Young child at one of their first pediatric dental appointments. You can see that the office around this father and son has been designed with child psychology in mind.

Smile Brighter at Your Local Chapel Hill Orthodontist & Pediatric Dentist Office

To have a smile they truly feel proud of! We are dedicated to helping our adult and pediatric patients achieve their dream smile with pediatric dental care and orthodontic treatment.

We are also dedicated to fostering a warm, welcoming, and respectful environment. If you’re looking for a Chapel Hill orthodontics office or pediatric dentist in the Chapel Hill, Durham, or Hillsborough areas, request an appointment today!  You’ll experience the best orthodontist and pediatric dentist in Chapel Hill!

Our Orthodontic Services

For more than 25 years, our team at Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry has helped folks achieve beautiful smiles. With the use of clear aligners and braces, Dr. Clifton can transform the smiles of people of all ages, building their confidence and improving their overall oral health.

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We use braces or other smile-guiding appliances to address early childhood bite issues, keep development on track, and identify small problems before they become bigger headaches. This kind of intervention is called “early treatment.”

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners like Invisalign and Spark use clear plastic trays to straighten teeth over time. Patients can easily remove them to eat, drink, and brush, which makes these practically-invisible aligners a great fit for patients who want discreet and convenient treatment.


Modern braces have come a long way! Forget the clunky and highly visible appliances of decades past. We offer a variety of braces that can accommodate practically any lifestyle and any look.

Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen can be an attractive alternative to more traditional metal braces. It offers teens with certain orthodontic challenges all the benefits of Invisalign, including convenience, discretion, and an app to keep them on track.

Damon® System

The Damon System offers a different kind of braces treatment with a specialized design that eliminates the need for elastic ties. Some patients feel this allows for less discomfort.


Keeping your teeth in their new, optimal position is the final stage of orthodontic treatment. Retainers do just that. At the end of treatment, we determine which one of our three retainer types works best for you!

Emergency Orthodontics

While orthodontic emergencies are quite rare, our team at Clifton & Mauney is ready to support you whether you’re dealing with a loose wire, general discomfort, or other complications.

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Our Pediatric Dentistry Services

At Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, we think every child deserves the opportunity to have a smile that makes them look and feel their best. That’s why we’re so focused on whole-family orthodontics and providing the best preventive dental care, oral hygiene education, and treatment for children in and around Chapel Hill, Durham, and Hillsborough. 


Preventive care is an essential step in protecting your child’s smile from tooth decay, gum disease, and future dental problems. At your child’s regular cleanings, we educate you and your family on proper brushing and flossing techniques, how food impacts dental health, and what to do if you run into issues.

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Dental Visits

We want to see your kiddos when their first tooth comes in. This maybe earlier than 12 months. These early appointments allow us to share tips and best practices to keep your child’s mouth and teeth as healthy as possible. Our team will take a look at and clean any emerging teeth, check oral development, and answer any remaining questions you might have.


Dental X-rays are an important tool for getting a full picture of your child’s dental growth and development. We can also find issues that may not be apparent during regular cleanings. With a better understanding of any unique or underlying conditions, we can develop the best possible treatment plan.

Emergency Pediatric Dental Care

Sometimes emergencies happen! You can count on the team at Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry to help. 

If your child gets a permanent tooth knocked out, loses a filling, has a severe toothache or infection, call us to request an emergency appointment!

See Why People Love Our Practice

We have been with Drs. Clifton and Mauney for over 11 years. Their commitment and quality of care is outstanding! With three children, we've experienced every type of visit from routine to emergency and dental through orthodontics. The staff treats each of us like family and our kids always feel comfortable and at ease during their visits. In fact, our youngest developed a cavity and needed a filling and we were concerned about how he would fare during the treatment. Dr. Mauney is so skilled and gentle, our son never realized that a needle or drill had been used! We recommend this practice to all of our friends and are so grateful that we are part of this practice!

I've been a patient at Clifton & Mauney's for almost 16 years of my life. Never have a met a more welcoming and assistive staff in any workplace. All the dental hygienists and orthodontists are all friendly, highly professional, and all want to help you get to where you want to your desired result with your/your child's teeth. It almost breaks my heart that soon I'll be too old for pediatrics and have to leave this facility.

