We select our doctors for many reasons. Location or recommendation by a friend are the most common reasons. Often, the patient knows very little about the training or background of their dentist, so we would like to introduce you to some facts about our doctors.

Norma Cortez, DDS, PA

Born in Peru, Dr. Cortez came to the United States when she was 18 years old with a goal to pursue her education. With two athletic scholarships from MDCC, she did just that. Dr. Cortez obtained her undergraduate in Biology and her degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her time in dental school, she volunteered in various dental organizations designed to help the community around Chapel Hill. Once she finished dental school, she moved to the Wilmington area where she met her husband, George. Dr. Cortez, her husband, and their two children, Christian and Sebastian, currently live in Ogden along with their two dogs, Princess and Shane. They are excited to call Wilmington their home and are happy to be raising their family here! Dr. Cortez has won “best dentists” awards for several years in a row for the quality of care she provides.

Clifton Ball, DDS

Dr. Ball graduated from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry, cum laude, and practiced family dentistry in his hometown of Canton, Ohio, for five years. He then returned to Ohio State and received a master’s degree in orthodontics, practicing as a specialist in orthodontics for the next twenty-two years. Because of his love for family dentistry, Dr. Ball then spent the following fifteen years practicing as both a family dentist and as an orthodontist. During that time, he accumulated hundreds of hours of continuing education in a wide variety of topics related to clinical dentistry and orthodontics, receiving special certification from the Foundation for Advanced Continuing Education for two additional years of post-graduate studies of the teeth, jaw bones and jaw joints (TMJ). Few orthodontists in North Carolina have achieved this distinction. Dr. Ball is also a certified Invisalign® provider, and his experience will help to ensure your success with the treatment protocol that is best for your specific problems. As you can see, Dr. Ball is absolutely committed to excellence in dentistry and orthodontics.

We hope this thumbnail sketch will give you confidence in our doctor. We want you to know that our staff believes the finest dental service is based on a friendly, mutual understanding between the doctor, staff and patient. We want your orthodontic experience to be an enjoyable one while we uncover your family’s beautiful smiles in a spirit of mutual cooperation.

We thank you for the compliment of contacting our office about your family’s orthodontic concerns and look forward to a future relationship sharing with you the best orthodontic care available today.

Alexander Hicks, DMD

Dr. Alexander Hicks earned his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He practiced general dentistry for two years in Pennsylvania before relocating to North Carolina with his family.

Dr. Hicks is committed to providing the highest quality dental care in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. He has dedicated countless hours of continuing education to digital dentistry techniques to provide his patients with accurate and reliable results. He is widely recognized for his attention to detail and gentle care of patients.

Outside of the office, Dr. Hicks spends most of his time with his wife and dog at the beach or relaxing by the pool. He can also be found playing pickleball with his friends.

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