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Welcome to Dental Designs LC, Your Dentist in Kansas City, MO

Welcome you to our website! Dental Designs strives to be an example in our community by providing the highest quality dental care in a comfortable environment where our patients feel like family. We offer our patients flexible appointment times in which they interact with our friendly and caring team. Our team places the utmost value on continuing education to ensure each member of our team grows both personally and professionally. We hope to exceed your expectations with compassion, excellence, and proven technologies. Our ultimate goal is to create a relationship built on trust that will ensure a lifetime of complete dental care. Your smile and dental health is our crowning achievement!

We want to provide treatment to the whole person - with a special focus on how your teeth and gums relate to your total body health. We want you to be confident that your smile achieves your goals for comfort, function and appearance. 

We also understand that choosing a dentist is an important decision. After all, your smile is your greatest asset and says a lot about your overall health. From the moment you walk in the door, you'll be welcomed by a caring staff in a relaxed, stress-free environment where the whole family can feel at ease.

To learn more about our comprehensive service offering, talented Kansas City dentists and office procedures, take a few moments to look over the informative pages on our website. For additional information, you can always contact our office.

"My Smile has become my calling card. It is, after all, the most potent weapon I possess. My Smile has the strength to forge bonds, break ice, and calm storms. I will use My Smile constantly. The power of who I am is displayed when I Smile."

Meet Our Staff

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    D. Grant Smith

    Dr. Smith graduated from the University of MO - Kansas City in 2001, after which he completed a residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry. He joined Dental Designs immediately after in 2002. His love for learning and knowledge has led him to expand his expertise into multiple areas of his field, including endodontics (root canals), Invisalign, and even Botox for TMJ Dysfunction.

    Dr. Smith has three children with his wife, Casey: Carly, Addison, and Reese. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, sports, and spending time with his family.

    He is a member of the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, UMKC Study Club, and Academy of General Dentisty.

  • Dr.
    Stephen K. Russell

    Dr. Russell graduated from University of MO - Kansas City in 1987. Upon graduation, he completed a General Practice Residency. For the next 4 years, Dr. Russell honed his skills as a dentist in the US Army, Job Corp in Excelsior Springs, MO & with Dr. Hunter's practice in Excelsior Springs, MO until he bought his own practice in 1992 (which would later become Dental Designs).

    He has three children: Alec, Avery, and Aliza, as well as three step-children with his wife Andrea: Alejando, Maya, and Lucia. He enjoys traveling, golf, fitness, and spending time with his family.

    He is a member of the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, and the UMKC Study Club.


What Our Patients Say About Us

  • "I love the entire staff at this office! From the women at the front desk, the hygienist, dental assistants and of course, my dentist, Dr. Steve Russell they could not be any more friendly, welcoming and professional and reassuring, for those with the dental office, anxiety!"
    Valorie T, Parkville
  • "Friendly, transparent costs. All around a great group of people. Some of the people have been there 10-20 years."
    Grant K, Platte City
  • "I love the work Dental Designs and Dr Smith have done for me! I really value the patient care and quality of work they provided. They were able to get me in immediately after an accident and helped create a plan to get my smile back in action! The staff was always happy to answer my questions and more then flexible working with my schedule."
    Sarah F, Kansas City
  • "If you would like an amazing and talented dentist and a hygienist who is thorough and gentle, this is where you should go. I’m picky about my dentist and hygienist and would rate this office as a 10 on a 1-10 scale."
    Kimberly S, Kansas City
  • "I love the friendly staff and professionalism of everyone there."
    Mary W - Kearney, MO
  • "My daughters two front teeth were broken in half in a school bus incident a few days ago and Dental Designs was able to fit her in the next morning. Our visit was incredible from check in to check out. She was very nervous and every single person that spoke to us was kind, sympathetic and so sweet to her. Dr. Smith was GREAT, he explained exactly what he was doing and kept asking her if she was alright during her procedure. The results were perfect and he called later that night to check on her, THAT is service! We are planning on returning to Dr. Smith for all our families dental needs. Thank you so much Dental Designs!"
    Amanda B. via Google
  • "By far the best Dentist office I've been to. Everyone is friendly and willing to work to help me get that perfect smile!"
    Zachery H. via Google
  • "Dental Designs has an amazing team. They know the true meaning of quality patient care. I highly recommend this dental practice."
    Jan W. via Google

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