Oral Hygiene

Excellent oral hygiene is crucial for healthy teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing is even more vital for patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Proper hygiene techniques are essential during this time, as plaque deposits and food can become trapped around the wires, brackets, and bands. At Roy Orthodontics, our team can help you develop an at-home oral hygiene routine to keep your teeth and gums healthy for years to come.

Why is Oral Hygiene Important?

Oral bacteria can lead to a myriad of dental issues, including gum disease and tooth decay. But where do the bacteria come from? When plaque forms on the teeth, it harbors infection-causing germs. If the plaque deposits are not removed through routine brushing and flossing, the bacteria can begin to irritate the gums and erode the tooth enamel. These problems can be reduced or altogether avoided through regular dental cleanings and excellent oral hygiene at home between visits.

Dental Cleanings and Examinations

The majority of dental patients undergo cleanings about every six months. But did you know the frequency of your cleanings is ultimately determined by your dentist, according to your specific needs? Therefore, those who are more prone to gum disease or tooth decay can significantly benefit from more frequent visits. When you are wearing braces, there is the potential for more inflammation and redness, due to the wires and brackets. Therefore, your dentist or orthodontist may recommend extra cleanings to keep your teeth and gums healthy while you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Oral Hygiene between Visits

Professional dental cleanings are a vital part of oral health. Between your visits, it is important to practice excellent hygiene at home. This involves brushing at least two times a day and flossing at least once a day. Our team is available to help develop a regimen that will work well for you.

Oral Hygiene Tips While Wearing Braces

Practicing excellent oral hygiene can be a bit challenging when you are wearing braces. Over the years, our team has developed a few guidelines that will help you clean your teeth effectively:

  • Clean between the teeth: Flossing is pretty straightforward – unless you’re wearing braces. The wires keep the floss from reaching deep into the gums. Therefore, it is crucial that you use floss threaders, dental picks, or interproximal brushes to properly clean between the teeth. We can help you find a product that will work well for you.
  • Use a soft toothbrush: Whether or not you are wearing braces, you should always use a soft toothbrush. Medium and hard brushes can damage the tooth enamel and cause damage to your smile. Soft-bristled brushes also help you clean hard-to-reach areas more easily.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash: When you are wearing braces, you are more susceptible to gum inflammation and gingivitis. To combat oral bacteria and keep your gums healthy, an antibacterial mouth rinse can be used as a supplement to brushing and flossing.
  • Consider professional fluoride treatments: Patients who are prone to cavities can benefit significantly from regular fluoride treatments. This is even more important if you are wearing braces. We can provide in-office treatments, or recommend an at-home fluoride supplement.

Contact Us for More Information

If you would like to learn more about oral hygiene while wearing braces, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Roy, contact our offices. We have two locations serving 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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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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