There has been an increased interest in cosmetic dentistry in the past few years. Leading to interest in procedures such as teeth whitening, smile makeover consultations and straightening. Our patients have continued to explore cosmetic procedures and know they’ll continue to trust their smile to the experts at the offices of Dr. Thomas L. Anderson and Associates.

Patients have asked us about the trends in cosmetic dentistry and we thought we’d take the opportunity to share them here as well…

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are placed to the surface of the teeth “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 shade, length and size that you want to create the smile of your dreams!


A dental crown is used to restore broken, cracked, or damaged teeth. Often times, dental crowns cover the entire tooth to the gum line and are made of porcelain, metal, or sometimes a combination of both. A dental crown is used to improve the appearance and strengthen the teeth. This is a popular cosmetic procedure to enhance your smile.

Teeth Whitening

Natural ageing, poor oral hygiene, certain 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.


Bonding provides an affordable, less invasive and more robust 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 discoloration, cracks, 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 we need to because of a sagging jawline due to a missing tooth. 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.

Invisalign, invisible braces

Now there is an alternative for metal braces. By wearing a series of clear, plastic Invisalign retainers or aligners, yours 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, painlessly, improve your smile!!

The future of cosmetic dentistry…

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 appointmentand become part of our dental family.