We at West Orthodontics couldn’t be prouder of the job that we’ve done putting straight and healthy smiles on the faces of all our patients. We’ve strived to offer the most effective array of orthodontic treatments, including braces and Invisalign, along with compassionate orthodontic care. While we all pride ourselves on the great work that we’ve done, it wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful Lansing

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 and DeWitt orthodontist. We’d like to introduce you to her right now – Dr. Kristine S. West!

Meet Kristine S. West, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Kristine S. West is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington University in St. Louis in 1988. After graduation, she moved to Chicago, where she attended Northwestern University Dental School, graduating first in her class. During dental school, Dr. West was honored to receive the Alpha Omega Scholar Award, the Dr. William S. Kramer Award of Excellence, and the Delta Sigma Delta Achievement Award. She then went on to complete her orthodontic specialty training and Master of Science degree in Orthodontics at the top-ranked University of Michigan Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. Her published master’s thesis focused on long-term facial growth into adulthood.

KW-Dance-picImmediately upon graduation from the orthodontic residency in 1995, Dr. West was invited to join the faculty at the University of Michigan and has been a part-time educator ever since. In the Orthodontics 770 course that she teaches every year to the orthodontic and pediatric residents, her focus is on the development of the occlusion and interceptive orthodontics – in other words, focusing on the treatment, growth, and development of adolescents that are between the ages of six and 13. Also after graduation, she spent ten years as a partner in the elite orthodontic practice of the world-renowned Dr. James McNamara, Jr., where she practiced part-time and continued to refine her knowledge of early orthodontic treatment.

Dr. West has lived and practiced orthodontics in the Lansing area since 1999. In 2012, Dr. West sold her private practice to be a stay-at-home mom and focus on her children and family. In addition to spending more time with her children and her husband after the sale of her practice, it was during this period that Dr. West became involved in competitive ballroom dance. Dr. West is passionate about ballroom dance and devotes much of her free time to practicing and preparing for ballroom competitions. She competes several times a year around the country as an amateur partnered with her dance pro and coach, Gage Clark.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. West is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. West maintains memberships with the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, Michigan Association of Orthodontists, Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists, and the Society of Orthodontic Educators.

Learn more about Dr. West.

Our Services

By coming to West Orthodontics, you’ll not only be taken care of by an exceptionally-qualified Lansing and DeWitt orthodontist who truly loves helping her patients, but you’ll also be treated to a wide array of effective services and treatments. Some of these services are as follows:

  • Metal Braces These are the traditional form of orthodontic treatment that utilizes metal brackets and wires to shift a patient’s teeth. They’re prevalent for a reason as they provide an effective and economical treatment.
  • Clear Braces While incredibly similar to metal braces, the main difference between the two is that clear braces utilize ceramic brackets, which allows for a much more discreet orthodontic treatment.
  • Lingual BracesUnlike metal and clear braces, which are placed on the fronts of teeth, lingual braces are placed on the backs of teeth, allowing for a virtually invisible orthodontic treatment.
  • Spartan Braces These braces are essentially designer braces where you’ll get a choice in the appearance of your braces.
  • Invisalign This advanced treatment uses clear aligners instead of brackets and wires to straighten a smile. It’s a discreet, comfortable, and very convenient orthodontic treatment.
  • Carriere This is an orthodontic correction appliance that can minimize – and sometimes even eliminate – the need for headgear.

Come Visit Your DeWitt and Lansing Orthodontist!

If you’re interested in meeting Dr. West, we hope you’ll schedule a visit with us sometime! To do so, you can give us a call at (517) 507-3001 or fill out our online appointment request form. We hope you’ll come visit us soon!

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