At Crestwood Dental Group in St. Louis, MO, we believe everyone has a beautiful smile, even if they don’t know it! Minor imperfections such as chips in your teeth, misalignment, or yellowed and stained teeth can affect how you feel about your smile, but Dr. James Maxwell, general and cosmetic dentist, offers a variety of services to help reveal its true beauty so you can feel confident flashing your pearly whites in any situation.
With all the advances in modern dental materials and methods, nearly any transformation is possible for your smile. Even issues that have historically been difficult to correct, such as the length of your teeth or shape of your gumline, can be precisely adjusted to reach your desired results. At Crestwood Dental Group, Dr. Maxwell performs an in-depth evaluation and consultation with each patient to get a detailed understanding of your current oral health, what you’d like to change about your smile, and your treatment preferences and budget for reaching your cosmetic dental goals. Dr. Maxwell will recommend the perfect combination of treatments to help you achieve the smile of your dreams and takes the time to talk with you about your options, so you are confident in your path forward.
Common cosmetic treatments that we offer include, among others:
If you are tired of hiding your smile, call Crestwood Dental Group today to learn more about the cosmetic dentistry options that might be right for you. Our St. Louis, MO office can be reached at (314) 463-5655.
The main aim of cosmetic dentistry is to correct imperfections in your teeth and gums and make your smile more beautiful and appealing. This would naturally lead to a healthier and better-functioning mouth. Some of the solutions available at dental practices are teeth whitening, veneers, dental crowns, bonding, contouring of gums and teeth, and tooth replacement options.
Tooth chips, cracks, or gaps, teeth of uneven size or shape, smile asymmetries, worn down or mildly crooked teeth, stained or discolored teeth, and pitted or grooved enamel are some of the dental imperfections that veneers can address.
They are made from a dental resin or composite which is color-matched to the neighboring teeth. The material is also biocompatible and non-harmful. It is a conservative treatment that preserves much of the natural tooth structure. Fillings are durable, resilient, long-lasting, and look attractive and natural.
Evaluation - A comprehensive examination of the mouth to find signs of cavities with dental x-rays, if necessary: Anesthesia - Numbing the surrounding tissues and cleaning and removing the decayed parts (lasers make this procedure more comfortable); Application: A composite resin substance is applied to cover up the cavities and hardened by a special light; Polishing: The dentist tests the bite, smoothens rough edges and polishes the tooth to ensure that the fillings match the natural teeth.
Certain foods and drinks like coffee, tea, colas, red wine, colored foods, and some starchy foods, tobacco, certain diseases and medications, aging, genetics, poor dental hygiene, trauma, dental material like amalgam, and environmental factors like fluoride in the water can stain and discolor teeth.
Dr. James Maxwell graduated from Allegheny College with a B.S. Degree in Biology in 1995, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine with a Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree in 2000. He stays abreast of developments in dentistry by following over 100 hours of continuing education courses each year, ex. Advanced Laser Dentistry courses and training at The Dawson Academy. He became the sole practitioner of Crestwood Dental Group in 2003.
Dr. Maxwell focuses on cosmetic, restorative, and preventative dentistry though he is skilled in all areas of general dentistry. A member of many professional organizations such as the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, and the Greater St. Louis Dental Society, he has been nominated as a top dentist in St. Louis for five consecutive years by his peers. The list appears in St. Louis Magazine.