Louis A. Wenger DMD, MS

Orthodontist in Ankeny, Waukee IA

Dr. Louis Wenger grew up on a small farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  Originally wanting to pursue veterinary medicine like his father, his passions changed during college after becoming exposed to dentistry thanks to his older brother, who is a general dentist in New Mexico.  Working with people, the combination of art and science, and the hands-on nature of the job were a natural fit. He attended Messiah College in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Molecular Biology and a minor in Business Administration, graduating summa cum laude.  His education continued at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine where he received his D.M.D. (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree, graduating at the top of his class and culminating with his induction into OKU, a prestigious dental honor society.  A love for biomechanics and dental cosmetics led Dr. Wenger to his two year orthodontic residency at Marquette University School of Dental Medicine where he graduated with a specialty certificate as well as a Master’s degree in orthodontics.

Dr. Wenger worked as an orthodontist in the Milwaukee area for one year until his wife Alyse graduated from the Marquette University Dental School.  While searching for a home to settle down in, the two were drawn to the Des Moines area thanks to the small town feel and the friendliness and welcoming nature of the surrounding communities.  After visiting several orthodontic offices in the Midwest, CIO was a natural fit and clear choice for Dr. Wenger.

“CIO has been nothing but welcoming and receptive during our transition to Des Moines.  I was instantly impressed with the quality of care and the obvious passion that the doctors have for their patients’ treatment. It was a no brainer, I’m thrilled to be joining the practice and look forward to serving the area to the best of my abilities.”

Dr. Wenger is trained in all aspects of modern orthodontic treatment and prides himself on tailoring treatment to meet the specific needs of each individual seeking a perfect smile.  His philosophy of treatment is to create exceptional results in the most efficient and comfortable manner possible in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

“I absolutely love orthodontics, it’s such a joy to form relationships with patients and watch their transformation throughout treatment.  I feel that creating a beautiful smile and comfortable bite is one of the greatest lifelong investments one can make in themselves and I’m honored to be a part of that.”

Besides orthodontics, Dr. Wenger’s passions mostly take place outdoors.  He loves to spend time with his wife golfing, fishing, kayaking, camping, and running.  He also has interests in cooking, horticulture, conservation, and reading when he has free time.  We are thrilled to have Dr. Wenger join the CIO team and continue our tradition of excellence in Orthodontics!

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