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Implants with Wycherley Dental Practice
(Diary written by one of our patients- Jan 2019)
In 1964 my then 28 yr old father had all his teeth removed and experienced ill fitting dentures for the rest of his life until he died in 1995 aged 59 years. I recall his irritation and at times anger, when food was hot and he burnt the back of his throat. I recall his poor self image, which was at odds with his outwardly confident persona. At home it was a different matter.
Fast forward to 2009 aged 49, when I had some of my teeth removed by the NHS Dentist, after constant mouth ulcers/tooth abscesses. My work required me to do a lot of presentations and constant face to face discussions. My confidence in my appearance was rock bottom and affecting my marriage. By 2011, all my bottom teeth were removed. By December 2015 I went to see Ash, to deal with ill fitting, NHS dentures and to see if I was suitable for implants. He suggests removal of my remaining top middle teeth as it was clear that they would continue to deteriorate and would threaten any implants. Losing all your teeth, is a weird experience. I would go to bed before my husband, to avoid his having to see me without my teeth. I would get up before him for the same reason. I did not wear lipstick as I didn’t want to draw attention to my mouth. By June 2016, I was able to have implants on the bottom jaw, to hold my denture in place just in time for my son’s wedding. I had this done via sedation and recovery was fairly straightforward. However, at the time, I had too little upper jaw bone to have implants so coped by gluing the top denture in place.
Challenges were always, hot food/drinks – an inability to sense the heat until it hit the back of my throat. Seeds from bread, tomatoes getting under the pallet causing small blisters. A restriction in what I could eat – apples were out unless I cut them first. Biting/pulling with the teeth I avoided and people often wondered why I ate pizza with a knife and fork. I still wasn’t comfortable with my smile, I feared others would be able to tell I wore dentures and for some reason, this really was important to me. Business lunches were a nightmare, where I would pull sandwiches apart and eat, as this was de rigour, because I would struggle to bite through the filling cleanly as this would result in my glued top denture coming loose and affecting my speech.
In terms of my self image, it improved but I never felt my smile was quite mine. Before I had the lower dental implants, I would not wear lipstick as I didn’t want to draw attention to my mouth.
In the last 2 years, the upper plate has cracked twice and caused me to have to take time off work with a faux excuses, whilst I wait for it to be fixed. This last occasion, Ash suggested there was now a procedure where he could implant mini-implants to the top jaw, which would remove need for adhesive, make them quicker to put in/take out and would improve stability when eating. I agreed – that is where we are at right now…..
Ash, is a wonderful dentist and human being. He always treats me as an equal, has a genuine warmth, tells it as it is without fogging the issue. You know you can trust him. He is the super dentist to rival the super Vet. He has calmed me so many times, when I have panicked – particularly when having to have new impressions made. He is gentle and calm. He is intelligent and skilled in implants. He understands aesthetic importance and genuinely wants to give me confidence in my appearance. He notices things and remembers things making me feel that he is interested in me as a person. My NHS dentist – never conversed, explained or knew me. Ash is a dentist prepared to push the boundaries of what is possible, able to manipulate and alter current technologies to fit individual people. I am hopeful, that in 2019, I will have an improved appearance, more confidence and less worry about eating or denture damage.
17th December 2018: the day came and I was less nervous than I usually am. 4 mini implants in my top jaw – will hold my top denture and remove the need for repeatedly having to replace the glue. Might even let me eat harder foods??
Sedation first; I didn’t even feel the needle this time. I could feel him working away, but he had already done the insertion of the mini implants by this point. That night the pain was 10/10 but eased with paracetamol and ibuprofen – I slept pretty well
Day 3 – 17: unable to put the teeth in, due to ongoing swelling, though this was reducing day by day. Pain managed via ibuprofen as paracetamol stopped being effective. At time feeling sorry for myself. However continuing to cook for the family yet eat soft/liquid foods myself and trying to pretend all is well. This is when you realise only family are totally accepting of who you are, no matter what you look like. Fish is an easier one to eat, with scrambled egg, porridge, soup, yoghurt. Stopped taking pain meds by day 14. On Day 17 – 3 of 4 mini implants were not fully visible. This one was the one that had required bone graft. At day 11, Ash had taken x rays and all seemed well – other than I couldn’t insert the teeth. The gum was still very sore over mini implant.
On rising today (17), still unable to put teeth in. By 3pm – I tried again and managed to get two pins to connect with the teeth. Now my mouth felt too full of teeth, having been void of the same for over 2 weeks. However no unbearable pain and just about 1mm away from full insertion of the teeth on my right side (bone graft area). So very glad because I am getting a bit down, at the time taken to heal. Also having to lie to work as to why I am off! Perhaps tomorrow, I will be able to insert better?
Day 18 – wore for 11 hours – very sore when taken out, still don’t feel like they look right.
Day 19 – another 11 hours and less soreness – able to eat better but not bite anything. A little anxious about taking the out again.
Day 21 – teeth in, minimal soreness – looking like myself again and feeling beautiful – for the first time in years.
Day 22 – Gum swelling around the bone graft is much reduced.
Day 28 onwards: Able to eat most foods with a knife and fork and gently trying to bite though a soft sandwich. Able to put teeth in more easily. Remain confident in my appearance. Have started to use small pick brush around the implants and to use electric toothbrush, again gently as gums are not sore.
It is my 59th birthday next week and I feel that Ash has restored my appearance to what it should be and I have my confidence back. I now own several lipsticks and take pride in putting make up on and outlining my lips. The pins hold the denture so solid, I realise that when previously glueing, this also made me hold the denture with my tongue – causing aching in both cheek and tongue – this is not happening any more! Photos show me looking like I am sucking a wasp (in repose). Not so any more. No glue, means the teeth go in quickly so removal of fears in hotels of being able to put the denture in, should an emergency occur. I believe if I needed mouth to mouth – then the provider would have a secure mouth to apply pressure. If I was in hospital, I feel more confident that I would not be embarrassed by my teeth or appearance as they are quickly inserted. I am About to travel long haul again and I know it will be so easy to manage my dental hygiene on the plane and I have nothing to worry about. I am wearing lipstick again, my cheeks and upper lip – look more youthful. I am seriously happy with how these mini implants have enabled me to have my appearance and confidence back. Ash is a genius!
6wks post operation and I hardly notice my dentures, they feel like real teeth and I am eating nuts, hard foods like crackers and can bite through a sandwich and filling. I feel renewed, my confidence lost several years ago is back, I smile more often (quite a lot), I am proud of how I look, which is most unusual for me. Today I met with Ash for review and he was pleased. The gums are healed and nice and pink with no sensitive bits. Ash is the equivalent of the super vet, a super dentist. Throughout he has worked to give me back ‘me’. At times it was tough, but it was worth it. HIs staff are the kindest, sensitive people I have ever met and provide absolute customer service along with what feels like friendship. What a service from them all. I would highly recommend. In fact I cannot stop telling people how they should try Wycherley Dental Pactice. Particularly members of the family who are also fearful of dentists.
Thank you Ash and team – you have made such a difference to my life – you will never know
My Invisalign journey at Wycherley’s Dental Practice
Tuesday 29th January 2019
Well today I am changing into my last aligner, I can’t believe my Invisalign treatment is nearly complete! I actually think it will be strange not wearing them now after all this time however I must admit I am excited. I didn’t notice too much change up until quite recently, the last 5 aligners seem to have made the most obvious changes.
So onto my last 2 weeks of wearing my aligners then I have an appointment booked in to check I am happy with the results and if so have my attachments removed and impressions taken for retainers and teeth whitening! Can’t wait to see the end result.
Wednesday 1st August 2018
So I have been wearing my first set of aligners for 2 weeks now and today I have changed into my second set.
The first week took a bit of time to get used to not being able to snack or drink anything other than water with my aligners in but now I have a routine and it does feel strange to not have them in!
I also found it a bit tricky to take them out at the beginning but now it’s really quick and easy. Whenever I take my aligners out, especially when in public, I put them in the carry case given to ensure I do not lose them!
I did get some mild tenderness on biting and brushing my teeth for the first week but this is to be expected.
So my new set of aligners feel tighter like my first set did at the beginning. I have been given a few sets to change every 2 weeks but I can call the practice in the meantime, if I have any concerns. I am due to go back in 6 weeks. I am looking forward to seeing some movement in my teeth!
