Going back to school after practicing general dentistry for seven years was difficult, but it was the best decision I have ever made. Orthodontics has changed my life, giving me the ability to run my own business and serve my patient base with professionalism, kindness, and empathy. I have made friendships that I will treasure for life much as, I hope, my patients treasure their new smiles!
~ Dr. Theresa Skelton
Background and Education
Growing up in Rosedale, Mississippi, Dr. Theresa Skelton knew she wanted to work in the dental field in 8th grade. Dental school was her goal from her first day in high school. She attended the University of Mississippi, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She then obtained her Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD) in 1995, at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry.
Following dental school, Dr. Skelton practiced general dentistry for seven years, gaining an invaluable understanding of oral health conditions. As a result of seeing how some patients struggled with issues associated with their bite, as well as discomfort with the appearance of their teeth, she decided to return to school. Accepted into the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, Dr. Skelton completed her post-doctorate Orthodontic Residency and received a Master’s of Science degree in 2003.
Having practiced orthodontics for 20 years, Dr. Skelton has thrived in the specialty. She appreciates having the ability to change a person’s life through orthodontic treatment. Beyond creating confidence by giving individuals beautiful smiles, she is able to make lasting, positive improvements in people’s oral health and function.
Dr. Skelton is proud of the team she has assembled at TLS Orthodontics. Her staff is friendly, professional, loyal, and treat each other like family. Together they have celebrated marriages, birthdays, the arrival of babies, and all other aspects of life.
The feeling of family extends to the TLS Orthodontics patients and their families. Dr. Skelton and her staff truly care about their patients, love hearing what is going on in their lives, and are as concerned about their happiness as their oral health.
The practice believes in giving back to causes important to their patient family. In addition to supporting the local schools, TLS Orthodontics also supports Delta Cotton Belles, which provides assistance and support to those experiencing breast cancer.
Professional Affiliations and Continuing Education
A large part of Dr. Skelton’s commitment to her profession and the welfare of her patients is seen in her pursuit of continual learning. A member of the American, Southern, and Mississippi associations of orthodontics, she has access to numerous opportunities to learn from leaders in the specialty. By staying current on innovative technologies, new methodologies, and the latest research, she ensures patients receive the best of modern orthodontic care, with predictable, radiant finished smiles.
Beyond the Practice
Dr. Skelton has resided in Greenville for almost 30 years. She loves living and working in this wonderful community and is proud to have raised her family here. She and her husband David, who has been a farmer for over 30 years, have three adult children: Emery, Cameron, and Lizzie. Emery is a farmer with his dad, Cameron is a petroleum engineer, and Lizzie is in college studying pre-optometry.
Some of Dr. Skelton’s favorite pastimes include playing pickleball and traveling. She also loves college sports, supporting Mississippi State and the University of Alabama. When she has free time, beaches are her favorite destination!