If you have always wanted straighter teeth but are hesitant to undergo years of treatment with traditional metal braces, you are not alone. At Crestwood Dental Group, patients in the St. Louis, MO area who are interested in teeth straightening but want alternatives to braces have an effective, discreet, convenient treatment option – Invisalign®.
Invisalign is a revolutionary treatment that has changed the smiles of millions of patients in the last two decades. It uses a series of invisible teeth aligners to gradually shift your teeth and jaw into their optimal positions, correcting a variety of issues such as:
Your Invisalign journey starts with an initial consultation at Crestwood Dental Group. Dr. Maxwell will talk with you about what you like and don’t like about your smile and examine your teeth and gums to make sure you are an ideal candidate. Then, using our iTero digital scanner, we take fast and comfortable digital impressions of your mouth to plan out your treatment. Your series of aligners is then created in the Invisalign laboratory using a BPA-free, comfortable plastic. Once they are ready, you come into our office and we will give you your aligners and instructions for wearing them. In general:
For patients seeking alternatives to Invisalign, we offer a customized tooth straightening option that consists of aligners that we make right here in our office. The process for this treatment is very similar to Invisalign but can be a more affordable option for patients. Using our advanced iTero digital scanner, we take precise digital impressions of your teeth to custom-design your aligners. Then, we use a 3D printer to create comfortable, clear aligners that we call “CDG aligners” (“Crestwood Dental Group” aligners). Like Invisalign treatment, these aligners are worn for the majority of the day and you can remove them for easy dental care and to enjoy your favorite foods and beverages.
To start your path towards a straighter smile, call Crestwood Dental Group in St. Louis today! You can reach us at (314) 463-5655 .
It is an effective and convenient method of straightening teeth. Compared to traditional metal braces with brackets and wire that look unsightly, Invisalign clear aligners are an invisible and therefore, discreet solution for crooked and misaligned teeth.
Crooked, overcrowded, and gapped teeth and bite problems like overbite and underbite are some of the issues that Invisalign can correct.
This orthodontic procedure involves clear aligner trays that gently move the teeth into their proper position. A patient wears one tray for two weeks and moves on to the next tray in the series. By the time he/she reaches the last tray, the teeth are in their correct position.
Since Invisalign aligners are removable, you can take them off and enjoy any food and drinks that you like. You can also brush and floss your teeth in a normal fashion.
For best results, you should wear them for at least 22 hours per day. The entire procedure could take up to one year, which is still shorter than the time taken by normal braces.
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.
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Everyone at the office is so nice, especially Ricki! Dr. Maxwell is so kind and caring. I definitely recommend Crestwood Dental!