Una defies the years with traditional dentures
Una Oakley is 86 years young and it shows. Spritely, articulate, eager to embrace life, she is the epitome of what being senior should be.
With a disarming cheeky laugh, she is one of a growing number of older people who are determined to defy the encroaching years.
The former nurse from Lower Gornal and her doctor husband, Douglas, retired to an apartment in Llandudno, but trouble with her dentures unexpectedly brought her back to her Black Country roots.
After being prescribed new dentures at the Denture Clinic, Una confidently declares: “I feel a different person now.”
Her last full set of dentures was dispensed more than 20 years ago. “They lasted well,” she adds, but about three years ago, people noticed I was holding my hand to my mouth and talking through my fingers. I didn’t even realise.”
Recommended by a friend to the Denture Clinic, Una and her husband made a 250-mile round trip to find help.
Una’s initial visit to the clinic to see principal Steven Burchell Dip CDT RCS(Eng) GDC108353 was hugely encouraging. “I instinctively felt there was someone that could do something for me,” she adds.
Una’s treatment has involved six visits to the clinic – a total of some 800 miles of driving.
Was it worth it? “Yes, she relies,” adding: “They don’t look false.”