All About Braces

Congratulations! You’ve finally taken the plunge into the exciting world of orthodontics. Sure, you may not be thrilled about wearing braces, but there are lots of reasons to be happy about your treatment – especially the incredible results you will enjoy! At Roy Orthodontics, our team has compiled a list of guidelines for everything you need to know about braces.

Our primary goal is to provide you with a pleasant experience and unparalleled orthodontic care. If you have questions about your treatment at any point, our team of professionals is standing by. Feel free to contact us any time.

Types of Braces

At Roy Orthodontics, we offer different types of braces to suit your individual needs. Our patients can choose from:

  • Metal braces: The most common type of orthodontic treatment, metal braces use a combination of wires, bands, and brackets to gently move your teeth over time.
  • Ceramic braces: Patients who prefer a more natural look can choose ceramic braces. Similar to metal braces, these appliances are less noticeable because the brackets are clear, and the wire is tooth-colored.
  • Invisible braces: Popular among our adult patients, Invisalign® can straighten your teeth using a series of removable clear plastic trays. This is an excellent option for those who want discreet orthodontic treatment.

Maintaining Proper Oral Hygiene

No matter what type of braces you choose, brushing and flossing can be more challenging when undergoing orthodontic treatment. Although oral hygiene is important for everyone, it is even more crucial when wearing braces. Food, debris, and plaque can accumulate around the bands and brackets. This can ultimately lead to gingivitis and cavities if not routinely removed through proper hygiene.

Sometimes, floss threaders or interproximal brushes are just the thing to make oral hygiene a breeze. Our team can help you develop a hygiene regimen that will keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your treatment.

Are There Food Restrictions?

Unless you are wearing Invisalign, there will be a few food restrictions, although we won’t slow you down too much. Chewy, crunchy, sticky foods should be avoided, as these can damage your brackets, bands, and wires. It is also important to avoid any foods you must bite into. For example, if you’re craving a juicy apple, cut it up before eating it. Similarly, corn should be eaten off the cob.

Will Braces Hurt?

For the first few days, it is normal to feel slight tenderness. However, this can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. You may also notice that the inside of your lips and cheeks are irritated from your new appliance. If this occurs, you can use orthodontic wax to cover the areas that are causing discomfort.

Loose Teeth: What to Expect

Many people panic when they realize their teeth feel slightly loose. This is a normal part of orthodontic treatment, however. In order for the teeth to move, they must loosen up a bit first.

How to Handle a Broken Bracket or Wire

There is no need to be alarmed if a band, bracket, or wire comes loose. It is important, however, to schedule an appointment with us right away, since damaged braces can prolong your treatment. In the meantime, there are things you can do to alleviate any discomfort. If a broken wire is irritating your soft tissues, you can use a blunt instrument to gently bend it. If a bracket comes loose, just leave it. If it irritates your mouth, you can cover it with a piece of orthodontic wax.

Athletic Mouth Guard

Do you play sports? You will want to protect your investment. If you play contact sports of any kind, let us know immediately. We can fabricate a custom mouth guard for you to wear while on the court or field.

Patient Compliance

The orthodontist certainly plays a primary role in your treatment. But did you know that you do, as well? Patient compliance is a vital part of any treatment. Therefore, it is important to follow Dr. Roy’s guidelines and recommendations closely. By doing so, you can enjoy comfortable and successful treatment.

Learn More about Braces at Roy Orthodontics

To learn more about braces, give us a call! If you would like to schedule an appointment, simply contact our offices online. We proudly serve the areas of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.

Dr. Carl Roy Meet Dr Roy
My sincere thanks to Dr. Roy and his team for showing me the way! My baby teeth had to be crowned for years since 2 of my adult teeth never came in. This was just one piece of the puzzle that needed figuring out. I’m proud of my smile and it shows every time I meet someone!Liz

