|First Visit Or Consultation|
Your first visit to our office will take place in the Consult Room (above) and last approximately 20 minutes. The purpose will be to meet us and have Dr. Mehan do a clinical orthodontic evaluation. As part of this evaluation, Dr. Mehan has a Consult form (.PDF Here) that you can printout and fill-in the information at home where all your information is readily available. Then bring this completed form to your first visit. Also at this visit, you should get a feel for our office atmosphere and a "sense" of whether you would like to have us care for you. We are confident that you will.
If you wish to proceed, your next appointment will involve taking "Records." All patients who will be treated with braces or some type of orthodontic appliance will have records taken for diagnostic purposes. Following records you will have your braces placed. This would be your "Banding" appointment. If you are having an orthodontic appliance placed, it would most likely be done within one week after your records.
The Records appointment will take approximately 45 minutes. During this appointment, one of the orthodontic assistants will take the following:
The Banding appointment involves the actual placement of your braces (and/or appliances). This appointment can take approximately 2 hours and usually will directly follow the Records appointment. During this appointment (in most cases) the following procedures are performed:
** Bands may be fitted and cemented to specific molar teeth if necessary.
Teeth to receive direct bonded "SL" brackets are prepared as shown in the following pictures:
The time from when the retractor is place to the time the last bracket is place is approximately 20 minutes. Once the cement is cured, the retractor is removed and the patient can rinse out and check out their new braces!
Following your banding appointment, Dr. Mehan will let you know when your next appointment will be. Most routine activation appointments will take 15 minutes. Any longer procedure, will be indicated when you make your next appointment so that you can plan ahead.
The office is open daily. Office hours are from 7:00am until 5:00pm for our activation appointments. (We reserve the hour from 5:00pm-6:00pm for our new patient consultations.) Our patients are seen by Dr. Mehan usually on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but Dr. Mehan's schedule varies. Please feel free to check with our patient coordinators. Staff will be in the office on Thursday and Friday to take your calls as well as clinical staff available for emergencies should you need any assistance.
**Orthodontic bands are very rarely used with the "Self-Ligating" braces.