Wednesday 18th July 2018
Over the next few months I will be doing a blog of my Invisalign treatment so people can get an idea of the process and results. So first of all what is it? Invisalign is a clear alternative to braces-there are 3 types of Invisalign depending on the level of crowding. I needed the middle level called Invisalign lite so I have 14 aligners altogether, which are to be changed every 2 weeks. They are almost invisible, hence the name!
First I had to have impressions and photographs taken of my teeth. In this appointment I explained to Dr Jakhu what I was unhappy with and he put together a prescription online to Invisalign. About a week later I had to attend the practice to view a ‘clincheck’ – this is an animated video of my teeth and the movements they will make if I carry out this Invisalign treatment. I was happy with the outcome and excited to start treatment! Dr Jakhu approved the clincheck and explained that now the aligners would all be manufactured and sent in the next couple of weeks.
Two weeks later and here I am. Today I attended my appointment to start the treatment, for the aligners to work best Dr Jakhu placed small tooth coloured attachments on a few of my teeth which fit into the aligners. Next he used a very fine serrated strip to file a small amount between a couple of my teeth – this was a bit of a strange sensation but not painful. Lastly he fit the first aligner and gave me a demo of how to take them in and out and keep them clean. I have to wear the aligner’s 20-22hours a day and cannot eat or drink with them in, other than water. Great for the diet!
I will go back in 2 weeks to see how I’m getting on and collect a few sets of aligners. I’ll keep you updated!
Wednesday 26th September 2018
So I haven’t added to the blog for a while but that’s only due to nothing much changing and me not wanting to bore you with the same things! However now I am on aligner 6 out of 14 and I am really starting to see some changes.. its quite easy to expect your teeth to start visibly changing early on but 10 weeks in and people have started noticing making it all seem worth it! My next aligner I will already be half way through treatment.
I am so used to wearing the aligners that I keep thinking it will feel weird not wearing them now! I am not saying I don’t miss snacking and probably too often lattes from the coffee shop but I am sure my body disagrees!
I am excited to see what changes happen in the next few months!
Mouth Cancer awareness month
Signs and Symptoms
Early detection of Mouth cancer is very important. Many cases are discovered at stage 4, where it can be too late. However, if it is caught early, the chances of surviving mouth cancer are nine out of ten.
As mouth cancer can strike in a number of places, including the lips, tongue, gums and cheek, it’s important that we all know what to look out for. Three signs and symptoms NOT to ignore are:
- Ulcers which do not heal in three weeks.
- Red and white patches in the mouth.
- Unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area.
If any of these are noticed, it is essential that you tell your dentist or doctor as soon as you can.
The mouth cancer examination including VELscope screening
As part of every check-up the dentist carries out a visual examination with a VELscope scanner to check for the early signs of mouth cancer. This powerful non-invasive tool is proven to be effective in checking for oral abnormalities that are often not visible to the naked eye.
Here are the areas the dentist will investigate during a normal check-up:
Head and neck
The dentist will look at your face and neck. Dr Jakhu will judge whether both sides look the same and search for any lumps, bumps or swellings that are only on one side of the face. Your dentist will also feel and press along the sides and front of your neck – they are looking for any tenderness or lumps to the touch.
The dentist will pull down your lower lip and look inside for any sores or change in colour. Next, he will check to feel the lip for lumps, bumps or changes in texture.
Cheek, tongue and soft tissues around the mouth.
Dr Jakhu uses the VELscope scanner to help pick up any abnormities. He will look for red, white or dark patches on the cheeks. He then asks you to move your tongue from one side to another, again looking for any swelling, change in colour or ulcers
Referrals for Treatments – Nova Article
Are you interested in one of our treatments but registered with another dentist? Simply get them to send us a referral or you can self-refer.
Many general dental practices strive to offer a wider range of treatment options for their patients by finding a practice where they can refer them for treatment. We understand that it is important that the right practice is chosen. We provide excellent patient care and we offer a trusted service.
We are currently accepting referrals for intravenous sedation for anxious patients, Invisalign clear braces, Implants to replace missing teeth, Oral surgery (removal of wisdom teeth), CEREC crowns (one visit crowns), facial aesthetics and CT scans.