Roy Orthodontics Locations

Virginia Beach Location

4388 Holland Rd
Ste. 200
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(757) 471-2900  

Chesapeake Location

684 Battlefield Blvd. N
Ste. B
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 549-1115

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Tina Roberts
Tina Roberts
03:31 26 Jun 18
My first experience with Dr.Roy and his staff was in 2004. The entire staff was always professional and very kind to me. I was treated for large spaces between my teeth and my end result was Phenomenal!! Here I am 14 years later, seeking slight help once again, but not as bad. I didn't wear my retainer faithfully. .so I have returned to the best orthodontic team in the area. I can honestly say,Dr.Roy and his team are the best! That's why I chose to come back to Roy Orthodontics this year for round #2. #satisfied returning patient.
Jennifer Grimes
Jennifer Grimes
01:13 26 Jun 18
Dr. Roy and his colleagues are the best. They are very professional and knowledgeable in what they do. I like how they take the time to get to know you as a person and not just a client. They even incorporate personal touches that takes the overall experience to new heights. I highly recommend them for orthodontic care!
Karen Bennett
Karen Bennett
22:42 23 Jun 18
We were visiting from Vermont and my daughter broke her braces. Dr. Roy and his office staff not only agreed to see us, but squeezed us in between regular scheduled patients AND made all the much needed repairs. Their willingness and professionalism, combined with their friendly personalities made this stressful time so much easier!! Huge thanks to Dr. Roy and his amazing staff!!
Kathy Knopp
Kathy Knopp
00:56 10 May 18
Great orthodontist with great results. I know I can be frustrating to deal with but Dr Roy hung in there. Thank you Dr Roy
Sherrilyn Olds-Cage
Sherrilyn Olds-Cage
11:13 09 May 18
My teenage daughter and I are in treatment. We love the care and the progress we are receiving from Dr. Roy. Everyone there is kind and knowledgeable. They are going far beyond the expected to give us top-knotch service.
gabrielle hopkins
gabrielle hopkins
16:25 08 May 18
Dr. Roy and his team has been nothing short of a blessing to me. I was stationed in Virginia four years ago, I came to Dr. Roy with braces from another Orthodontist, instead of pushing me away like most doctors due to not wanting to finish another's work he was more than welcoming. Due to after care with retainers I wasnt as diligent as I should to wear them often Dr. Roy and staff always made me feel wanted and warm to start the process over. Many days I didn't want to smile, his team always brought cheer. I was actually refereed to him by someone else and I shared the candor and referred someone also. I said to myself " does anyone here have a bad day, everyone is literally always smiling". It saddens me a bit to have my braces off because I wont see their smiling faces monthly. But, if you want fair over the top treatment, Dr. Roy and staff will ensure 5 star treatment. They are truly a blessing, I wish I could give more than 5 stars.
Colman Elis
Colman Elis
13:59 02 May 18
They were always super friendly and they always knew who you were when you walked in. Everytime I was there they were fast and I'm very happy with the outcome of my teeth.
Jorene Delacruz
Jorene Delacruz
15:07 27 Mar 18
Dr. Roy & his staff are more than wonderful. I would recommend this practice 10x if I could. They are amazing at what they do, especially Dr. Roy for understanding my past situation with my teeth. I’m so grateful & happy to have been a patient here for many years. The staff knows what they’re doing and is always so nice. I can’t thank you guys enough for dealing with my crazy teeth!
Tanya Barclift
Tanya Barclift
02:49 28 Feb 18
My son was need of palate expanders and braces and Dr. Roy and his staff have been such a blessing to us! He was only 8 years of age when this was all needed and they treated him with such professionalism and ease! Dr. Roy has such a love and compassion for his patients and families! What could have been a nightmare for my son was actually the exact opposite because of his expertise in this field. Karen, Sandy and the whole office staff is amazing!!! I would highly recommend this practice who is need of their services! Thank you Dr. Roy and staff for helping our son! May God continue to bless your wonderful practice and employees!!
04:50 24 Feb 18
Everyone was so welcoming and polite. They made me very comfortable which made me want to keep coming back. I love how they put their patients first, and they do everything they can to make sure their patients’ teeth are perfect👌🏾.
Jay Wang
Jay Wang
22:04 01 Feb 18
Dr. Roy and his team took great care of my son’s teeth. They are efficient, professional and knowledgeable. Everyone has been friendly and helpful. They fixed my niece’s braces for free during her visit!
Samantha Simmons-Conaway
Samantha Simmons-Conaway
16:09 09 Jan 18
Wonderful staff. Everything was always explained thoroughly and I felt comfortableAs an older adult I had lots of trepidation about doing braces but they made process clear and I always looked forward to my visitsHighly recommend this practice. Special kudos to Tracy who is a wonderful tech and a great person
Heather Ham
Heather Ham
16:41 15 Dec 17
Dr Roy and his staff have provided Orthodontic care for both of my children. The best thing I can say about Dr Roy is he always puts the needs of the child and their long term orthodontic care first. It isn’t just about putting braces on your kids to have straight teeth for pictures it is about treating them at the appropriate age so that the care they receive is appropriate and will last them into adulthood and more importantly won’t have to be repeated when they finish growing. As a parent it was so refreshing to deal with a practice as practical and professional as Roy Orthodontics. I recommend them to anyone seeking orthodontics for their children.
Sheila Field
Sheila Field
17:12 04 Dec 17
I am thrilled with my results from Roy Orthodontics. I am happy to say that my jaw is pain free for the first time in years. My joint popped, cracked and hurt after I had braces as a teenager. Now, I not only look good but I feel good too. Thank you Dr. Roy and your amazing staff for investing your time in being the best. This team of experts will certainly give you a reason to smile!
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