Patient Testimonials


We often get to work with amazing golden-agers, and are grateful to Ruth for being so enthusiastic about sharing her experience as a Willes Ortho patient! (Who knew braces could be such a great anti-aging strategy? Lol.) Take a look at what Ruth had to say, then keep scrolling down to read reviews from many more happy patients.

Our goal is always to take the best care of our awesome patients and their families, but sometimes it feels like they’re the ones taking wonderful care of us. Such is the case with these testimonials: Our patients made our day with their willingness to contribute these quotes when we were working on our website.

The original plan had been to use just a few favorites from the many submitted, but they ALL turned out to be our favorites. See what we mean when we say we have THE BEST PATIENTS anywhere?! And their trust in Willes Orthodontics means the world to us. We hope you find these reviews helpful in your search for the best orthodontist for yourself and your family. (Feel free to stop reading whenever you've seen enough—we really did include a zillion-ish.)

We've had a great experience with Willes Orthodontics over the past several years! They are such a friendly and accommodating group that yield fantastic results. We're two kids now out of braces and one more to go. We highly recommend Dr. Willes and staff.
~ The Jensen Family

Dr. Willes has helped give our three kids and now their mom a wonderful smile! As an adult who never had braces, Dr. Willes was able to give me the smile I wanted when other orthodontists said it couldn’t be done without pulling some teeth, which I didn’t want to do at my age. Dr. Willes and his staff are very knowledgeable, friendly and really listen and care about their patients. I would highly recommend Dr. Willes—no fancy or expensive gimmicks—just the best orthodontic care!  
~ Gina

Great customer service and exceptional hands on care. Dr. Willes educated us during each step of the way. His staff put us at ease when we had to schedule appointments and ask questions. They even helped our financial situation by allowing me to do payments. Would definitely recommend, and am very pleased with our results.
~ Marla

All three of our teenagers got traditional braces from Dr. Willes. We lived in San Diego when we first started to see Dr. Willes and drove all the way to Carlsbad because he’s worth the drive. All three of our kids have beautiful smiles. I opted for Invisalign® and am really happy with the results. I was very picky about how I wanted my teeth to look, and Dr. Willes took all the time necessary to understand what my concerns were and address them. He explains what is and isn’t possible. One of my friends got Invisalign from a regular dentist, and the results were not so good. You only have one set of teeth. Seek out the best. Dr. Willes and his staff are super friendly and professional.
~ Sue

I did not want to get braces! But I am glad I did! I have had the best experience with Dr. Willes and his team. They are all committed to making my smile perfect. They are so flexible and know how to make all their guests happy and feel special. Thank you.
~ Sindia

Dr. Willes and the staff are simply amazing. They are helpful, nice, professional, knowledgeable. Every time we go there it is a joyful experience, even for my daughter who is not a patient.
~ Negar

If there was a sixth-star option—Willes Orthodontics would deserve it! Getting braces when you're 35 isn't fun...but Dr. Willes and his team provided me with an incredible orthodontic experience, so I was able to manage it!  The office is welcoming and you feel like family when you're there. Their communication—starting with a personal phone call from Dr. Willes the day that you get your braces on to see how you're feeling to follow-up reminders for your appointments to making insurance/billing seamless—deserves six-stars. Over the course of the two or so years—I received treatments/adjustments from all of the assistants—each of them are very professional and consistent in excellent work! I hope that my kids don't need braces, but if they do—they'll be seeing Dr. Willes without a doubt!
~ Danny

The Willes ortho team has always been so polite and accommodating to our busy schedule needs! We never have to wait long, and we are in and out quickly. I would highly recommend them! 
~ Kendra

Dr. Willes really is the best! He is thorough, thoughtful, meticulous, and he genuinely cares about his patients in a way that I have never experienced in any other office. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone who wants a better smile.
~ Jeremy

Dr. Willes has treated four of our children. They have needed everything from a Herbst appliance to making space and bringing an uncooperative tooth down and into its proper place. Every one of our children has had a great experience working with Dr. Willes and his staff. After treatment they feel more confident in their smile, which is a great boost in how they feel about themselves. I also love Carrie’s personal reminder phone calls. They have helped us not miss our appointments on more than one occasion.
~ Becky

