When you come in for your first appointment, you will use an infrared digital reading of your finger. You will need to scan your finger one time whenever you come in for an appointment. This scan is not a fingerprint. It merely identifies you from amongst our other patients.
Once you check in the Doctor and assistants will know you are here because your name will appear on the clinic screen. Please understand that we expect you to be here at least 5 minutes early so that you can brush your teeth if necessary and be ready for your appointment. Since we schedule the same patients over and over again most of our appointments are prescheduled for at least 8 weeks. This is why we ask you to be on time and to not miss appointments. If you are late we may need to reschedule you so that we are not late for other patients...and we may not have an appointment of your type for many weeks. It is not that we are too busy; it is that we have committed those times to patients just like you.
We always have a fresh pot of coffee brewed as well as hot chocolate and tea. We also have juice boxes in the refrigerator and snacks. We ask that patients with appointments only have snacks after their appointments and that each person be respectful and take only their fair share of juice, snacks, etc.
Young Kids Room
Our young kids use this room to enjoy educational toys, reading materials, and maps to learn about geography. This room is located in the reception area so that Moms and Dads can keep a close eye on their young children.
Television is available to you. If there is a particular channel you desire, please ask. If no others are watching the current programming we will be happy to accommodate you. Only family rated programming will be available. There is also a T.V. showing the latest Disney movies.
Diagnostic Records Room
We have two diagnostic records areas in our office where photographs, special x-rays and models of your mouth are taken. Any radiation given is minimal (less than 10 minutes in the sun) because of high speed film and millisecond exposure. Moreover, all machines are monitored by an outside agency to be sure they are working properly. We never ask our patients to have any type of x-ray that we would not recommend to ourselves or our own family members.
Wall Mounted Information Boxes
Around the circumference of the clinic we have information boxes which are meant to be informative and entertaining. Contained in each of them are such things as current sports, Dr. Roncone’s lectures around the world, and innovations in orthodontics developed by or contributed to by Dr. Roncone, information on new trends in orthodontics or dentistry, nutritional information, fun things on athletes or entertainers that Dr. Roncone has treated or knows and interesting information on our current or past patients. If you/your child ever have something non-commercial you would like us to post, please bring it in.
Our building was actually the original bank in Vista and has great historical significance, as you can see from the photographs that are mounted on the wall in our reception room.
The vault has been made into a video arcade for our patients! All games are "G" rated with no violence or sexual content. While these games are great fun for children Dr. Roncone has always felt that they are very helpful to developing "hand-eye" coordination. Also a recent study has shown that children who play the right kind of video games are more successful in their chosen work environment. They learn that you don’t always win and can see the progression which hard work brings in incremental steps.
The shadow boxes in this room contain sports memorabilia from famous athletes from a particular game or event.
We have two lab technicians that not only make our orthopedic appliances but are able to place the models of your mouth on a device which duplicates the precise movements of your jaw. This gives us much more accurate information with which to make a precise diagnosis and treatment plan. It is Dr. Roncone’s belief that incorrect or inappropriate treatment can result if this device (an articulator) is not routinely used. Unfortunately, ours is the only office in the area to routinely use this technology which has been available for many years.
Our clinic is the heart of activity once you/your child begin treatment. No other practice has achieved a higher degree of useful technology and safety. You will notice our clinical area is open and divided into two semi-circles. This means that we do not do anything that causes pain and we don’t give injections or shots. We welcome both patients and parents in the clinical area. After Dr. Roncone has gathered all information from the clinical exam history and diagnostic records he completes his diagnostics and treatment plan. This plan is entered into the computer so that it is always available to the RDA’s or Registered Dental Assistants and to the doctor at each visit. Before you arrive for your start appointment Doctor Roncone will have outlined the treatment plan for you with each of the RDA’s. One RDA will be primarily responsible for assisting the doctor with your treatment.
Your treatment chart and all diagnostic records including x-rays and photos are also on the computer screen.