Patients can also self-refer; simply give us a call to book a consultation.
What dentists think of us
I have been referring my patients to Ash and his team for a few years now for Intravenous sedation and Implants. I have full confidence that my patients are well looked after and are given excellent care. My patients always return back to me very happy with their treatment, praising Ash and his team. I would recommend Ash to any dentist who is looking to refer their patients for treatment they currently do not provide. PM (Wolverhampton)
If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact the practice on 01952 459459 or email firstname.lastname@example.org •
Dental implants have been used to replace missing teeth since the mid 1960s, but in recent years their use has become much more widespread. They can be used to support crowns replacing single missing teeth, bridges that restore a larger span of missing teeth, or even dentures. Implants are manufactured from titanium, a metal that is known to be compatible with body tissues and able to bond with adjacent bone during healing.
There is now a wealth of evidence from studies and from clinical experience to show that dental implants are a safe and convenient way to replace lost teeth with natural-looking results.
A 21 year old male came to Wycherley’s Dental Practice as an emergency patient having had an accident at work which resulted in losing a front tooth. His main concern was filling the gap but was against having to wear a denture long term. At his consultation I went through the options available, one of which being a denture and the others a bridge or implant. After some in-depth discussions and planning he decided that an implant would be the best long-term solution.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. The benefit of using implants is that they don’t rely on neighbouring teeth for support and they are permanent and stable.
Stages of treatment
- Mr J attended as an emergency appointment complaining of a fractured upper canine tooth following an accident at work.
- Impressions were taken to make a temporary denture to restore function and aesthetics and the fractured tooth was extracted using local anaesthetic. Mr J then wore the denture for 6 weeks, allowing the gum and bone to heal.
- Implant placement: At the surgery appointment, local anaesthetic was used to numb the gum area and a titanium implant was placed.
- Bone graft: Due to a small defect in the patient’s bone some artificial bone was placed into the area.
- Over the next 6 months the bone graft was left to integrate and heal around the implant. During this time Mr J still wore the temporary denture so he could continue to have function and aesthetics.
- Implant exposure: After 6 months the implant was exposed from under the gum so that an impression could be taken to make the final crown.
- The final crown was fitted.
What is a bone graft?
If your jawbone isn’t thick enough or is too soft to support an implant, you may need bone grafting before you can have dental implant surgery. That’s because the powerful chewing action of your mouth puts great pressure on your bone, and if it can’t support the implant, it is likely the surgery would fail.
A bone graft can create a more solid base for the implant. We try to use your own bone but if that is not possible we use artificial bone.
If you have a missing tooth or teeth and would like advice on implants, please call the practice on 01952 459459.
We offer a free consultation so that you can come along for a brief discussion about your treatment options.
Dr Ashok Jakhu
Dental x-ray technology- Nova Article
CBCT Scanning Machine
Here at Wycherley’s Dental Practice we pride ourselves on providing family, general and cosmetic dentistry to the highest standards in a relaxed and friendly environment. In keeping with our exceptional standards and the latest dental technology we are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer CBCT scanning for our patients. We are one of only a few dental practices in Shropshire to have our own in-house CBCT scanner.
What is CBCT scanning?
A dental CBCT scanner uses X-rays and a computer to produce 3D sectional images of the jaws and teeth.
Why should I have a dental CBCT scan?
The scan will give us detailed information which cannot be obtained from more conventional X-ray equipment. For example, if you are being considered for dental implants or other special procedures it enables us to assess the exact shape of the bone. We are then able to place an implant with a 3D view of your anatomy rather than with conventional 2D. This three-dimensional view will make planning, assessing and surgery much safer and more efficient for you, the patient.
What will I experience during and after the procedure?
You will not experience any pain during the procedure and you will be able to return to your normal activities as soon as the procedure is over.
What are the risks?
Dental CBCT scans are low dose examinations and give an X-ray dose to the patient that is considerably less than a medical CT scan.
You will be invited back to the practice for a consultation appointment with me to discuss the results of the scan. This valuable piece of equipment allows us to assess, diagnose and treat a range of simple and advanced complex cases including implant surgery.
