Concord, CA Orthodontist Dr. Aurora Patino, DDS FAQ's

Welcome to Patino Orthodontics in Concord, CA. We offer self-ligating braces, Invisalign clear aligners and Invisalign Teen, in Concord, Walnut Creek, and Clayton CA.Concord orthodontist Dr. Aurora Patino is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, American Dental Association and other regional organizations. Dr. Patino has been a practicing orthodontist in Concord, California since 2007. She believes in the importance of educating her patients and providing them with comprehensive dental care. At Patino Orthodontics, every member of our staff is friendly, professional, and experienced. We are committed to providing each of our Concord patients with personalized care and exceptional service. We strive to maximize the one-on-one time with each patient and to completely answer any questions they have about their treatment. Our goal is to ensure a comfortable and relaxing experience for every patient.

1. How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

If you or your child can potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our office or send us an e-mail. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our front office staff will request some basic information from you.

2. What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?

There are very few orthodontic emergencies. If you are having trouble or if something breaks, you should call our office. In most cases, we can address these issues over the telephone. If you require an emergency appointment, we will set aside time for you.

3. How often will I have appointments?

Appointments are scheduled according to each patient's needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every five to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.

4. Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?

No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.

5. Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?

Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment.

6. What will I learn from the initial examination?

There are five essential questions that we will cover during the initial examination:

  • Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
    What must be done to correct the problem?
    Will any teeth need to be removed?
    How long will the treatment take to complete?
    How much will the treatment cost?
7. What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

Upon arriving, each patient and parent will be seen by the staff and doctor who will acclimate you to our office and prepare for the initial exam. We will take the necessary photographs and X-rays to allow us to make a proper diagnosis.

8. How long will it take to complete treatment?

Treatment time obviously depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment time lasts from 8 months to 30 months. The "average" time frame a person is in braces is approximately 18-24 months.

9. Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?

Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.

10. Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?

Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient's growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.