Regain Your Self-Confidence: Smile Makeover with Cosmetic Dentistry


A beautiful smile exudes confidence (when you’re not hiding your smile, because you don’t like it!) And our culture focuses on self-care, self-worth and self-confidence.

That’s one of the reasons there has been an increased interest in getting a smile makeover with cosmetic dentistry in the past several years. Leading to interest in procedures such as teeth whitening, straightening, tooth replacement or a combination of several issues that require a smile makeover. Our patients have continued to explore cosmetic procedures and continue to trust their smile to our experts at the offices of Dr. Thomas L. Anderson and Associates.

Procedures Used in a Smile Makeover with Cosmetic Dentistry

Patients often ask about the trends in cosmetic dentistry during their appointments and we wanted to take the opportunity to share them with you here as well…

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are placed to the surface of the teeth to “correct” decayed, permanently stained or discolored teeth, chipped, misaligned or broken teeth. They can also be used as a treatment for crowded teeth or to close a gap. They can create a more symmetrical smile and are a perfect non-invasive solution. We suggest that you work closely with Dr. Anderson to see if you are a candidate for porcelain veneers. If so, remember … they can be customized to the very size, shade and length that you want to create the smile of your dreams!

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A dental crown is used to restore broken, cracked, or damaged teeth. Often, dental crowns cover the entire tooth to the gumline and are mostly made of porcelain. A dental crown is used to improve the appearance and strengthen the teeth. This is a popular cosmetic procedure to enhance your smile and restore the function of your bite.


Bonding provides an affordable, less invasive dental procedure that is preferred by many patients as a way to re-shape their teeth. A resin material is applied to the tooth to remedy cracks, discoloration, and large spaces between teeth. Bonding proves to be a permanent solution and Dr. Anderson and his expert team can help you create the smile of your dreams using this treatment procedure.

Dental Implant

One of the most common options to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant. A tooth extraction is now easily replaced with an implant too. Gone are the days of looking older than necessary because of a sagging jawline due to a missing tooth. Dentures, or partial dentures, are no longer the only option. A simple, yet minimally invasive procedure is as close as technology can get to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant. Schedule a consultation with an implant expert at the offices of Dr. Thomas L. Anderson and Associates to see if you are a candidate for implant technology; it might be the perfect remedy to preserve a youthful appearance and a restore the function of your bite.

Invisalign, invisible braces

Now there is an alternative for metal braces for adults and teens. By wearing a series of clear, plastic Invisalign retainers or aligners, your teeth can be moved to a more ideal position. With minimal interference to your daily habits and lifestyle, Invisalign can have a significant positive impact on how you look and feel about yourself.

Wearing Invisalign aligners is excellent at closing gaps, or spaces between teeth, as well as straightening crowded teeth. Oftentimes, treatment can be completed in less than 1 year! Imagine that – by your next checkup you could easily and painlessly improve your smile!!

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Teeth Whitening

Natural ageing, poor oral hygiene, certain medications, foods and beverages as well as lifestyle habits that include smoking and tobacco use can contribute to the discoloration and staining of teeth. Tooth whitening is not a new option to enhance smiles, as new over-the-counter products and trends are hitting drug store shelves as new formulas are continually released to the market.

However, some of these OTC trends can be harmful to your teeth and can even strip the enamel and cause extreme sensitivity in some people. So, we believe it’s always best to leave whitening to the professionals. As professional teeth whitening is a harmless and effective way to whiten your teeth.

The future of Cosmetic Dentistry…

In most situations, people choose a smile makeover with cosmetic dentistry for aesthetic improvement or personal preference. Many wish to enhance their smile to increase their self-confidence and change how they navigate social settings. As opposed to hiding their smile, patients who receive a smile makeover can smile brightly.

In other circumstances, a smile makeover with cosmetic dentistry is a necessity since the procedure can seal cracks and mend broken teeth. Several of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we mentioned earlier are ideal for smile makeovers and are combined to create a customized treatment plan for each individual patient. A smile makeover can provide immediate improvement, allowing patients to see a new smile in a very short period of time.

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While the cosmetic dentistry trend has remained popular over the past decade, enhancements in technology have helped many dental offices, like Dr. Anderson’s, to streamline their treatment options and offer the best services, based on the needs of each patient.

Contact us today to schedule an initial cosmetic consultation and meet with any of our skilled dentists at one of our three conveniently located dental office locations within the Kansas City area, including Lee’s Summit / Independence, the Country Club Plaza and Downtown Kansas City. The gentle dentists and expert team at Thomas L. Anderson and Associates look forward to working with you to treat your dental emergency, achieve proper oral health and a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. If you have any questions about your dental insurance benefits, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are happy to review your policy! Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment and become part of our dental family.