by Ashley Daniels
Open since April 2015, Happy Teeth offers comprehensive dental care for the entire family, from routine cleanings, to fillings, crowns, sealants, implants, extractions, X-rays, and more.
“Our aim is to have a friendly atmosphere for children of all ages,” says owner Dr. Marlene Mendez, “where they can have a positive experience and learn the building blocks needed to keep their smile healthy.”
Hence the ever-appropriate name, Happy Teeth.
“We want each visit here to be a happy experience, so we only work at their comfort level,” adds Mendez.
Mendez, originally from South Carolina (her high school alma mater is North Myrtle Beach High), graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Florida and worked as a dental director at Little River medical Center before she opened her own practice.
She’s joined at the office by two dental hygienists, Jessica and Kelly, who both know just how to treat young clients with the right TLC. Dr. Katie Riesenberg joined the team in February.
Reisenberg, originally from Ohio, covers dental appointments at the Happy Teeth office from 9am to 5pm, while Mendez spends her days at area schools through her school-based dental program.
“The program is important because it’s hard to get kids to the dentist during the day,” she says. “Sometimes it’s because they don’t have the means of transportation or it’s impossible for the parents to take off work, or there’s limited insurance. We want to make sure they don’t miss their dentist appointment.”
And Mendez loves Happy Teeth’s location at the Market Common because of how convenient it is for families.
“All the kids in the family can come here at the same time and then go get ice cream or dinner at one of the restaurants right after,” she says.