The Three Levels of Orthodontics Offer the Most Comprehensive Treatment

Patients seeking straight teeth and a beautiful smile can achieve those goals with braces. But did you know that orthodontics can address way more than that? Dr. Carl Roy believes in the value of comprehensive care, and adopts a treatment module that will align all oral and maxillofacial structures for long-lasting wellbeing. Here, we will discuss the three levels of orthodontics that can deliver a vibrant smile and a lifetime of oral health.

The FACE™ Treatment Philosophy

During his training, Dr. Roy studied under Drs. Ron Roth and Robert Williams, two pioneers of goal-directed orthodontics. Eventually, Dr. Roy taught alongside them until Dr. Roth’s untimely death in the mid 2000s. In 2007, Dr. Roy would go on to adopt the principles he learned under Roth and Williams; and along with a group of several other orthodontists, he developed the Full FACE (Functional and Cosmetic Excellence) Course in an effort to introduce the three levels of orthodontics all over the world. Doctors who adhere to this ideology merge modern orthodontics and comprehensive dentistry to achieve whole-body health for their patients.

Level One: Aesthetics

The most basic tenet of orthodontics is aesthetics. This involves treatment with the exclusive intent to straighten teeth. Level one orthodontics is the simplest way to achieve a beautiful smile. This can be accomplished through conventional metal braces, ceramic braces, or invisible braces, such as Invisalign®.

Level one treatment may be adequate for patients with mild cases of misalignment. In most instances, however, it is not enough to provide a strong bite and healthy jaw joints.

Level Two: Aesthetics and Occlusion

If your orthodontic problems are more complex in nature, level two orthodontics will be necessary to address them. Level two orthodontics straighten the teeth and align your bite for proper occlusion. When your bite is off, it can lead to more serious oral and overall health issues, such as tooth erosion, TMJ issues, chronic headaches, and more.

A proper bite offers increased stability and a reduced risk for bone loss, gum recession, bruxism, mobility, and TMJ disorder. By correcting your occlusion, you can preserve your smile and prevent more problems in the future.

Level Three: Aesthetics, Occlusion, and Jaw Joints

If your misalignment is caused by skeletal issues, level three orthodontics can address the problem. When all oral and maxillofacial structure are not in alignment, it can cause a myriad of problems, including facial asymmetry, TMJ disorder, and chronic pain. If the jaw is positioned too far back, the soft tissues of the throat can actually fall over the windpipe, obstructing airflow.

In some cases, these issues can be addressed with braces alone. However, if there are skeletal discrepancies present, orthognathic surgery – or corrective jaw surgery – may be necessary to fully correct the condition. If this is recommended as part of your treatment plan, Dr. Roy will work in conjunction with a trusted oral surgeon to provide the highest level of care.

Because each patient is unique, no two treatment plans will be the same. Therefore, level three orthodontics has more to do with the end goal rather than the treatments used to achieve it. Essentially, the three levels of orthodontics provide:

  • Straight teeth
  • A functional bite
  • Healthy jaw joints
  • Improved facial aesthetics
  • Improved smile aesthetics
  • Improved airway

Learn More about Comprehensive Care at Our Practice

To learn more about the three levels of orthodontics, or to schedule an appointment at our practice, contact us online anytime. You can also call our Virginia Beach or Chesapeake office to speak to a team member.

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

Google Reviews

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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