While attending dental school at the University of Iowa, Jeff Lenius quickly became interested in orthodontics. Not only did he notice how much fun the orthodontic students seemed to be having, but while wearing braces himself, he actually looked forward to his own orthodontist appointments.
“It was such a fun environment every time I visited the office,” he says. “I went into college thinking I wanted to be a dentist, but seeing how much fun orthodontics was made me want to be a part of that world.”
Fast forward to his sixth year working with at Bankhead, and he’s still having so much fun that it never really feels like he’s working. He loves the day-to-day interaction with his patients, enjoys every new challenge, and appreciates that each patient gets the individualized attention they deserve at every Bankhead office.
“When patients come in, we start with a great one-on-one conversation about their goals, their expectations, the different options, and what to expect throughout treatment. We keep it light-hearted, but we’re also very thorough in addressing their concerns. No one is ever treated as just a number.”
But while Dr. Jeff and the Bankhead team take their time with each patient, they are also well aware of their patient’s busy lifestyles. “Today’s families are always on the go,” he says. “Our advanced technology allows faster treatments with less office visits, and we are even able to do part of our consultations utilizing web-based options that take a fraction of the time that in-office visits would.”
“We can actually move teeth virtually on the computer and email these treatment simulations and discuss treatment options right over the internet,” he says. “When they can visualize results from different approaches, it saves patients time and allows us to pick the treatment option that works best for everyone. It’s definitely a big reason why adults are the fastest growing age group starting orthodontics today.”
In addition to traditional orthodontic treatments, Dr. Jeff is a big proponent of clear aligners like Invisalign. Clear aligners allow people to straighten their teeth without worrying about standing out in school or the office. Adults and children alike are simply now able to enjoy the confidence of a new smile with less noticeable, faster treatment.
“Invisalign is one of the most thrilling advancements I’ve seen in orthodontics since I began my career and one of my biggest passions,” says Dr. Jeff. “I love when a patient comes in and says that another practice told them they’re not a candidate for Invisalign. I love taking these challenging cases and turning them into amazing success stories. Other advances include 3D X-rays and robotically bent wires – it’s all amazing to me. We often have high school and college students come in to shadow us and ask us what’s next in the field of orthodontics, and I get excited every time I talk about it. This doesn’t feel like a job – it’s just a fun way to spend every day, where we’re pushing boundaries to make people love the way they look. I can’t think of a more rewarding career.”
When he’s not in the office, Dr. Jeff likes to hunt, ski and watch college football, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes from his home state. In most of his free time, however, he’s now spending time with his wife and two-year-old son, Brecken. Having a family of his own has made him feel especially thankful to be working with such a knowledgeable and experienced orthodontic team.
“I would trust every Bankhead doctor with my own family’s orthodontic treatment,” he says. “I love what I do, and these guys all love what they do. I am truly blessed to be a part of such an amazing practice.”
- Undergraduate: University of Iowa (Integrative Physiology)
- Dental School: University of Iowa (Doctor of Dental Surgery, DDS)
- Omicron Kappa Upsilon, National Dental Honor Society
- Orthodontic Residency: University of Colorado (Orthodontic Certification)
- Outstanding Resident Award: University of Colorado
- Masters of Science Degree: University of Colorado
If you or your child needs orthodontic treatment, work with the experts at Bankhead Orthodontic Specialists. Serving the St. Louis, MO, Metro area as well as southeastern Illinois via six convenient locations, these trained specialists offer traditional, lingual and clear braces as well as Invisalign® to provide patients with highly customized solutions. Call (636) 978-8848 today to schedule a consultation, and visit the website for more information about braces.