If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact the practice on 01952 459459 or email email@example.com.
Dr Ashok Jakhu
Missing Teeth- Nova Article
There are many reasons for tooth loss, but no matter what the reason, replacing your lost permanent tooth is important for better function as well as appearance. Gone are the days when the only option people had was to wait for all their teeth to be gone and then get a full denture made. The choices available now can be removable dentures or fixed bridges or implants.
When teeth are missing, it can affect the way the rest of your teeth bite together. Your remaining teeth may tilt and drift into the gaps and food can get trapped in the spaces, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. When many teeth are missing, your facial muscles can become saggy, affecting your speech and appearance.
At Wycherley’s Dental Practice we offer a number of treatment options to restore your smile and fill any gaps that you may find unsightly or may be affecting function.
A partial denture can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. A partial denture is a framework (plate) with a number of false teeth on it. There are different types of partial dentures, but they commonly include a metal and/or plastic plate with plastic or porcelain false teeth. Partial dentures often have metal or tooth colour clasps; where possible, these clasps are hidden so that they can’t be seen when you smile or talk. Alternatively, I may recommend flexible partial dentures; these adapt around the shape of your teeth and gums and can be used when it’s difficult or impossible to fit a plastic or metal denture.
Full (or complete) dentures are needed when you have no teeth left in your upper or lower jaw. They are usually made of a plastic plate with plastic teeth. Full upper dentures cover the roof of your mouth, a very thin layer of saliva between your palate and the denture creates suction which keeps it firmly in position. Your facial muscles and tongue also help to keep it in place. Full lower dentures are often more difficult to keep in place because the floor of your mouth moves a lot, and the ridge where your teeth used to be shrinks with age. However, good dentures should fit your mouth exactly so you shouldn’t need to use denture adhesive cream (fixative).
These are false teeth fixed on to adjacent natural teeth. If only one or two teeth are missing, I may recommend a bridge. I would attach a false tooth (or teeth) to your natural teeth on either side or occasionally on only one side of the gap. Bridges are made of porcelain and/or metal. The natural teeth on either side of the space are specially prepared for crowns to fit on top, these crowns are permanently attached to a false tooth in the centre. Bridges are cemented in place, so you can’t remove them for cleaning – to keep your natural teeth healthy you should clean the gap under a bridge with a special dental floss. Our very experienced hygienist will show you how to floss under your bridge. On average, bridges last between five and 10 years. However, well maintained bridges can last as long as 20-30 years.
A dental implant is a metal rod (titanium or titanium alloy) that is placed in your jaw bone to hold a false tooth (or teeth) in place. Over several months, your jawbone fuses with the metal rod; dentures, bridges or crowns can be screwed or clipped on to the implant. Well maintained implants placed into adequate bone can be expected to last for many years and probably for your lifetime.
We are able to offer 0% finance to help spread the cost of treatment and have our own practice membership plan from £13.10 per month.
Invisalign Offer-Nova Article
Wycherley’s Dental Practice is proud to announce that we will be hosting an exclusive Invisalign offer where you can have a free Invisalign consultation and take advantage of up to £645 off treatment including free teeth whitening and retainers.
Our Exclusive Offer to You
For this special event, we are offering up to £645 off Invisalign Full, Invisalign Teen or Invisalign Lite. You can even spread the cost using our flexible 0% finance plan.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the clear braces system that everyone is talking about. Several top celebrities have used Invisalign, including Chris Evans, Cheryl Cole, Justin Bieber and Mike Tindall to name but a few.
Invisalign aligners fit exactly to your teeth. They are comfortable, almost invisible and, as they do not cover the palate, speech is hardly affected at all, making them perfect for many people’s lifestyles. The duration of the treatment is usually between nine and eighteen months.
Spaces are limited for this amazing offer. The first step is a free consultation at Wycherley’s Dental Practice.
At your free consultation you will have the opportunity to tell Dr Jakhu how you would like to improve your smile. In return, Dr Jakhu will be able to assess your suitability and answer any questions you may have to ensure Invisalign is the right treatment for you. If you are then happy to proceed you will benefit from up to £645 off your treatment.
