For most teenagers, getting braces is a rite of passage. If you have crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, regardless of your age, braces are often the best option to help straighten teeth.
Braces provide you with straight teeth, a good bite and a beautiful smile, and as a result they also prevent long-term tooth damage caused by poor tooth or jaw alignment.
Why Get Braces?
For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. But alleviating and preventing long-term health problems is just as important. Crooked or crowded teeth are difficult to clean and maintain, and can lead to tooth decay, gum disease or tooth loss. Poor jaw or tooth alignment can cause abnormal wear of your teeth, an inability to chew efficiently and, as a result, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that support your teeth. Braces can make your teeth look better, work better and easier to clean.
With orthodontic treatment from The Happy Tooth, you can expect:
Straighter teeth and a more attractive smile
Improved oral health and function
Prevention of common dental problems caused by crooked teeth or a misaligned bite
A boost in self–confidence
Braces work by applying continuous pressure over a period of time, by using a system of wires and brackets to slowly move teeth in a specific direction. As the teeth move, the bone changes shape as pressure is applied. Once the braces are removed (typically in one to two years), you are left with straighter teeth, proper jaw alignment and a dazzling smile.
Can adults get braces? While braces are typically associated with teenagers, you can get braces at any age. Therefore, adult braces are quite a common procedure. It’s never too late to address dental problems caused by crooked teeth and to get that smile you’ve always wanted.
Numerous Options to Fit Your Style
Braces have changed over the years. Today, options range from colorfully cool to nearly invisible. The choice is yours, and you don't have to come up with the answers alone. As orthodontists, we are experts in helping you find your perfect match.
We offer two different types of braces:
Traditional metal braces: This is the most common type of braces, and they are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a unique and colorful smile.
Ceramic braces: Since they are made of clear materials, ceramic braces are less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adults who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene, as ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
What our Patients Are Saying
Loved my visit. Dr. Ruth and staff are very friendly.
16:29 24 Apr 19
I've been a patient at Happy Tooth for Some months now and I love everybody there!! Everyone is so kind and very energetic. They do great job with my teeth, I love them! I always enjoy going there and I would definitely recommend this place to people out there who want a there teeth looking good. But i got to say one of favorite staff members is Orlando!! He's really kind and always making jokes and definitely doesn't make it boring.
23:09 30 Aug 18
Nice friendly people and workers. My daughter has been with them for braces. I would and have recommend people to this place.
18:04 07 Aug 18
just got my braces off and my teeth look amazing
15:44 06 Aug 18
very nice people , i love them . They’re very great .
01:54 20 May 18
Both of my daughters have braces at The Happy Tooth. My oldest daughter went thru her braces ordeal over 6 years ago and honestly I would not have recommended a dog to go there for teeth care. So I was concerned when my youngest required braces as well. My fears were unfounded. New staff.. Very professional and welcoming for the parents and children. The staff before would not allowed parents to go back with their children but now they have no problem with it at all. Kudos for great staff.. Welcoming environment. Thank you for treating us as people and not just cash in your pocket as the previous staff did.
14:33 01 Feb 18
AWESOME STAFF!!! As soon as you walk in you are greeted with a smile and hello!! Everyone is helpful and patient!!! I personally had a miscommunication issue about an appt. When I called about it I was immediately the PRIORITY!! The manager..Kim...took my call and immediately addressed the issue...she was very professional and most apologetic for the entire staff!!! It was just a simple mix up and she went above and beyond to make sure things were fixed and rescheduled and I honestly HAVE NVR came across any manager that was so involved in a resolution and my satisfaction!!! At (this) Happy Tooth...you are not treated like a patient...they treat and respect you like family and friends!!!! Kudos to all the staff!!! Jobs well done guys!!! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication!!!! 👐😁😉👍👏
Robin Doby Wilson
18:24 14 Sep 17
I have been going to The Happy Tooth Orthodontist in Sanford for almost 3 years now and I am completely satisfied with my service here. When I arrive I am always welcomed with a smile from both the receptionists and the orthopedists. Everyone remembers my name, which doesn't really happen a lot at other medical departments. I truly am glad that I am a patient at The Happy Tooth in Sanford and I recommend this Orthodontist to everyone!!! Thank you so much Happy Tooth in Sanford for all that you do, just to give me the perfect smile I never knew I had!!!!
