Your Visits

What will your visits be like?

FIRST VISIT: Evaluation (15 Minutes)

It is our desire to answer questions about you, or your child’s bite problem or “malocclusion” on the first visit, which we call an evaluation.

Our major objective is to determine IF treatment is needed and if so, WHEN treatment should begin. In children, treatment is determined by stage of development not age. Some patients should be treated when the primary (baby) teeth are present; others should wait until the permanent teeth have erupted. When the evaluation is completed, the following questions will have been discussed:

  • Is there an orthodontic problem?
  • If so, what is the nature of the problem?
  • Can it be corrected?
  • When should it be corrected?
  • Approximately how long will it take to correct the problem?

Depending on Dr. Irigoyen’s findings, one or more of the following recommendations will be made:

  • Wait. It is too early to make any improvements at this time.
  • A re-evaluation will be made in 3-12 months.
  • The length of time for the treatment, patient responsibilities.
  • Financial arrangements will be discussed.

SECOND VISIT: Diagnostic Records (30 Minutes)

At this appointment you will receive a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth and the following will be performed:

  • Cephalometric (head), Panoramic (jaw) and other x-rays if applicable.
  • Impressions of your teeth to make study models and registration of the bite.
  • Photographs of the face and teeth.
  • Comprehensive clinical evaluation.
  • Sign Federal Truth in Lending, insurance forms and treatment summary.

THIRD VISIT: Consultation (30 minutes)

  • Review Treatment
  • If needed spacers will be placed in order to begin treatment during the next appointment. Spacers (separators) help create a
    space between the molars for the fitting of bands on the following appointment.
  • We will discuss the specific problem and our plan of treatment.

FOURTH VISIT: Placement of Braces (2 Hours)

Treatment begins and braces will be placed. Before Dr. Irigoyen starts treatment, you will probably need to visit your general dentist for cleanings and to check for cavities. While you are in braces you will need to see your dentist every 3-6 months for cleaning and check-ups. It is important that your teeth and gums stay healthy.