You get to see a virtual 3D treatment plan (ClinCheck© treatment plan). This shows the series of movements your teeth will go through over the course of the treatment allowing you to see upfront what your teeth are expected to look like at the end of the treatment. From the results of the ClinCheck treatment plan, your custom-made, patented clear plastic aligners are produced especially for you. Your treatment consists of a series of these nearly invisible, removable aligners that you change every two weeks for the next set.
Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth and as you replace each aligner your teeth will move little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position.
Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible and others may not even notice that you are wearing them, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions.
“On completion of my Invisalign treatment I would like to thank Ash and all the staff at Wycherley’s Dental Practice for your help during the treatment process. From the initial consultation, at which we discussed the best form of treatment to correct the alignment of both my upper and lower teeth, the preferred option was Invisalign. Although I was initially sceptical about the degree of correction Invisalign would give, on completion of the treatment, I feel the process has exceeded my expectations.” Mr T (Shropshire)
“I could not be more happy with the results of my Invisalign clear braces!! Because of Invisalign I now have perfectly straight teeth and it’s given me the confidence to actually smile properly. Invisalign are easy to use, easy to clean and barely noticeable once inserted. Worth every penny, they have changed my life because I now have a smile to be proud of. I totally recommend them. I’d also like to add that Dr Jakhu has been excellent. I’m usually nervous about going to the dentist but he has been very professional and friendly, which made me feel at ease and in safe hands.” RW (Wolverhampton)
To take advantage of this exclusive offer or for more information please call reception on 01952 459459
Wycherley’s Dental Practice is proud to announce that we will be hosting an exclusive Invisalign offer where you can have a free Invisalign consultation and take advantage of up to £645 off treatment including free teeth whitening and retainers.
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Bespoke smiles by Ash
What impact does your smile have on your life?
Do you want to change your smile to improve the colour, shape or length of your teeth, or change the appearance of your gums or lips?
Smile design is a highly technical process requiring great skill and experience to achieve a natural looking beautiful smile. Using a combination of your desires and our expertise, we carefully select the cosmetic procedures and methods to achieve the most desirable, natural looking smile for you. These can range from simple composite bonding and tooth whitening to beautiful porcelain veneers, or strong, durable crowns meticulously custom made for you. Gaps where you may have missing teeth can be restored with dentures, bridges or implants. The bite is carefully analysed for total comfort and the colour verified, along with details such as the surface texture and lustre to ensure your smile looks and feels completely natural. We never compromise on materials and only use the best available. You also have the peace of mind knowing we have undergone extensive postgraduate training in private cosmetic dentistry to deliver your dream smile.
Combination of crowns, veneers and bridge work
The Smile design process
During your initial cosmetic consultation, we take time to thoroughly check your dental health and to understand your ultimate smile desires and expectations. We use digital photography to create before and after images so that you can see the results of your cosmetic dentistry, in addition, digital x-rays and intra-oral camera’s allow for expert evaluation and precise planning of your cosmetic procedure. We show you some examples of ‘smiles’ that you can choose from we and suggest you bring in any photos of celebrity smiles that you like which can be customised to suit you. Once all this information is collated it is sent to the laboratory where your smile is produced in wax for approval at your next appointment.
At the review appointment we show you the diagnostic wax up which has been designed for you, this gives you the opportunity to make any alterations.
At this appointment your existing teeth are reshaped and prepared ready for your ‘temporary smile’. You will leave this appointment with an exact copy of what your finished smile will look like. The temporary restorations we fabricate allow you to ‘trial your smile’, get used to how your new smile will look and feel and show your friends and family. You may decide that there things you don’t like and want to change and this gives you a chance to make sure the look is right for you.
After you have had your trial with your new smile we see you again to check that you are happy with how it looks and feels. If you are happy we then remove the temporary ‘smile’ and tidy up the prepared teeth ready for the final impressions. The impressions are then sent to the laboratory to make your permanent smile. You are then fitted with another temporary set until your permanent restorations are ready. the case.
Fit your permanent ‘smile’
This is the final stage, your temporary restorations are removed and replaced with the permanent crowns, bridges or veneers.
The length of treatment is determined by the complexity of the case, for example if you require dental implant treatment and this will be discussed with you at your initial consultation.