Professional Teeth Whitening From Billings, MT Dentist – Dr. Stuart
Many people suffer from stained or discolored teeth due to time, food or drink, or poor oral hygiene. Legacy Smiles offers two different professional teeth whitening methods that can be used to brighten your smile. The two methods can be used separately or in combination to achieve the shade you want. Visit our Billings, MT dentist office to take advantage of our professional teeth whitening services.
Opalescence Boost In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening
Our in-office professional teeth whitening is the best way to get a bright, white smile in just one office visit. This method offers instant gratification and a whiter smile in only about an hour.
Over the years, whitening is one of the few things in dentistry that has come way down in cost. 27 years ago, I whitened teeth. 27 years ago, we charged $100 per tooth to whiten them. Now, you can whiten the entire mouth for a few hundred bucks, and do all the teeth. The thing that does do the best, the best job that I've found, we have two basic techniques. One is in-house, meaning we're going to sit you down, we're going to take a couple of hours.
We're going to isolate all of your teeth, meaning we're going to put a rubber dam on your teeth to expose just your teeth. We want to protect your lips, teeth, gums, and everything. Your lips and gums, we want to protect those. We use a very powerful oxidizing agent that we have total control of while you're here. It will move, it's more of an immediate thing. It's going to whiten your teeth very dramatically, very fast, very quickly.
The other option, which actually in my opinion is probably the best option, is we make impressions of your teeth. Then we make a custom type of molded tray that just is cut and customized to fit directly on your teeth. Then we actually give you the materials, which is the oxidizing gel, show you how to use it, teach you how to use it. This process, basically you're using the gel and the trays once or twice a day for 20 or 30 minutes at a time. It will brighten up your teeth.
It's a little bit slower process but when I still say slow, it's really pretty quick, it's only going to take a week or two. It gives us a lot of control over it and it's less expensive. It's one of those times when whitening ... It's one of those techniques where the most expensive thing isn't necessarily the best.
There are many benefits to having in-office professional teeth whitening system.
- Opalescence Boost contains potassium nitrate and fluoride. Both have proven to be beneficial to your teeth by either reducing sensitivity or strengthening enamel.
- The results are almost instant. See your brighter, whiter smile in about an hour.
- The gel can help to remove deep stains. While whitening toothpastes and rinses can remove extrinsic stains on your teeth, only professional teeth whitening systems can remove intrinsic (deep) stains that live in the dentin of your teeth.
- Our gel is chemically activated, so you won’t have to mess with a bright, hot activation light.
Take-Home Custom Whitening Trays
Our Billings, MT dentist office also offers take-home custom whitening trays for your personal use at home. Many people prefer this method because it is easy to use, you won’t have to come into our office every time you want to whiten your teeth, you have greater control over what shade of white you end up with, and you can still achieve a professional-quality shade of white. However, the take-home method does take longer to achieve the same result, requiring multiple treatments over a period of time to create the same whitening effect. Take-home custom whitening trays are great when used for touch-ups between in-office whitening appointments to keep your smile as white as possible all the time.
Keep Your Teeth Pearly White
There are some very common causes of discolored teeth. While some teeth become discolored with age, stains most often are a result of what you eat or drink, smoking, or poor hygiene habits. Let’s talk about these things and why you should avoid them.
- Red wine and black tea – Both of these beverages have high staining power. While neither are inherently unhealthy to consume, both have the potential to ruin your white smile if consumed consistently over a long period of time. The same can be said for other heavily dyed food. To prevent staining, cut back on your consumption or brush immediately afterward.
- Smoking – Not only is tobacco bad for your health, it can also stain your teeth. To avoid staining, quit smoking. Smoking can also result in oral cancer or other very serious conditions.
- Poor hygiene habits – When teeth are cleaned improperly for long periods of time, the result can often be a build-up of plaque that causes your teeth to yellow. By maintaining proper hygiene at home, as well as scheduling regular dental cleanings with our hygienist, you can help to avoid staining.
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If your kids don’t like to go to the dentist, try Dr. Stuart. Our kids love him and his team. We just visited them yesterday for our 6 month checkup and cleaning, and Brianne was awesome! When I was a kid, the dental hygienist was a lumberjack – but not Brianne, she’s very professional and mindful of each of us. I have sensitive teeth and gums, and my visit with Dr. Stuart and his team was relaxing and easy. And the receptionist Lisa is so great, she always has a smile and positive attitude…so refreshing to have a dentist like Dr. Stuart. We have been going to Dr. Stuart for over 10 years, give him a try; you and your kids will notice the difference.
Our family found the way to Legacy Smiles in the midst of an ongoing yet undiagnosed dental crisis. Fortunately, Dr. Stuart aptly diagnosed the situation and promptly referred me to an oral surgeon to bring immediate relief. Since then, our family continues to be blessed by the genuine empathy and compassion Dr. Stuart has for his patients. He openly addresses any worries or fears we have, always in an informative and respectful manner. We encounter the same high standard of care with all of the staff at Legacy Smiles. Any treatment concerns or financial issues are courteously and promptly addressed and resolved. Dr. Stuart and Legacy Smiles provide the finest professional dental services with incomparable personal care!
Thank you, Dr. Stuart, for the senior discount on the dental work you have done for Vern and me. We’re also sending ‘kudos’ for you as well as your professional and competent staff – Lisa is a gem! It has been a pleasure interacting with all of you through the years. You and Cheryl are a good team… you’re ‘easy on the mouth’!
I wanted to thank you for the excellent service and experience I receive each time I come to your office. I appreciate the warm welcome, the time you spend explaining the procedures, and the personal touch you give. You always go the extra mile and have been a wonderful blessing to my family.
My family and I have been patients of Dr. Stuart for approximately 10 years. First I established dental care, then I quickly realized my children were of age to begin dental care as well. Dr. Stuart and his team have always been amazing to work with. I have 3 children ages 14, 10, and 5. Not one of them is fearful or frightened to go to the dentist. In fact, my 10-year-old just realized this year that she is actually “getting a shot” when she comes in for dental maintenance. She got her first filling at age 4! We are treated professionally, and they are always accommodating to our scheduling needs. I have frequently recommended friends or family to Legacy Smiles and Dr. Stuart only to receive a personal thank you letter and gift as a thank you! Lisa is always on the ball with insurance claims and reminders. I just have to show up! Thank you Dr. Stuart and the team at Legacy Smiles! Your patient care and service has improved our dental health. We love you guys!
Looking for a dentist who will see you in a timely manner? How about listening to you about any fear, be they physical or financial, in a caring, friendly manner? Is taking time to explain a recommended dental procedure important? Don’t hesitate to call Dr. Michael Stuart at Legacy Smiles where you are a valued patient.
I love going to Legacy Smiles! All the staff are so friendly and make the experience a good one! I can’t wait for my next appointment!
I live in So. California and was once visiting Billings and needed to see a dentist. I tried out a few and finally settled on Dr. Stuart. He is simply the best! He extracted a lower wisdom tooth, and when the anesthetic wore off, there was no pain. Zero, zilch, nothing! He and his hygienist are also the only ones who know how to scale and plane my very sensitive mouth with no anesthetic and no pain. And all of them, including the office manager, are very pleasant and accommodating. I highly recommend them. And I, myself, scheduled my dental work for when I was going to be in Helena, MT, then drove 4 hours each way to see this very special dentist. Well worth your while to check him out.