I had the best experience at Willes Orthodontics! After considering braces for a couple years, I finally made the decision to get adult braces late last year. I am so happy with my results and now wish I would have done it sooner. The staff was so kind and Dr. Willes is beyond knowledgeable. I highly recommend Willes Orthodontics if you are looking for an orthodontist.
~ Channel

Dr. Willes and team are great! They all exceeded my expectations as far as professionalism and delivering what they promised. My smile is perfect! Thanks Dr. Willes and staff.
~ Laurie

Dr. Willes and the entire staff are amazing! They explained things clearly and were always respectful and kind. I now, at age 70, have a perfect smile!
~ Susan

As a dental hygienist who has practiced in Carlsbad for 28 years who has never heard anything but rave reviews from patients and dentists alike, Dr. Willes is the #1 referral of our office. Because of this, he is the orthodontist I chose for myself and my family. His work is excellent and he is caring, gentle, trustworthy and takes the time to listen to what you want.
~ Diana

My wife and I had noticed our teeth had shifted over the years. We made an appointment with Dr. Willes to have them checked out. The staff was very kind and helpful and Dr. Willes did a wonderful job explaining all of the options. We ended up going with Invisalign. Exceptional service!
~ Ron

Dr. Willes and team are the absolute best. Everyone was so professional, nice, and relaxed. Every time I walked in the front door, I was greeted with a warm smile that just made me always feel welcomed! Dr. Willes was able to answer each of my questions about braces! And in little over a year, I now have my perfect smile! Highly recommend Dr. Willes and his staff.
~ Melissa

Carrie, the front office staff, is genuine and very helpful.... the rest of the staff are also very helpful and genuine which can be rare in some cases today. As far as Dr. Willes, well, he is just awesome, he will not recommend something you don't need regardless of price for him, this is about you and your smile, and he is just as friendly as his staff. Love them!
~ Teresa

If you are looking for an Orthodontic office, this is the best one out there! Since day one, Dr. Willes and his staff made me feel like family. They all knew my name and made me feel so welcome and taken care of. If I ever needed anything, I knew I could count on Dr. Willes. I would recommend him and his staff a hundred times over!! Thank you for everything!
~ Mckynna

When I saw the photos of my daughter's wedding day smile, I literally thought "Thank you, Dr. Willes!" The Willes Orthodontics team did such a beautiful job on four of our children, as well as replacing my own 30-year-old lingual retainer! Thank you from all of us!
~ Kelly

We love Willes Orthodontics. Dr. Willes is so kind and patient. All of the staff treats us like family. Whenever we have needed to change an appointment, we been able to easily do so. Also, when we have a need, an unexpected visit, they have taken my child in quickly and helped her. They do a fun annual activity for the patients, as well, that the kids look forward to, like ice skating, or a big movie screening. We are 100% happy with Willes Orthodontics.
~ Amanda

I would like to recommend Dr Willes as your orthodontic specialist. When he assessed my daughter for her crossbite, he was thoughtful, systematic and thorough beyond external layer of appearance but also considered the anatomical and functional aspects of my daughter's face long-term. You can see the ingenuity in the organization and arrangement of his office, and you will appreciate the integrity, kindness, and transparency of Dr Willes and his staff. My family is grateful for their care.
~ Truclinh

Dr. Willes and his team are phenomenal. Excellent quality of work!!! The before and after results are astounding.
~ Anthony

I'll keep this simple. If you are in the area and seeking an orthodontist, look no further, this is where you need to be! They live by their mission statement. I couldn't be happier with my results!!! I love you guys and thank you for everything. SMILE.
~ BayBay

As soon as I stepped into Dr. Willes’s office, I knew I had found the right place and was in good hands. The staff is so knowledgeable but also so fun. After a few short months, I already can see the change in my smile and can’t wait to see the magic he and his staff created when it’s done! Thank you.
~ Samantha

My three children began seeing Dr. Willes when my oldest was in first grade. After 11 years, it was my turn for a tune-up of my own, long-ago orthodontia — and of course I chose to see Dr. Willes. Dr. Willes and his staff are always cheerful, helpful, and responsive. Dr. Willes takes the time to explain procedures, answer questions, and listen to concerns. I really appreciate that he offers several treatment options — and doesn’t always recommend the most expensive! Even when our family finishes orthodontic treatment, we will continue to recommend Dr. Willes.
~ Joan

