We go the extra smile!
At BE Orthodontics, our team is always going the extra smile! We are a private orthodontic practice owned by two female doctors, with locations in Smyrna and Marietta, GA. Our doctors and team are truly a family, and we can’t wait to welcome you into it and help you achieve the smile you have always wanted.
We love to have fun while providing expert care, so you can expect that no matter your age or what treatment you are receiving with us, you are going to feel comfortable and welcomed! We are proud to work with patients of all ages, providing a variety of braces options to help you achieve a functional and beautiful smile.
Our team can’t wait to meet you and help you achieve a smile you love! So come visit us at one of our offices; call our Smyrna office at (770) 432-6070 or our Marietta location at (770) 420-7071, and we will schedule you for a complimentary consultation!
Meet Our Doctors
Kathy Bailey-Bruster, DDS, MS, MPH
I thoroughly enjoy being an orthodontist and look forward to going to work every day. I love giving people beautiful and healthy smiles. However, the best part of my day is the personal interaction I have with my patients. I am lucky to be part of their lives during treatment and enjoy hearing about them as well as their families and friends. The smiles I create add joy to their lives and their visits add joy to mine.
In order to be an orthodontist, I attained the following credentials:
Undergraduate Degree, University of Alabama of Tuscaloosa, 1987
DDS, Meharry Dental School of Dentistry, 1991
Master of Public Health, University of Alabama School of Dental Public Health of Birmingham, 1992
Master of Science, University of Alabama School of Birmingham for Orthodontics, 1995
Orthodontics is always evolving with new technologies, and I strive to provide the most modern and effective treatments for my patients. As part of my continuing education, I take courses through the American Association of Orthodontists, the Southern Association of Orthodontists, Align Technologies, Opal Orthodontics, and the University of Alabama. I also attend Invisalign Summit courses to ensure my patients receive the most effective Invisalign treatments available. I enjoy expanding my knowledge and expertise through continuing education, and bringing those new skills to my practice to benefit my patients.
Dedication to Orthodontics
It is incredibly gratifying to me to help change someone’s life for the better through a great smile. I get to know my patients throughout treatment, and in the end, seeing their proud, healthy smiles is my greatest reward. My patients often tell me I have changed their lives for the better because they have improved self-confidence after orthodontic treatment. I take great pride in what I do, and always strive to provide better, more comfortable treatments.
Family and Community
I am originally from Jacksonville, Alabama, and have lived in Smyrna since 1995. My husband, Sherman, and I have two wonderful daughters named Kayla and Baleigh. In my spare time, I enjoy working out, running in marathons, watching my children play soccer, and spending time with my girlfriends.
As an active member of our community, I am a soccer enthusiast with Top Hats, a member of the Mount Paran Baptist Church and I have participated in the ING Georgia Marathon Road Race as well as the Peachtree Road Race.
Portia Ellis Carter, DDS, MS
As an orthodontist, I create beautiful, healthy smiles that my patients love to show off. Sharing smiles means sharing joy, and I am grateful to have the ability to bring happiness into our community! I know that my patients put great trust in me by coming to see me. I strive for perfection in every orthodontic treatment I provide. I want all our patients and families to feel completely at home here. My staff and I go the extra mile to make you feel welcome and appreciated.
In order to become an orthodontist, I attained the following credentials:
Bachelor Degree, Xavier University of New Orleans, 1988
DDS, Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, NYC, 1992
General Practice Residency, VAMC NJ, 1994
Master of Science, Medical College of Georgia of Augusta for Orthodontics, 1996
Since starting my practice, I have continued my orthodontic and dental education in order to ensure that my patients always receive the highest quality and most comfortable treatments. I have taken courses through the American Association of Orthodontists, the Southern Association of Orthodontists, Align Technologies, Opal Orthodontics, and the Invisalign Summit. My continuing education helps me utilize updated clinical procedures and also manage our practice so we can provide a truly relaxing and wonderful experience for our patients. I am a member of the National Dental Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon.
In the Practice
I became a dentist in 1992 and soon decided that I wanted to specialize in orthodontics. I finished my orthodontic residency in 1996 and have been serving our community since then. I truly love what I do, because we don’t just create great smiles, we share them every day at every appointment! We want our patients to have a positive and rewarding experience here; a place where the whole family looks forward to orthodontic visits.
At the end of treatment, my goal is to exceed the expectations of our patients or parents. Whether that means a beautiful smile, faster treatment, a comfortable experience or a personal connection, we want to know our patients well enough to give them exactly what they want and more!
Family and Community
I grew up in Fort Valley, GA and now I am a resident of the Cobb County community. My husband, Wayne, and I have three sons (Aaron, Devon and Maddox) as well as a daughter (Marlee).
I am an active member of our community and pride myself as a true servant and volunteer. I attend Cumberland Community Church of Smyrna. I have been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for over 35 years and have transitioned into being a life member.
