New technology has also impacted the practice with a CT scan that can be used for fractures and other root canal treatment uses. With its ability to see a smaller field in the mouth, the treatment is smoother. In the periodontal department, there is now pinhole technology to treat receding gums. In the past, tissue had to be cut from the roof the mouth to graft to the gums. The new technology is minimally invasive and amazing finishing results are possible in one week.
The dentists handle difficult cases, but they do admit that many patients decide on treatment based on what is covered by insurance. “This is so wrong,” explained Dr. Vinne Chen. “This is your health, and treatment is, many times, needed right now. But if a patient chooses to postpone treatment due to insurance coverage, the problems can become much more difficult and serious. Insurance
policies might not cover the additional treatments needed. Smart people don’t allow insurance to determine their health care.” The practice does offer payment plans with third-party lenders.
Dr. Victoria Chen has been providing orthodontic care since 1999. She moved to Las Vegas in 2004 and opened the practice with her husband. Dr. Vinne Chen joined the practice, and her husband maintains his own dental practice.
Dr. Victoria Chen graduated as the valedictorian from her dental class at National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan. In addition to her specialty training, Dr. Chen also obtained a D.D.S. degree from Loma Linda School of Dentistry, with a Clinic Excellence Award. She received a full scholarship to the University of Illinois at Chicago for orthodontic certification and a Master of Science degree in oral biology where she conducted clinical research in a new application of thermal active Ni-Ti-Canine Retraction Springs. To stay up-to-date on the latest advancements in the field of orthodontics, Dr. Victoria Chen maintains an active membership in numerous prestigious professional organizations such as the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, the Nevada Dental Society and the Las Vegas Interdisciplinary Study Club.
Dr. Vinne Chen attended the University of California at Berkeley where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree together with her identical twin sister in the field of biochemistry. Dr. Vinne Chen received numerous scholarships and prestigious awards as an undergraduate in Berkeley, but eventually chose the field of dentistry over medicine. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from Columbia University. Following her general dental training, Dr. Vinne Chen earned a certificate in Endodontics at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a board-eligible diplomat of the American Academy of Endodontics and member of numerous dental societies.
The doctors are such an inspiration that one of their former patients, Jaclyn Richardson, is now working in their office. Richardson is planning on attending dental school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in the fall.
At the impressionable age of 14, Richardson was brought to the practice for an evaluation and was told she needed braces. Dr. Victoria Chen explained that due to her teeth being crowded, one of her bottom teeth was beginning to grow horizontally toward the tongue, instead of vertically toward the roof of her mouth. With braces, the crowding of her teeth could be alleviated and the tooth could grow in correctly.
However, Richardson was getting ready to enter high school and didn’t want to wear braces. She was very nervous, but Dr. Victoria Chen explained that she also wore braces and understood the girl’s fears. After gently but firmly telling Richardson she really needed braces, Chen helped Richardson select colored rubber bands for the braces that she could color coordinate with her moods. It turned into a fun experience, and one month she selected green to support the Green Bay Packers.
In fact, on the day she finally got her braces removed, Richardson was going to get her learner’s permit. Richardson admitted that she had not smiled due to her braces, and her mother had to coax her with funny faces to get Richardson to smile. She still keeps the learner’s permit with the photo as a remembrance of why she wore braces.