If you’ve ever had braces, you’ve probably spent a lot of time with an orthodontist. Orthodontists work to algin teeth, jaws and bites. Not only does fixing misaligned teeth help with aesthetic purposes, but crooked teeth can be harder to clean, cause chewing issues—which can cause head and neck pain—and can lead to jaw disorders, such as TMJ.

This list is excerpted from the 2020 topDentists™ list, a database that includes listings for dentists and specialists in the Kansas City metro area. The Kansas City list is based on thousands of detailed evaluations of dentists and professionals by their peers. The complete database is available at usatopdentists.com.

Dustin S. Burleson
Burleson Orthodontics
4135 N. Mulberry Drive, KCMO

Doctor Dustin S. Burleson is a speaker, teacher, author and orthodontic specialist. Since founding Burleson Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry in 2006, over 3,000 orthodontists have traveled to Kansas City from 35 countries to learn from Burleson’s vision to change lives, advance the profession of orthodontics and support his community. Together, he and his students treat over 20,000 patients throughout North America each year.

He writes five professional newsletters monthly, is the director of the Leo H. Rheam Foundation for Cleft & Craniofacial Orthodontics, teaches at Children’s Mercy Hospital and operates a large multi-clinic orthodontic and pediatric dental practice in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dr. Burleson has been invited to speak throughout the world and has shared the stage with celebrities and athletes who mirror his passion to help more people live healthier, happier lives. Dr. Burleson provides over $1 million in free orthodontic care to cleft lip and palate children each year.

His practices have worked with the prestigious Disney Institute and Ritz Carlton to bring the same “wow” experience to the smiles of patients both young and old. Asked what makes his practice different, Burleson quickly replied with a warm smile, “It’s our people, our culture and our commitment to do whatever it takes to serve the best interests of our patients and their families,” even if that means referring them to a cheaper option in town or to one of his nonprofit foundations, when parents are unable to afford treatment at a Burleson facility. Burleson’s offices at last count have over 30,000 satisfied parents, with patients traveling from cities as far away as Chicago, New York and San Francisco to be treated by one of Burleson’s certified smile specialists.

To discover more about Burleson’s unique treatment approach, visit BurlesonSmile.com or call his office today at (816) 759-0123. He now offers more after work and after school hours than any other orthodontist in Kansas City. Specifically designed for busy moms and dads, Dr. Burleson and his team of Smile Specialists have reimagined the orthodontic office and stand behind their work with the area’s only lifetime satisfaction guarantee plus free retainers for life. See if your child is ready for a Burleson Smile today!


Dr. Burleson has personally transformed the smiles of over 15,000 patients right here in Kansas City and is the author of two Amazon best-selling consumer books, “Stop Hiding Your Smile!” and “The Consumer’s Guide to Invisalign.” As a two-time Inc. 500 | 5000 honoree recognized for building one of the fastest-growing orthodontic specialty practices in North America, Dr. Burleson was also awarded the American Dental Association’s prestigious Golden Apple Award in 2014 and the Missouri Dental Association’s Outstanding Dental Leadership award in the same year.

Jeremy R. Fry
Fry Orthodontic Specialists
11940 Quivira Road, Overland Park

Fry Orthodontic Specialists has been your hometown orthodontist for over 40 years! With locations throughout Kansas and Missouri, we are committed to providing superior service for patients of all ages while helping them achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. Dr. Jeremy Fry, CEO of Fry Orthodontics, is a Kansas City native and enjoys providing smiles for children and adults in our community.

“I am so grateful for what Kansas City has provided me both as a young kid and now as an adult,” Dr. Fry says. “My family has been in the community for over 40 years honoring this great place, and I’m proud that Fry Orthodontics continues to serve patients in my hometown!”

Fry Orthodontics is a leading Invisalign provider. They have treated more patients with Invisalign than any other dentist or orthodontist in the Kansas City metro area. Whether you’re interested in Invisalign or braces, Fry Orthodontics offers both treatment options for the same great price. Our free initial exams give you the opportunity to discuss your individual goals with the doctor and help you determine the best treatment option for your smile.

Take advantage of our free video exams that can be completed from the comfort of your own home. Call 913-469-9191 today to schedule an appointment for you or your child and receive free retainers for life!

David P. Blackburn
Blackburn & Elrod Orthodontics
3131 S. State Route 291, Independence

Chad Bulleigh
Bulleigh Orthodontics
8600 W. 95th St., Overland Park

David M. Christensen
KC Braces + Kids
7111 N.W. 86th St., KCMO

John A. Dorsch
Creekwood Orthodontics
5400 N. Oak Trafficway, Suite 123, KCMO

David E. Dykhouse
Dykhouse Orthodontics
1300 N.W. South Outer Road, Blue Springs

Jerald E. Elrod
17500 Medical Center Parkway, Suite 2, Independence

J. Joseph Hannah
Hannah Orthodontics
1441 E. 151st St., Olathe

Richard D. Hannah
Hannah Orthodontics
1441 E. 151st St., Olathe

Paul J. Hechler
Hechler Orthodontics
12800 Metcalf Ave., Suite 1, Overland Park

Steven L. Hechler
Hechler Orthodontics
12800 Metcalf Ave., Suite 1, Overland Park

Kurt W. Hoffman
Hoffman Orthodontics
11213 Nall Ave., Suite 130, Leawood

Jerry W. Huerter, Jr.
Huerter Orthodontics
8919 Parallel Parkway, Suite 450, KCK

Neil C. Kanning
Kanning Orthodontics
9101 N.E. 82nd Terrace, KCMO

Kurt E. Kavanaugh
8407 N. Main St., KCMO

Michael Klein
Klein & Walker Orthodontics
975 N. Mur-Len Road, Suite C, Olathe

Joe Moon
Moon Orthodontics
14247 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park

Eric S. Neuer
Prairie Pointe Orthodontics
10044 Woodland Road, Lenexa

Elizabeth B. Nill
Drs. Blackwell, Nill and Francois
10 N.W. Chipman Road, Lee’s Summit

Jay M. Oltjen
Oltjen Orthodontics
15159 S. Blackbob Road, Olathe

Clarence E. Simmons
Smile Doctors
315 Nichols Road, Suite 208, KCMO

Bradley N. Smith
Dyer and Smith Orthodontics
11244 W. 135th St., Overland Park

Jeffrey J. Thompson
Jeff Thompson Orthodontics
4851 W. 134th St., Suite A, Leawood

Kelly H. Toombs
Toombs Orthodontics
3700 W. 83rd St., Suite 215, Prairie Village

Cameron Walker
Klein & Walker Orthodontics
975 N. Mur-Len Road, Olathe

Ashlee Weber
Weber Orthodontics
7577 N.W. Barry Road, Suite A, KCMO

Donald B. Wilcoxon
Wilcoxon Orthodontics
4601 W. 109th St., Suite 310, Overland Park

Angela Williams
Parkville Modern Dentistry and Orthodontics
6340 N. Chatham Avenue, KCMO

Zachary T. Williams
Madison Dental Group
13541 Madison Ave., KCMO

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