About Our Office

The team at Chapel Hill – E Franklin offers a breadth of orthodontic services to meet the needs of kids, teens, and adults. Helping our patients reveal confident smiles through tailored orthodontic treatment plans is our goal. If you’re looking for braces or Invisalign® aligner options from a family orthodontist near you, book your FREE consultation online or by phone today.

  • Affordable monthly payment options and discounts are available for qualifying patients
  • Most dental insurance plans accepted
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1506 E Franklin St,
Ste 304,
Chapel Hill, NC, 27514-2825
Monday - Friday: 9am-5pm

About Our Office

The team at Chapel Hill – E Franklin offers a breadth of orthodontic services to meet the needs of kids, teens, and adults. Helping our patients reveal confident smiles through tailored orthodontic treatment plans is our goal. If you’re looking for braces or Invisalign® aligner options from a family orthodontist near you, book your FREE consultation online or by phone today.

  • Affordable monthly payment options and discounts are available for qualifying patients
  • Most dental insurance plans accepted
Smith and Heymann Orthodontics Logo_Vector_Nonbrand_Color_PMS
1506 E Franklin St,
Ste 304,
Chapel Hill, NC, 27514-2825
Monday - Friday: 9am-5pm

Orthodontic Services Available

Braces

Smith and Heymann Orthodontics offers metal and ceramic braces to suit our patient’s needs. Our orthodontists can develop a custom orthodontic treatment plan for kids, teens, and adults.

Invisalign® Aligners

A clear alternative to traditional braces, Invisalign® aligners are a convenient choice for adults and teens looking to discreetly straighten their teeth with clear aligners.

Retainers

Keep your smile beautiful with clear or fixed retainers from Smith and Heymann Orthodontics. Our orthodontists can fit a new or existing patient for a retainer and offer retainer repairs and replacements if needed.

Current Offers

Everyone deserves a confident and affordable smile. Convenient monthly payments and discounts are available for qualifying patients. We accept most insurance plans and will check your coverage during your FREE initial consultation.

Pay in Full
Discounts when you pay in full for treatment

* Some restrictions & exclusions may apply.

Military Discount
10% off braces or Invisalign® aligners

A special offer for service members and family

* Some restrictions & exclusions may apply.

Family Plan
Discounts when multiple family members start treatment

* Some restrictions & exclusions may apply.

Meet Our Orthodontists in Chapel Hill – E Franklin

Dempsey Smith
Dr. Dempsey Smith

Dr. Smith is a native of North Carolina, valedictorian of his high school, top of his class in dental school, and lauded graduate of UNC. I guess you could say he was really good in school. However, we think it’s his passion for people and what orthodontics can accomplish to improve their lives that really sets him apart. As a board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Smith creates beautiful smiles in our community every day.

Education & Experience

Dr. Smith spent years studying to become an orthodontist. As a committed student, he remained at the top of his class throughout his undergraduate and graduate careers. After completing dental school, Dr. Smith went on to serve in the Navy for four years, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Dr. Smith is certified by the American Board of Orthodontists, something less than 30% of orthodontists achieve. Today, Dr. Smith cherishes the opportunity to create healthy, beautiful smiles for patients of all ages throughout Chapel Hill, Durham, Mebane, and Roxboro.

Outside of the Office

Dr. Smith lives in Durham with his wife and former high school sweetheart and their three kids.

Gavin Heymann
Dr. Gavin Heymann

Dr. Gavin Heymann was born and raised in the Chapel Hill/Durham area. Ever since he was young, he knew he wanted a career that would help people. As a board-certified orthodontist, he does just that by improving people’s health—and lives—by improving their smiles.

Education & Experience

Dr. Heymann graduated from Chapel Hill High School and pursued his undergraduate education at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in biology. He went on to attend the UNC School of Dentistry, from which he graduated with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the top of his class in 2005. Dr. Heymann remained at UNC for his specialty training in orthodontics, where he received the Andrew McArthur Brooks Fellowship, as well as earned a Master of Science and an orthodontic certificate from one of the most well-respected orthodontic programs in the world. Dr. Heymann is certified by the American Board of Orthodontists, something less than 30% of orthodontists achieve.

Outside of the Office

Dr. Heymann currently lives in Chapel Hill with his wife and two daughters.