“I chose Willes Orthodontics because of their personalized office, courteous staff, excellent quality of care and service, and the comfort and ease at which they put my child. Willes Orthodontics is a top-notch pick for orthodontic needs!”
~ Bernadette

Dr. Willes is extremely thorough, focused on perfect results, and at the same time very friendly. He was always willing to take time to explain each step of the treatment and why it was necessary and what I could do to shorten the treatment time and get the best results. My teeth came out perfect — just as he predicted at my initial appointment. They look and feel great. And the office environment and staff are very friendly and fun.
~ Ron

It’s not an orthodontic office, it’s a family.
~ Emily

The staff is so amazing and they are very caring with their patients. They really do want you to have your best smile!
~ Ellie

Our whole family has been to Willes Ortho and had a great experience. We get compliments about our smiles all the time. Dr. Willes has been fantastic. Once we got our braces off, we never looked at teeth the same way. We are so grateful to have awesome smiles!
~ Kathy

I was so excited to get my braces on about a year ago. Dr. Willes and his team are so kind! Who knew having braces would be so much fun! But I am looking forward to getting them off soon to show everyone my new smile!
~ Justin

Going to see Dr. Willes is fun because he and his staff always have a smile on their faces, and it’s contagious.
~ Antonio

Willes Ortho is a fantastic office. I had the experience of having braces years ago, and it was a positive experience, and now my children are being treated. Very friendly staff, and Dr. Willes takes personal interest in meeting all needs and providing a beautiful smile!
~ Koni

Dr. Willes and the entire staff are very patient and create a very warm and friendly experience. They take time to get to know you, and they are very accommodating.
~ Lisa 

Our children have been patients of this office for three-plus years. The level of care, commitment, and professionalism is beyond superior. We, as a family, we feel fortunate to part of this dental ‘family.’ 
~ Maureen

Dr. Willes and his entire staff are top notch. They really care about their patients, provide incredible results, and somehow manage to make orthodontics fun! Thanks for my daughter’s beautiful smile, Dr. Willes!
~ Cat

Dr. Willes has always taken time to check in with patient/parent at every visit and answer any questions. His obvious knowledge, professional training, and friendly presence make everyone relaxed and comfortable. However, Dr. Willes is only one reason why this has been such a positive experience. The support and office staff are equally friendly, patient, and always seem happy to be at work. I cannot speak highly enough of Willes Orthodontics.
~ Nicole

“Dr. Willes is a wonderful orthodontist. Always smiling, with great interest in giving top-notch care. All the members of his staff are great, too! I am happy to recommend Dr. Willes to anyone.”
~ Colleen 

Dr. Willes and his staff are so patient, caring, and thoughtful with our eight-year-old, Ellie. To quote Ellie, ‘He makes my smile even better!’ We are so fortunate to have these wonderful professionals provide such outstanding care to one of our most precious gifts.
~ Aimee

I just love this place. Always on time with appointments. The staff is always friendly, too. They also have games throughout the year, which make it fun for the kids!
~ Sabrina

Dr. Willes and his whole staff are amazing. I wouldn’t have had these great results without them.
~ Brian

Willes Ortho is one of my favorite places to be, whether it’s fixing my teeth or just talking to the staff.
~ Ceara

We were so pleased with the results we had with Dr. Willes for our son that we couldn’t wait to get our younger son started with him, too. Thanks for your professionalism and beautiful smiles!
~ Susan

We love Dr. Willes and his staff! Everyone is always positive and happy. My kids never mind going to the orthodontist, and in fact, they look forward to it!
~ Brandi

Dr. Willes has been great with helping my wife with her braces and now our son. So glad we found him! Thanks, Dr. Willes!
~ Patrick

Absolutely beautiful results for both of my children, and the staff is amazing!! I recommend Willes Ortho to everyone!
~ Jenna

Logan loves his braces and his experience with Dr. Willes. He is great with kids and has a very fun atmosphere. Logan’s teeth are looking great. I’m sure my younger son will be his future patient.
~ Colleen 

Willes Orthodontics is great! I wanted lower braces as my teeth had shifted from when I first had braces twenty years ago (and didn’t always wear my retainer). I couldn’t be more happy with my smile and Dr. Willes’s service. He is very gentle and nice, and his team is fantastic! Thank you.
~ Karen

Dr. Willes takes an interest in each patient. He is not just your orthodontist, he is your friend.
~ Shelly

