A longtime Lee’s Summit orthodontist is finding a niche for her practice in Cass County.
In what has become a revitalization effort of the west side of Harrisonville’s Historic Square in recent months, Braces by Dr. Hansen is the latest tenant to be setting up shop in the heart of the county seat.
Orthodontist Jo Hansen’s practice will open Monday, May 19, at 104 S. Independence St., in an approximate 130-year-old building purchased from the illustrious Del Dunmire.
“(The building) has been many different things through the years, and we’re hoping that it’s a location for orthodontics for Cass County for at least the next 50 years,” said Hansen, a board certified orthodontist.
Hansen, 56, said she became interested in starting an additional office in Harrisonville to make it more convenient for existing patients who frequent her Lee’s Summit practice, as well as to make orthodontic care more accessible to individuals throughout the county.
Currently, about 15 percent of Hansen’s patients will transfer to the new Harrisonville location. She said patients have been asking her to come to Harrisonville for 20 years.
By opening a second location, Hansen said her staff will also now have the opportunity to further expand their customer base in both Cass County and Lee’s Summit.
“I see Harrisonville as a great opportunity to serve our patients that we’re already seeing, plus all of their friends and neighbors,” Hansen said.
She said she developed her love for her work from her father, who was a pediatric dentist in Wichita, Kan.
Hansen said about 60 percent of her patients are children, and about 40 percent are adults.
The Harrisonville office will have a similar feel as her nationally-recognized Lee’s Summit location does - which includes a comfortable, trendy reception area complete with video game systems, computers, wifi, and a refreshment bar.
The office will be staffed full-time, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, with six to eight staff members daily, who have access to some of the latest technology in the dental industry. She aims to provide patients with personal attention while also having the best tools available.
Hansen is also planning to bring in additional associates to assist her.
“We try to develop a personal relationship with each patient and their family,” Hansen said.
Hansen’s orthodontic services include braces (metal, ceramic and WildSmiles styles), Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, and retainers. She also offers complementary growth and development observation exams.
She follows a recommendation from the American Dental Association that suggests children should come in for their first exam at age 7.
Hansen said they would rarely start treatment at that age, but if needed, would make recommendations to help adult teeth move in straighter.
As a 25-year veteran orthodontist, Hansen’s credentials include being a part of the exclusive five percent of Invisalign providers in the nation that reach Invisalign Elite Preferred Provider status.
She earned her dental degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1986 and received a graduate degree in orthodontics from the University of Detroit in 1989.
For more information about Hansen’s practice or to make an appointment, visit www.bracesbydrhansen.com or contact the Harrisonville office by phone at 816-380-2358.