”. This was such a highlight for me to witness.
By the end, Keverne would not stop talking. This made me smile, because I knew that this process didn’t change who Keverne was – it only bought back the old Keverne who had been quietened down for a while.
The whole process was amazing to be involved with and I cannot wait for the next round of applicants to help.”
This year we selected 2 recipients to receive free dentures from The Chris Pine Foundation.
Peter (west Auckland)
Peter applied to The Chris Pine Foundation upon the recommendation from his case worker at Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ).
In his application Peter said he was currently unemployed but actively seeking full-time employment. He said “I believe having dentures will assist me because people judge my appearance” referring to his current edentulous situation. Peter required top and bottom dentures.
Upon meeting Peter, he was very shy and overwhelmed at the enormity of receiving new dentures for free. As time went on, he became more relaxed and at home with Chris and DentureTech Hobsonville’s practice manager Shelley.
The day finally came where Peter would walk out the door with a new smile.
“ This whole process has been fantastic. From my greeting to the follow up it has been seamless. Everyone here has been so focused on helping me. It has been amazing. I have gotten so used to having no teeth, so I never thought much about how I look. I can’t wait to smile and eat properly. The feeling is priceless. I would like to thank all the sponsors of The Chris Pine Foundation very much. You all make a fine product. This is a real gift and I am very grateful” Peter.
Simon (north shore)
Simon successfully beat cancer in 2013 however due to the numerous rounds of chemotherapy he endured his upper teeth deteriorated beyond repair. They were removed in 2014 and since then Simon has not been able to afford to have a full top denture made.
In his application Simon spoke about the implications having no teeth had on his life. From struggling to eat any solid food through to a rapid decline in his self confidence resulting in him being rarely seen in public.
Simon is a very dedicated father to his children and put their financial needs before his own – meaning any money he had saved to go towards new dentures would spent on his kids instead of himself.
“All I want is to be able to smile again, that is smile at my kids, my wife but most importantly smile at myself”.
At The Chris Pine Foundation we were touched by Simon’s application and enjoyed watching him grow and come more out of his shell at each appointment.
Simon summarizes his experience with The Chris Pine Foundation below;
“I was chosen by the Chris Pine foundation to receive dentures gratuitously which I otherwise would not have been able to afford, and the feeling of being able to have a necessity provided for me by those who genuinely care is second to none. Chris greeted me like a friend, and related to me on a personal level. His professionalism, efficiency and attention to detail was emphasised throughout the experience by the way that he approached his work, and he took care to explain thoroughly every step of the process and answer any questions I had. The end result exceeded all my expectations. My friends and family were in awe after I smiled for the first time with my new dentures, to the point where they thought I had grown a new, natural set of teeth overnight. I am no longer afraid to lose myself in laughter, because I need not worry about what people will think of me. To everyone involved with the Chris Pine Foundation and my experience, I would just like to express my sincerest thanks. You have not only restored my smile, but my confidence and outlook on life as well.”
Once again, we wish to thank our sponsors and partners who supported us in 2016.
Without your materials, time, expertise and assiatance we would not have been able to help Peter and Simon into their new dentures.