Types of Braces

No two patients are the same. When designing a treatment plan for an individual, we take his or her unique needs into account. In many cases, patients have more than one choice when it comes to treatment options. At Roy Orthodontics, we offer different types of braces, depending on your specific goals. Dr. Carl Roy can help you determine an option that is right for you during an initial consultation at our practice.

Traditional Metal Braces

Metal braces are certainly the most archetypal treatment in orthodontics. Though the design has changed somewhat throughout the decades, the primary function is the same. Traditional braces are made from surgical steel, and consist of brackets, bands, and wires. These components are used to gently move the teeth into their desired positions over time.

To apply the braces, the brackets are affixed to the front surfaces of the teeth, bands are placed around the molars, and an archwire is connected to them. The wire applies gentle pressure to the brackets and bands, encouraging tooth movement.

Today’s braces are much more sleek, elegant, and comfortable than their traditional counterparts. They can, however, be challenging to clean around. Therefore, our team can recommend specialized brushes or floss threaders to help keep your teeth healthy while you are undergoing orthodontics. Generally, treatment lasts anywhere from 18 to 24 months, although timelines can vary for each patient.

Ceramic Braces

If you aren’t too keen on metallic colors, another option is ceramic braces. These appliances work similarly to traditional braces. However, instead of metal components, these braces blend in more naturally with your teeth. The brackets are clear, and are crafted from a high-grade ceramic. The archwire is tooth-colored to match your smile.

Ceramic braces are more fragile than metal ones, so they can break more frequently. The clear elastic ties attached to the brackets are also more prone to discoloration. Therefore, it is a good idea to avoid foods and beverages that stain.

Patients who choose ceramic braces can expect treatment to last approximately 18 to 24 months. However, this will be entirely dependent on your particular situation. Dr. Roy can give you a more accurate timeline estimate at your consultation.


For those seeking discreet orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is an excellent choice. This system does not utilize brackets, bands, or wires. Rather, Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of removable, invisible aligner trays. Therefore, there is no metal to irritate your soft tissues, and no one will be able to tell you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Before beginning Invisalign treatment, we will take impressions of your teeth. These will be sent to the Invisalign lab, where a skilled technician will fabricate your custom trays. Generally, each set of aligners will be worn for 22 hours a day for approximately two weeks, after which the next set of trays can be worn. The subtle differences in the trays will gradually move your teeth into more desirable locations. Overall treatment time is comparable to traditional braces. Most patients will complete treatment in about 18 to 24 months.

It is important to note that while Invisalign is an excellent choice for many patients, it is not for everyone. For example, if you have more severe orthodontic issues that are affecting your bite or your jaw joints, traditional orthodontics may be recommended. Dr. Roy can help you determine if Invisalign is an appropriate option for you.

Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation

If you desire a straighter, healthier, more functional smile, orthodontics can help! During an initial consultation, Dr. Roy will assess your situation and help you choose an option that will work for you. To book an appointment, contact our offices, located in 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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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.
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