Meet Your Clinton Orthodontist

Dr. Wesley

Dr. Gerald W. Wesley is a native of southeast Michigan. He grew up in the town of Marine City where he enjoyed the outdoors as well as athletics that included football, basketball and track.

Dr. Wesley graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences in 2009. He then attended the University of Detroit Mercy’s School of Dentistry where he graduated with honors in 2014, earning his D.D.S. His education continued at Detroit Mercy until he completed his Orthodontic specialty program and earned an M.S. in Orthodontics in 2016. During his time in Detroit Mercy’s Orthodontic program, he completed his thesis that dealt with TMJ, condylar morphology, and cone beam computed tomography. This experience greatly broadened his knowledge of the gnathologic system.

Dr Wesley is a committed lifelong student! He has logged over 70 hours of continuing education credits in this past year alone. His orthodontic interest are focused on advancing technologies and any topic that involves treating the person as a whole (beyond the smile!). This includes airway-friendly treatment, temporomandibular joint management, and soft tissue management.

Why an Orthodontist in Clinton?

Orthodontist vs. Dentist

An orthodontist is a dentist, but a dentist is not an Orthodontist. All orthodontists are dentists first, but though not every dentist has the qualifications to be an orthodontist. Dr. Wesley continued his formal education for 2 or 3 additional years before receiving the necessary license and certification. As an orthodontist, Dr. Wesley has spent years studying nothing but how and why to move teeth. This includes what to do, how to plan, and how to execute the appropriate treatment plan.

Why does it matter if you see your Clinton Orthodontist?

Specialists receive additional training to give them the skills needed to deal with more complex orthodontic problems. Dentists receive basic orthodontic training which allows them to perform root canals, extract wisdom teeth, and treat young children who do not need to see an orthodontist yet.

Seeing a specialist like your Clinton orthodontist may change your experience in braces by:

    • Providing additional treatment options.
    • Giving you more efficient treatment and visits, because it is the office's primary area of care.
    • Knowing that you'll receive the best possible outcome on your treatment plan, especially if you have severe bite problems that need to be addressed.
    • Personal experience treating multiple cases that share your unique concerns
    • Being seen more quickly, as a family dentist will be focused on longer patient cases or emergencies throughout the day.
    • You may think it's easier to have your orthodontic work completed by your dentist. Convenience shouldn't be a concern, because you will only be stopping by your Clinton orthodontist's offices every six to eight weeks.

 

And don't let price be a problem either! Lifetime Orthodontics is proud to provide affordable treatment in the Clinton area.