Katya Skillestad
Dr. Katya Skillestad

Dr. Kat grew up just south of Charlotte, North Carolina, but she was actually born in the former USSR and came to the United States as a baby. She even speaks fluent Russian! As a board-certified orthodontist, she is passionate about providing the best care for everyone who visits her office.

Education & Experience

Dr. Kat attended UNC, where she earned her undergraduate and dental degrees. From there, she went on to study orthodontics at Texas A&M University in Dallas, where she won the prestigious award of Resident of the Year from an esteemed orthodontic journal. Upon graduating, Dr. Kat moved to Durham and has been creating beautiful smiles for children, teens, and adults throughout the area ever since. Dr. Kat is certified by the American Board of Orthodontists, something less than 30% of orthodontists achieve.

Outside of the Office

Dr. Kat and her husband Garrett reside in Durham with their crazy dog, Sully. In their spare time, the pair enjoys traveling and volunteering, hiking, and playing board games.

Dempsey Smith
Gavin Heymann
Katya Skillestad

Our Orthodontists in Smith and Heymann Orthodontics - Chapel Hill

Dempsey Smith
Gavin Heymann
Katya Skillestad
Dempsey Smith Gavin Heymann Katya Skillestad
Dr. Dempsey Smith

Dr. Smith is a native of North Carolina, valedictorian of his high school, top of his class in dental school, and lauded graduate of UNC. I guess you could say he was really good in school. However, we think it’s his passion for people and what orthodontics can accomplish to improve their lives that really sets him apart. As a board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Smith creates beautiful smiles in our community every day.

Education & Experience

Dr. Smith spent years studying to become an orthodontist. As a committed student, he remained at the top of his class throughout his undergraduate and graduate careers. After completing dental school, Dr. Smith went on to serve in the Navy for four years, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Dr. Smith is certified by the American Board of Orthodontists, something less than 30% of orthodontists achieve. Today, Dr. Smith cherishes the opportunity to create healthy, beautiful smiles for patients of all ages throughout Chapel Hill, Durham, Mebane, and Roxboro.

Outside of the Office

Dr. Smith lives in Durham with his wife and former high school sweetheart and their three kids.

Dr. Gavin Heymann

Dr. Gavin Heymann was born and raised in the Chapel Hill/Durham area. Ever since he was young, he knew he wanted a career that would help people. As a board-certified orthodontist, he does just that by improving people’s health—and lives—by improving their smiles.

Education & Experience

Dr. Heymann graduated from Chapel Hill High School and pursued his undergraduate education at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in biology. He went on to attend the UNC School of Dentistry, from which he graduated with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the top of his class in 2005. Dr. Heymann remained at UNC for his specialty training in orthodontics, where he received the Andrew McArthur Brooks Fellowship, as well as earned a Master of Science and an orthodontic certificate from one of the most well-respected orthodontic programs in the world. Dr. Heymann is certified by the American Board of Orthodontists, something less than 30% of orthodontists achieve.

Outside of the Office

Dr. Heymann currently lives in Chapel Hill with his wife and two daughters.

Dr. Katya Skillestad

Dr. Kat grew up just south of Charlotte, North Carolina, but she was actually born in the former USSR and came to the United States as a baby. She even speaks fluent Russian! As a board-certified orthodontist, she is passionate about providing the best care for everyone who visits her office.

Education & Experience

Dr. Kat attended UNC, where she earned her undergraduate and dental degrees. From there, she went on to study orthodontics at Texas A&M University in Dallas, where she won the prestigious award of Resident of the Year from an esteemed orthodontic journal. Upon graduating, Dr. Kat moved to Durham and has been creating beautiful smiles for children, teens, and adults throughout the area ever since. Dr. Kat is certified by the American Board of Orthodontists, something less than 30% of orthodontists achieve.

Outside of the Office

Dr. Kat and her husband Garrett reside in Durham with their crazy dog, Sully. In their spare time, the pair enjoys traveling and volunteering, hiking, and playing board games.

Awards & Certifications

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In the Community

Our team members make a difference in our communities every day. Whether we are putting on events at our clinics or hosting tooth talks in the schools, filling backpacks with supplies or donating time to those in need, creating smiles is our passion.