Understanding Orthodontics

When most people seek orthodontic treatment, they have one primary goal: straight teeth. This is something that can certainly be achieved. However, with advances in the field of orthodontics, we now know that aesthetics isn’t the only important element of a smile. At Roy Orthodontics, Dr. Carl Roy practices a comprehensive form of orthodontics – one that addresses all oral and maxillofacial structures for optimal health and function. Understanding orthodontics is crucial for planning treatment that will keep your teeth and gums healthy for years to come.

Joint Health

One of the most important elements in a smile is joint health. Your jaw joints are responsible for healthy jaw movement and function, so you can eat, chew, and speak comfortably. If the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is not seated properly, it can lead to a myriad of dental issues, such as tooth erosion, gum recession, and TMJ disorder, among other things. Over time, you may develop bruxism (teeth grinding) and chronic headaches. Orthodontic treatment can move the jaw joints to their correct locations to alleviate discomfort and provide optimal function.

A Functional Bite

The second element of excellent oral health is a functional bite. To prevent unnecessary force from damaging your teeth and gums, the pressure should be balanced when you bite down. If there is one area enduring too much force, it can lead to issues such as gum recession, mobility, and even tooth loss. Orthodontic treatment can align the teeth and move them into their correct positions for a stable and balanced bite.

Facial and Smile Aesthetics

Anytime oral and maxillofacial structures are out of alignment, it can affect your facial symmetry as well as your smile aesthetics. At our practice, we take your unique features into account, and personalize your treatment for optimal results. When your teeth, jaw joints, and bite are all in alignment, your facial and smile aesthetics will be improved.

Proper Tooth Form

In order to have a functional bite, your teeth must be shaped properly. If teeth are misshapen, we can work in conjunction with a general dentist during your treatment. If restorative procedures are necessary for proper tooth form, we will include these steps as part of your custom treatment plan. When properly shaped teeth are in their correct positions, your bite function will be drastically improved.

Open Airway

Many people do not consider what orthodontic treatment can do for your airway. Did you know that many cases of sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and snoring, are due to oral and maxillofacial structures that are out of alignment? If your jaw is positioned too far back, the soft tissues can obstruct the airway. This can ultimately lead to serious health issues, as those who suffer from sleep apnea have a higher risk for developing heart disease, stroke, and dementia, among other things. Orthodontics can reposition the jaws to open the airway, increasing oxygen flow for optimal health.

Oral Pathology

Oral cancer is usually quite treatable when diagnosed in its early stages. That is why oral cancer screenings are so important. During every visit with Dr. Roy, he will assess your oral soft tissues for discolorations and irregularities. This process only takes about five minutes to complete, and can save your life.

We will also evaluate your periodontal health. If gum disease is present, we will refer you to a periodontist for an assessment before beginning orthodontic treatment.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you are thinking about orthodontic treatment, it is important to consider all aspects of oral health. With straight teeth, healthy joints, a functional bite, and an open airway, you will enjoy a lifetime of benefits, and a much higher quality of life. To schedule a consultation, or to find out more, you can contact us in Virginia Beach or Chesapeake, or contact us online.

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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