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 reside in Mableton. My husband, Wayne, and I have three sons named Aaron, Devon and Maddox, and one daughter named Marlee. When I am not in the office, I enjoy tennis, reading, board games, shopping, and of course playing with my kids!
As an active member of our community, I am an active member of Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church, and I have been a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for over 28 years. I also participated in the Rally for a Cure Committee and I have been on the Springtime in the City committee at Peachtree Presbyterian Preschool for the last three years. I serve on the Board of Directors of the Adaptive Learning Center which is an organization that provides assistance to kids with a variety of learning differences. I am an active member of the Nickajack Elementary School. I was awarded the Max Bacon’s City of Smyrna 2014 Mayor’s Award Education in the volunteer category. I also joined a notable organization called Special Pops Tennis which is an organization that offers an adaptive tennis program specifically designed to share the lifetime sport of tennis with children and adults with intellectual disabilities. I have most recently added Assistant soccer coach to my resume (which I know nothing about) by helping out with the kids’ i9 Sports soccer team.
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!
Marietta Office Manager
Bio Coming Soon!
Smyrna Patient Coordinator
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Marietta Patient 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.
Smyrna Treatment Coordinator
Hello all! My name is Tracie and I have the privilege of being the treatment coordinator for the Smyrna office! I love my job and I love our patients! Each day I get to come to work and help change someone’s life by giving them more confidence and the perfect smile! I have worked for BE since 2000 and can help you navigate this new work of braces! If you have any concerns or questions about the orthodontic process or finances I’m the person you need! I hope you choose our family for all of your orthodontic needs!
Hello, I am an orthodontic assistant, and I have been working in our practice since 2005. 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 truly love helping people get the smiles of their dreams! When I am not in the office, I love spending time with my husband and daughter.
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.
As an orthodontic assistant, my duties include taking X-rays, adjusting retainers, ordering inventory, and patient checkout and scheduling and much more. I have been part of our wonderful team since 2001, and love taking the time to gain our patients’ trust. I am known around the office as an awesome resource….an encyclopedia of stuff people never think about. Yes, they laugh when I come up with an answer for some questions that are asked of me, but I know they respect me as a resource because they keep coming back. I am also known as Ms. Hospitality. Some of our patients are nervous coming in for the first time, and I enjoy chatting with them and making sure they are comfortable. However, my ultimate call in life is to save EVERY living creature there is. I have been known to pick up a wounded bird, a hit dog and I will probably nurse a spider back to health. But shhhh…got to keep this a secret because the doctors will kill me! After work, you can usually find me playing baseball with my husband and son.
Bio Coming Soon!
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