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Dr Wesley’s Invisalign Journey Episode 12: Bonding the Motion Appliance

February 6, 2020

Today is another huge milestone in my Invisalign journey! In this episode, we have a very special guest. Someone who I admire deeply and is one of the greatest orthodontists I know. The things I’ve learned about perseverance, hard work, and attention to detail all originated from this man. I am honored to have my original orthodontist, my father, Dr. Gerald Martin Wesley with us on this episode. On this... Read More

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How To Clean Your Retainers

December 23, 2019

In this video, Heather shows you how to take care of your orthodontic retainer. Remember all of the hard work that you went through to get your beautiful smile. Everything in our body is constantly changing. Our teeth are no different! The best way to make sure that you keep them nice and straight is to wear your retainer. Retainers may wear down over time but if you take good... Read More

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Dr Wesley’s Invisalign Journey Episode 11: Getting “The Tooth” Extracted

December 17, 2019

Dr Wesley continues his Invisalign Journey after a small hiatus. In this video, he finally gets the rate limiting step out of the way. That is, he gets "The Tooth" taken out! There are some semi-graphic scenes of the tooth and some medical equipment. If that kind of thing does not sit right with you then you may want to skip this episode. We want to send a special thanks... Read More

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Motion Appliance

November 27, 2019

If you had braces, it is likely that you have heard the term elastics (rubber bands). You probably had to wear them! Does this conjure up some fond memories for you? Memories of your parents yelling at you to put them on. Memories of your disappointed orthodontist. Memories of flinging these little rubber bands across the classroom at your friends! I know there are a few of you that are... Read More

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Dr Wesley’s Invisalign Journey Episode 10: Refinement Treatment Planning

October 7, 2019

Orthodontics is an awesome profession! It combines science, art, and critical thinking to produce and beautiful yet functional masterpiece. One of my favorite parts of Orthodontics, is treatment planning (coming up with the treatment and its sequence). It takes a lot of knowledge and though but is very rewording when you see your plan come to fruition. When we take out our refinement records, it is an opportunity for the... Read More

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Can I recycle my Invisalign trays?

September 24, 2019

In orthodontic offices all over the world, plastic mountains are created every single day. This is my dramatization of the mass amount of aligners that are delivered, unpacked and stored in our office every day. Like many offices, the number of aligners that come through our office each day is rapidly increasing. Just ask our “Invisaleader” who is assigned the daunting task of managing all of these aligner cases. Invisalign,... Read More

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Good luck to our Student-Athletes!

August 27, 2019

Football season is here! Growing up, a lot of my life revolved around sports. Football in particular seemed to occupy a lot of my time and energy. This past week I had the unique opportunity to return to my high school and speak to the young Marine City Mariners. Coach Glodich, who I worked with closely when I was there had reached out and asked if I could come "speak... Read More

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The Pink + Project

August 21, 2019

Lifetime Orthodontics Presents The Pink + Project The vision for Lifetime Orthodontics has always reached much further than just straight teeth. There are many ways to work in the field of orthodontics straightening teeth without taking on the hardships of running a business. Without these hardships, however, I would not be able to fulfill my higher missions. The mission to inspire and be inspired every single day. The mission to... Read More

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Dr Wesley’s Invisalign Journey Episode 9: Refinements

August 14, 2019

Refinements are a natural part of aligner therapy. I think that people often see the number of aligners and assume that they are done when they reach the last aligner. Orthodontist are well trained at assessing the types of movements that required to achieve your ideal results. When you are in a consultation, listen closely! They will often give you an estimated length of treatment. I find too often that... Read More

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Dr Wesley’s Invisalign Journey Episode 8: Chewies!

July 29, 2019

https://youtu.be/k5ZiogigyMQ Each aligner has a specific prescribed tooth movement for each individual tooth. To fully express the prescribed tooth movement, it is important that the teeth seat fully into the plastic aligners. Chewies can assist with this full expression and are fantastic for supplementing our desired tooth movements. In this video, Dr Wesley discusses Chewies and how to use them. Tips to remember: * Keep a Chewie in your aligner... Read More

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