We were running late due to my work so I called and asked if we could still come and they were very accommodating. My daughter got right in and everyone was very nice. Always a welcome when we come in and Lisa greets my daughter by name.

Staff is very friendly and professional. Always greeted by a smile and receive a verbal visit summary by staff before leaving. The staff is great to work with!! We keep coming back...third son in orthodontics and daughter is considering the option.

We have been a part of this practice for about 15 yrs. Our experience began after my now 16 yr old suffered an injury to his mouth as a toddler. We have now had all 4 kids receive all of their dental and Ortho treatment here. The staff is precious and professional. The facility is state of the art yet comfortable. Wait times are short and yet they have made the waiting area very cozy. You cannot find a better pediatric dental practice anywhere!

We love Dr. Mauney (and Dr Clifton). The whole staff is so kind and supportive. My son once had a serious dental emergency on a Sunday afternoon. We were able to reach Dr. Chuck on the phone (through the office number) whole we were in the ER. He was such a huge help. He confirmed the treatment plan and told us "just bring him in tomorrow morning". So amazing. And btw, my son is a special needs kid and the staffers handled his issues with ease. Simply the best practice in the area. ​

Very efficiently run practice. Very personable staff. Drs Clifton and Mauney are warm, honest, experienced and very knowledgeable. Our 3 children have been coming here since they were young (18 mo), and now our oldest is 21yr. Just wish they accommodated adults--my husband and I would also be patients!

We love Clifton/Mauney for their caring staff and excellent service. We have never had a bad experience, and the staff does their best to accommodate our every need.

Have taken our daughter to Drs. Clifton and Mauney for 11 yrs or so. We've never been displeased with any facet of care.... The professionalism of the administrative staff makes it convenient and pleasant to come here, and from a clinical perspective the treatments have always been top-notch. What more could we ask for besides compassionate clinical care? We never hesitate to recommend the practice to friends with young children just starting pediatric dentistry. This practice is a real asset to our community.

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Who We Are

Our Orthodontist Dr. Clifton Smiling with a cup of coffee

Meet Dr. Clifton

Dr. Lenise Clifton, our orthodontist and a pediatric dentist, opened this practice with a small staff in 1997. A lot has changed since then, but she remains just as passionate about helping patients smile!

A native of Louisiana, Dr. Clifton moved to North Carolina after college and completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992. She also completed residencies in both pediatric dentistry and orthodontics at UNC. 

Meet Dr. Chuck

A pediatric dentist, Dr. Chuck Mauney, joined this practice a few years after his wife, Dr. Lenise Clifton established it in 1997.  Dr. Clifton and Dr. Chuck both love meeting new patients and families!

Dr. Chuck is from North Carolina. He earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry at North Carolina State University and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993. Dr. Chuck also has a Masters in Public Health, is board-certified, and has achieved Diplomate status with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

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Introducing Dr. Nash!

A pediatric dentist, Dr. Thurston Nash has recently joined our office. He makes a wonderful addition to the team and we are so thrilled to have him!

Meet The Team

Our team of highly skilled specialists at Clifton & Mauney is compassionate and customer-focused.

While we take our goal of providing top-tier customer service and expert care very seriously, we also take great strides to create a fun, relaxing, and family-oriented environment for our patients. You’re in good hands at Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry!

Our Office

We are conveniently located in Chapel Hill at 77 Vilcom Center Drive, Suite 310, off Weaver Dairy Road. Want to learn more about our awesome office? Take a virtual tour to discover the special features and comforts we implemented to make your time with us more enjoyable, or get a map and directions here.

Book Your Appointment at Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry Today!

If you are looking for expert orthodontic treatment and pediatric dental care in Chapel Hill, Durham, or Hillsborough, we encourage you to reach out for a consultation. At Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, we believe that open, honest communication is vital to successful treatment. When you’re here, we make you feel like family!

To learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation, call us at 888.339.8108 or request and appointment online. We can’t wait to help you and your family achieve your best smile for life!

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