We use state of the art wires and braces for more patient comfort, faster treatment times, shorter times in the chair and longer appointment intervals (approximately every 8-12 weeks). The wires we use to move teeth were brought into the U.S. in the late 1980’s by Dr. Roncone. The braces we use were developed by Dr. Roncone. He is one of a handful of orthodontists in the world who has their own bracket system named after them.
As far as safety and health, our policy is to use anything which can be disposable. For other things, each chair and unit is wiped down with antiseptic solution in between patients. All hand pieces, pliers, and other instruments are sterilized using the very best hospital grade techniques. The sterilization units are tested monthly by an outside service to be sure they are working properly. Even the water supply is refreshed at least four times daily to be sure that it is of the highest grade. The plastic bottles you see at each unit are filled with filtered water. One full day per week is spent backing up each area that has to do with our patient’s health and safety.
Lastly, we do not reuse braces and wires which have been used on other patients in order to save money. Firstly they lose accuracy when they are refurbished and secondly Dr. Roncone is adamant about not recycling in this manner. He would not use these braces in his or his family’s mouth and therefore he will not use them on his patients.
Our sterilization equipment is tested by an outside service to insure that we are meeting, and in most cases exceeding, hospital levels of sterilization. Whenever possible, we use disposable instruments and materials.
Our administrative office where we check on and file insurance claims, process letters and handle financial matters.
Dr. Roncone holds classes for orthodontists from all over the world in our lecture facility. These orthodontists are not students but are some of the very best orthodontists in the U.S. and abroad who have come here to learn how to be even better. From time to time you may hear or see the acronym J.S.O.P. These letters stand for Just Short of Perfect. Since no one can ever be perfect our goal and the goal of Dr. Roncone’s classes are to be as close to perfect as possible. Another term you may hear or see is Orthobarbarian. That is the name of Dr. Roncone’s study group of orthodontists who have taken his courses. It symbolizes the fact that they will be absolutely ruthless on themselves and each other in order to continue to seek perfection (or J.S.O.P.) for their patients.
This facility is also used for patient education after getting braces on as well as well as other patient education events. A firm believer in education, Dr. Roncone has set aside this area for a "study hall" for students. He also offers tutoring several times a year in various subjects As well as preparation for his grammar and junior high school students in math, science, and reading skills, A study course in preparation for SAT is also offered yearly.
Approximately 11 years ago Dr. Roncone made the decision to purchase a Cone Beam Computerized Tomography machine. The doctor is able to see much, much more than ever before of the teeth, jaws joints, airway etc. It has literally changed the way we practice orthodontics. You/your child have already had a scan and you will see some of the results today and at your next appointment should you choose to have a formal consultation.
Treatment Coordinating Rooms
We have three consultation rooms where we perform our clinical examinations.
Tooth Brushing Areas
Each time you arrive for your appointment please come 5-10 minutes early so that you can be absolutely sure your teeth and gums are perfectly clean and healthy.
Please call our office for a consultation: (760) 758-0630
I brought my children to see Dr Roncone and they actually left saying they loved that place. We just went to the initial consult and added spacers to both children in preparation for getting the extenders however the time Dr. Roncone spent with us was priceless.- Jamie B.
I loved Dr. Roncone and all the staff there. They treat you with immense care and make sure you are aware of everything going on and what's happening next and what the end product will be. They want to make their patients happy.- Laney G.
Having two children drastically needing orthodontic work I began researching for a doctor in our area and was very pleased to find Dr. Roncone. He and his staff are educated and make the children feel comfortable with their friendly personalities.- Abbey C.
The staff is incredibly friendly, enthusiastic, and professional. I enjoyed each visit with them and marveled at the extensive office. Dr Roncone was extremely knowledgeable and thoroughly explained my treatment to me in terms that I could understand.- Tyra C.
221 Main St., Ste. 100
Vista, CA 92084
Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm