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Dr. Michael W. Stuart

Dr. Craig E. Stannebein

2700 Grand Avenue, Suite D. Billings, MT 59102

Monday - Thursday 8am-5pm
Friday by Appointment Only

(406) 794-3114

I’m Embarrassed to Smile

Are you living with a smile you hate? Whatever the reasons why you are embarrassed to smile, our Billings, MT dentist is here for you. Legacy Smiles offer a large variety of cosmetic dentistry solutions to fix problems such as teeth that are misaligned, chipped, stained, discolored, and misshapen. Whatever cosmetic issue you have, we can help to improve your appearance and boost your confidence.

Invisalign Short-Term Orthodontics

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Orthodontics in many areas has moved ... well, I shouldn't say it's changed. It has come to include purely cosmetic options. Maybe we're not aligning your teeth to be perfectly lined up textbook perfect like we as doctors want to see it, but now it has evolved to where we now offer other options that are much shorter-term that we'll say, 'Let's maybe just treat the front of the mouth,' the things that are most important to the patient, once again. So we've adopted the Invisalign, and that gives us some options for either short-term cosmetic purposes or more long-term, full, comprehensive treatment options as well.

Most people have heard of the Invisalign. It's the clear, plastic aligner trays, and they do a really great job. In many ways, they're superior to braces because you can remove them, meaning you can keep things clean. Any of us that had braces as kids know that you're picking lunch out of there around dinnertime, and you've still got stuff hung up in your braces. If you play sports, well, I can recall many times I still had my lips and you take an elbow to the face, and your mouth is now suddenly hamburger because of those braces. Invisalign pretty much removes all that, and so we've adopted them and feel really good about the Invisalign.

Invisalign is a short-term orthodontic system that is comprised of a series of clear plastic aligners that are changed out every few weeks. They are designed to gradually move your teeth into the desired position. Any orthodontist can provide you with traditional braces, but you will experience moderate to high levels of discomfort and a treatment time of two or three years. Not to mention, getting embarrassed to smile because of unsightly mouth full of metal!

Invisalign clear plastic aligners offer faster treatment times (about 12 months), little to no discomfort (no sharp braces or wires), and a nearly invisible appearance. The aligners also apply pressure at an even pace, so discomfort will be minimal when switching into a new aligner. The aligners are removable for eating, drinking, cleaning, and for special occasions. Try that with traditional braces!


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I moved to Billings, Montana, about nine years ago, and I was referred to Dr. Stuart by my dentist in Atlanta, Georgia. He wanted me to go to a dentist that had the background for my case to help me finish out my braces because I had about two more years before I got them off. He, actually once the braces came off, helped me with some veneers. And one of the things that people always comment on is what a beautiful smile I have and how nice it is.

Dr. Stuart informed of every single step of what was going to happen. He worked with me in choosing the right veneers and how they would look. In terms of satisfaction, I can say I'm 100 percent satisfied with the process in terms of the end result.

In my case, I don't have personal dental insurance, so the staff was able to help me and Dr. Stuart was able to help me in terms of offering a financial assistance plan, where I could do some payments over time that fit within my budget. Which, in terms of veneers, yes, they can be expensive, but in the long term, it's an investment that you get a very good return on.

At Legacy Smiles, we offer beautifully-designed porcelain veneers. Our veneers are layered to create a thin but durable material that will help you achieve the perfect smile. Veneers are used to hide imperfections in your teeth including teeth that are slightly crooked, stained, or chipped. We are most often able to place your veneers with only minimal preparation, removing as little of your natural tooth as possible. The veneers are inspected and previewed before placing in order to create a perfect fit that you will love.

Professional Whitening

Our Billings, MT dentist office offers both in-office and take-home whitening. In our office, we use Opalescence Boost for a bright white smile in under an hour. Our take-home kits are great for touch-up in between in-office whitenings or for gradual, more controlled whitening. Call our office today at 406-794-3114 to set up a whitening session.

Gum & Teeth Reshaping/Recontouring

Are you ashamed of your overly gummy smile or disfigured teeth? Our office employs laser technology to reshape gum lines and recontour teeth. Our laser devices are able to sculpt your teeth and gums with little discomfort, high precision, and a short amount of healing time.

Cosmetic Bonding

Do you have a chip or other small imperfection on a front tooth, visible to all? With our cosmetic bonding, we can repair those imperfections. We use a synthetic material that is matched perfectly to the color of your natural tooth. Our focus is to create a beautiful, technically-sound restoration that will last you for years.

Don’t be embarrassed to smile! Our cosmetic solutions are the answers. To schedule your free cosmetic consultation, call our Billings, MT dentist office at (406) 794-3114 or use our online form to send us a message. Let us help you look your best!


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