Duo aim to get elderly smiling

Bryn McMillan and Amanda Shewan at McMillan Dental Laboratory, Cleveleys Business Centre, Dorset Avenue, Cleveleys.
Bryn McMillan and Amanda Shewan at McMillan Dental Laboratory, Cleveleys Business Centre, Dorset Avenue, Cleveleys.
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A UNIQUE business is helping vulnerable residents start smiling again.

The McMillan Dental Laboratory, in Cleveleys, is specialising in denture repairs for the elderly who are stuck in their homes.

Business partners Amanda Shewan and Bryn McMillan decided to help the community when they heard about the case of one woman who used super glue to repair her denture.

Mr McMillan, who launched the business two weeks ago, said: “This is completely unique.

“If anyone breaks their denture they can come to our laboratory and have it fixed in one hour.

“For those who find it difficult to get out we will personally come to their door, take the denture away, have it fixed and take it back to them by the end of the day.”

The business was alerted to the gap in the market when a stroke victim called the laboratory explaining she had no way of getting her broken dentures repaired.

Mrs Shewan, a former dental nurse, picked up the woman’s denture from her home and fixed it.

She said: “I drove to the patient’s house and returned it within the afternoon.

“I asked her at the time what she would have done if I hadn’t come to her and she showed me the last set of dentures she had broken and tried to repair with super glue.”

The pair realised the potential helping vulnerable residents would have on their business and are seeking other groups within the community which need their help.

Mr McMillan added: “We know people rely on their teeth for all sorts and if we can make life easier for people we will.

“We’ve rang homeless centres to see if anyone needs dentures fixing which is something we can do for free.

“We want people to know we are there for them.

“There’s no extra charge and as long as people get their dentures it’s great.”

For more information call (01253) 824420.