Ten-star experience! Dr. Willes and his entire staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. You truly will come away assured that they care about your individual needs.
~ Cricket

The BEST staff EVER!! Everyone including Dr. Willes is always so friendly and helpful, we drive from San Marcos!
~ Nicolina

I did not want to get braces, but I am glad I did! I have had the best experience with Dr. Willes and his team. They are all committed to making my smile perfect. They are so flexible, and know how to make all their guests happy and feel special. Thank you.
~ Sindia

Dr. Willes is a great orthodontist. My son has enjoyed going to see him. Carrie is a great receptionist, always a friendly face when you walk in. We will definitely be referring Dr. Willes to friends.
~ Mimi

Great Doc! Great Staff!
~ Kelly

Dr. Willes and staff are very friendly and professional. I am very happy to be a patient here.
~ Courtney

The team at Willes Orthodontics treats us like family, and we’re so happy with our daughter’s progress. Only one more year to go with our firstborn, but Dr. Willes will be seeing our next three soon!
~ Amanda

Matthew is so excited to be going to Dr. Willes. We have already been treated like family! We’ve heard how professional and great with kids Dr. Willes is and look forward to a great orthodontic experience.
~ Kim

I love how my teeth turned out. Dr. Willes will make sure your teeth are perfect. I always felt like family in the office.
~ Gabe

I am so thankful to Dr. Willes and his staff for a great experience! I love my new smile and get so many compliments on my beautiful teeth! Thank you!
~ Lauren

“Dr. Willes is dedicated to creating perfect smiles. I always get compliments on my Willes Ortho smile.”
~ Christena

Dr. Willes and his staff are so friendly and make you feel so welcome. He is passionate about his work and has worked wonders on our daughter’s teeth. She has gained more confidence now with her smile.
~ Becky

Dr. Willes and his staff are so friendly and nice. I feel welcomed at every visit.
~ Naomi

Jay loves having Dr. Willes as his orthodontist! He makes us feel like family, and Jay can’t wait for his new smile.
~ Anna

Dr. Willes is so great with kids! The whole staff is super nice, and they make you feel like family. Trey loves his new smile!
~ Jolene

“I love how welcoming and inviting the whole staff is. They make the whole experience enjoyable.”
~ Grant

I love the t-shirts Willes Orthodontics gives to all their patients. The staff is also great. I always felt comfortable at the office. Dr. Willes rocks!
~ Emma

Our experience at Willes Orthodontics has been WONDERFUL! They make us feel like family!
~ Nancy

Note: This review takes a little more reading, but we really appreciate Bryce sharing his full experience with Dr. Willes and his philosophy of doing what is best for each patient. We hope it might be helpful to some of you, too.

“I came to Dr. Willes to correct my teeth with Invisalign. My teeth were getting more and more crooked ever since I stopped wearing my retainer when I was a teenager. My teeth weren't too crooked, but they had started moving and were just going to get worse.

I got quotes for Invisalign from several places in the area and they all seemed to be about the same price, but would only offer me the full Invisalign treatment which included 5 years of unlimited trays. Dr. Willes felt confident that we could get a successful result with Invisalign Lite which was quite a bit cheaper. No other orthodontist even offered it to me, just started into their sales pitch of the full treatment which I didn't need. While my case was definitely not common, I felt that Dr. Willes wasn't just trying to get what he could out of me, but knew what I needed.

While I went with Dr. Willes because of the reduced price, I'm most satisfied with how I was treated. Dr. Willes really knows what he is doing, and made slight changes to the treatment that any doctor just sending you home with trays wouldn't have done. He listened to my concerns and explained everything in detail. He even took the time to make adjustments to my trays.

At the end, my teeth and bite are perfect. I've read many stories online which say not to expect the first round to be right and that most people need to get several rounds of trays before they are happy. Maybe my case was minor enough and it wouldn't have been needed anyways, but Dr. Willes made several changes to the standard treatment plan and it worked great. If he had just given me the trays, my teeth would likely be overcorrected and crowded.

I'm not recommending Dr. Willes because he offered me a cheaper option. If I had waited a few more years and my teeth had been worse I probably would have needed the more expensive plan. My case was unique, and he handled it like a unique case instead of doing the easy thing and pushing me into something more expensive. It shows that he treats his patients with respect. Dr. Willes and his staff really do care, are incredibly kind, and take time to make sure things are done right.”

~ Bryce


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