By Debbie Hall
Significance Dental Specialists: A family affairSisters Victoria Chen D.D.S., M.S., and Vinne Chen, D.D.S., come from a very close family, which extends to their practice Significance Dental Specialists. Along with Dr. Victoria Chen’s husband, Dr. Allen Huang, D.M.D., M.S., this is a leading dental care practice with an interdisciplinary dentistry specialist group including an endodontist, orthodontist and two periodontists with specialties. Services provided include implant, periodontal, orthodontic and endodontic care.
Their practice demonstrates a bigger picture of dentists who truly love what they are doing and have created an extended family that includes their patients.
To share their knowledge, the dentists have written two books and have been included in another one. The collaboration, “Ignite Your Life,” was written and compiled by Brian Tracy. This well-known author writes extensively on techniques and strategy for success in sales, time management, self-development, personal wealth, business and leadership. “He reached out to us to write about our story of success or secrets of success we want to share,” Dr. Victoria Chen said. “My husband and myself wrote about ‘Ten things your dentist won’t tell you about dental implants and braces.’”
Available on Amazon and other outlets, Dr. Victoria Chen has just released “The Ultimate Guide To Straightening Your Smile (So You Can Look Fabulous)—An Orthodontist Mom’s Secret Recipes for Using Braces and Invisalign.”
One of the staff members wrote about celebrities who have worn or are wearing braces. Dr. Victoria Chen wrote the information needed by parents, especially mothers, about braces and Invisalign before treatment is started.
As for inspiration, “Once I gave birth to my two children, I realized how much I influence people’s lives; not just my children, but my patients as well. As a mom myself, I know how a mother will look for something that will transform their children’s life,” said Dr. Victoria Chen. “This is a lifetime choice, so it is important for parents to have as much as information as possible. I know, as a mom, I want the best for my children; best coach for sports, best teachers for playing music and best doctor for health care. You always want the best for them.”
Both dentists agree that it is important for parents to monitor and stay vigilant with their children’s oral hygiene, especially brushing their teeth before going to sleep. According to the dentists, motor functions in children are not fully developed until the age of 8 years old.
“Do not just leave your children in the bathroom to brush their teeth,” Dr. Victoria Chen advised. “You need to help them brush their teeth and check them.” Also it is advised to take children to see the orthodontist by the age of 7, as recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists.
As part of the practice, traditional braces, Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, along with headgear-free orthodontics, use the most current technology: miniscrew anchorage. Dr. Victoria Chen also offers the treatment of accelerated osteogenic orthodontics, also known as Wilckodontics, where she can shorten treatment time from about three years to between three to six months.
“We use a digital scanner, Itero, to scan and send our patients’ oral images directly to Invisalign company. It is impression free and expedites the lab process for Invisalign. Patients love it,” Dr. Victoria Chen said.
Alone with miniscrew technology performed by her periodontist husband, Dr. Huang, Dr. Victoria Chen treats many challenging cases and has transformed patient’s facial profiles. Patients can look better and younger by just having miniscrew-combined-orthodonitic treatment without the surgical involvement of plastic surgery.