When I am not in the office, I enjoy playing/watching tennis, reading, playing board games, shopping, travelling, mentoring and of course interacting with my kids.
Meet Our Team
Smyrna Office Manager
Hi there! I make sure that everything runs smoothly in both our offices. My highest priority is our patients’ comfort and satisfaction. The best part of my job is getting to know patients and discovering what we can improve to make their orthodontic experience even better! I am known as THE BOSS to everyone even the doctors. They empower me to do the best job that I can do and that makes working here very nice. I do make my bark worse than my bite because I am the shortest of the bunch and have to make sure they hear me all the way down here! Sometimes short people get no respect! I spend precious time with my hubby, children, grandkids, and dogs and I love it!
Smyrna Treatment Coordinator
I am back home and in a brand new position! As treatment coordinator, I am responsible for seeing all the new patients during their consultations. I help to make the transition into treatment a smooth one. Dr. Bruster and Dr. Carter are wonderful to work with. They are both very caring and compassionate about their patients. The staff on the other hand gives me side glances because I am the one that keeps them very busy. I must wear soft-soled shoes now so I can sneak in the clinic and sneak out. A song has
been pinned for me as I walk down the BE trail! Hilarious! Nevertheless, I enjoy coming to work everyday! In my family, my husband and I have one son and a brand new daughter-in-law. We have two golden retrievers, Max and Jack. We love to go camping and to the beach. We are huge and I mean
HUGE baseball fans; we love our braves! I am so happy to be back home with my BE family!
Smyrna Patient Coordinator
Hey there! I am the first and brightest face you see in the morning in the Smyrna office. I started to work for BE Orthodontics in 2014 and had some tough shoes to fill, but I did it! My “super” talent is remembering the names of patients with little to no clues. As a patient coordinator, that is a good talent to have because I have the ability to talk to people as if I have always known them. It is weird to come to work and laugh all day, but that is what we do. You know what they say? Laughter is good for the soul and we do plenty. In my time away from my BE family, I love to spend time with my husband, Stacy, my 3 daughters and 2 dogs. In addition to that family time, my next favorite past time is having weekend getaways. Hmmmm……one is on my mind right now!
Marietta Patient and Treatment Coordinator
Hey Y’all! I am known as “smiling faces” …I smile because it is easy! I also hold the position of the patient coordinator at the Marietta office. So if you need me, pick up the phone and I will make sure I take care of you with a smile. I initially started working with BE Orthodontics as an orthodontic assistant, took a little hiatus from dentistry and was hired in my current permanent position in 2012. I am in my element because I can greet and smile all day whether it is on the phone or a patient coming through the door. Working with the doctors and staff is very easy for me because it is like being with family. You would think I get tired of smiling and laughing, but I never do! I spend a lot of my time with my family and hubby, Linwood, relaxing, exercising and participating in church events.
Hello, I am an orthodontic assistant, born and raised in Atlanta; a Georgia peach! I have been working in in our practice since 2005. You did notice that I said “our”? That is because they will NEVER be able to get rid of me! I help our doctors position braces and bands, deliver removable and fixed appliances, collect full diagnostic records, take Invisalign records, monitor daily lab activities and other clinical duties. I have been in the dental field since 1997 and I truly love helping people get the smiles of their dreams. I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2012, by the grace of God I am a nine-year survivor! This is a true family in every sense of the word! Why would I leave? When I am not working (which is rare because everyone knows that I LOVE to work), I like to spend time with my husband and daughter, shop, talk (yes, and I do get in trouble for that in the clinic) politics and I LOVE to do some HOT YOGA! Yes, that is me!
Brandon “Sky” Darden
Sky…that’s me! I am the ONLY testosterone in the bunch and I like it that way! I have been with BE Orthodontics since 2008 and I love my job as an orthodontic assistant because it is challenging. I love my job as the office comedian because I have a gift of making people laugh even when they do not feel like it. A smile is contagious and it makes me feel good to make a kid or adult who is nervous laugh and feel comfortable. I tend to get in trouble a lot, but all I have to do is make the doctors laugh and I am forgiven (most of the time). My colleagues and the doctors provide a great working environment because they do care and have the drive to help everyone. Believe it or not, sometimes they make me laugh. I enjoy spending time with my daughter Nykia, playing basketball and playing music.
Hey there! I am an orthodontic assistant born and raised in Atlanta. I am glad to be a part of this wonderful BE family! I am the more serious one of the bunch but don’t count me out. I love to have fun and laugh because that really helps the day go by better. With 30+ years in the field, I can truly say that I have a genuine concern for the well being of every patient that comes through the door. I must say that I am not technology savvy, but that is why I surround myself with everyone who is! Thanks Jennifer! In my spare time, I like to shop, go to concerts (I LOVE WILL DOWNING), travel and spend time with my husband as well as my family.