Demetrius McCrimmon Jr.
18:48 12 Apr 17
I've been a patient at The Happy Tooth for 5 years and recently got my braces off a few months ago. I am very satisfied with the results and my brand new smile, they took terrible teeth and made them great. The staff at Happy Tooth are the nicest people ever, Janet greets people nicely and makes sure that guest are comfortable, feel welcomed, and ready for their appointment. Randi and alisha make sure things are running smoothly, and always provide top- notch care for everyone. Overall my experience at happy tooth has been wonderful, and I would do it all over again !!!
11:31 27 Mar 17
I had a wonderful time at Happy Tooth. My experience with Happy Tooth was amazing. I will like to thank everyone that help me on my journey, such as Missy, Alisha, Orlando, Frankie, Dr. Ruth, and my favorite Janet. These people made my experience smooth, easy, and quick. The Happy Tooth crew is best. I had many great years with them and this day was awesome. I got my braces off and I'm the happiest person on the planet.
15:02 23 Mar 17
I've been a patient at Happy Tooth for nearly two years and I love everybody there!! Everyone is so kind to me and they're always so energetic. They did a great job with my teeth, I love them! I would definitely recommend this place to people out there who want a little fix to their teeth. Other than that, if I were to choose who my favorite staff member is, it would be Orlando!! He's too kind and always manages to put a smile on my face with his jokes! 🙂
15:56 15 Mar 17
I'm currently a patient at happy tooth and they have done an amazing job on my teeth and friends and family of mine that have past experience at the happy tooth. I have to say I enjoy being around every employee that works there. They are always so kind to me and give me the best experience when going to my appointments. Janet is always so helpful at the front desk and explains everything so thoroughly to me when I ask questions and so does the doctor and everyone in the back working on me and others teeth. If I had to recommend anyone that needed braces to an orthodontist it would have to be this one. I love The Happy Tooth and wouldn't have traded this experience for anything.
18:05 09 Mar 17
We're Experienced Orthodontists
Orthodontics is a long-term relationship that involves very personal interaction. Therefore, it’s important to make sure your orthodontist has a personality and communication style that meshes well with yours. On top of that, he or she needs to have adequate orthodontic experience and training and be well versed in current orthodontic technology and procedures.
The Happy Tooth's orthodontic specialists are all members of the American Association of Orthodontists. They have each taken an additional three years of post-graduate work in orthodontics beyond the four years of dental school required to practice general dentistry. You can trust that your smile is in good hands with The Happy Tooth orthodontics.
We know that you have many offices available to you for orthodontic care. Choosing the right orthodontist is a very important decision. At The Happy Tooth, we offer a complimentary new patient consultation to help you make the right decision when seeking an orthodontist for yourself or a member of your family.
At The Happy Tooth, we care about our patients and treat you like family. During your complimentary new patient consultation, our staff will gladly answer any questions you have about orthodontic treatment. We want you to feel comfortable with your orthodontic treatment decisions – and happy with the results for years to come.
Call The Happy Tooth today to request your free new-patient consultation. Visit our locations page to find the convenient North Carolina location closest to you.
The Happy Tooth is a network of family-owned orthodontic and dental offices serving communities throughout North Carolina and Southern Virgina. We truly care about helping you and your family achieve your healthiest smiles! We are proud to be the only Elite Preferred Invisalign Provider in Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Mount Airy and Burgaw; and one of only two Elite Providers in Raleigh and Wake Forest. Learn more about us >>