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Dr. Michael W. Stuart

Dr. Craig E. Stannebein

2700 Grand Avenue, Suite D. Billings, MT 59102

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The Clear Advantages Of A Straight Smile

  • April 22, 2016
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You are ready to do something about a problem that has bothered you for years. You are ready to fix your smile.

Whether you have crooked teeth, a gap in your smile, or an overbite, you may have grown tired of people staring at your mouth. No one ever says anything, but you can tell that people are distracted by your teeth.

This isn’t an issue with your family and friends. It is a problem with people you talk to for work. New clients and customers don’t always catch what you are trying to say.

You know there are things you can do to correct the flaw in your smile. Now, you just need to know how to proceed.

Now is the time to talk to someone at Legacy Smiles about Invisalign. We’ve helped several patients in and around Billings, MT, at our dentist office, and we can help you, too.

A Trustworthy Smile

A few years ago, Kelton Research conducted a survey about the effect of smiles on the people that we meet.

One thing that stood out in that study is this: 73 percent of the respondents said they are more likely to trust someone who has a nice smile. That’s nearly 3 out of every 4 people.

Think about how that can affect the daily interactions you have in your job.

The potential customers and clients who speak to you may not be giving you the credit that you deserve.

Why is that? It could relate to some of the other findings from the Kelton Research survey.

Among people who responded to the survey, 58 percent said that people with nice smiles were perceived as more successful. This makes sense if the people with nice smiles are perceived to be more trustworthy.

In a more general sense, people associate people with good smiles with positive things. Forty-seven percent of respondents said people with nice teeth are perceived to be healthier, 38 percent said people with nice teeth are perceived to be smart, and 21 percent said nice teeth make a person seem happier.

Fixing Your Teeth

Here’s where the rubber meets the road, so to speak. Wanting a nice smile is one thing, making it happen is another.

We understand that traditional braces are going to work, but are they the best option for you? If you are a working professional, we encourage you to talk to us about Invisalign before you commit to an orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign and braces will both work on a number of alignment issues, including:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Teeth with gaps between them
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Open bites

Knowing this, how do you decide which option will work? The first thing is to come by our office for a consultation and evaluation.

The next step is to compare the treatment procedures.

Changing Your Smile

Let’s first consider traditional braces.

To start your treatment, your dentist will attach metal or ceramic brackets to your teeth. Wires will connect those brackets together.

You may be wearing those braces for about two years or possibly longer.

Throughout the process, your braces will need to be adjusted multiple times. Each adjustment may hurt, and you will just have to live with that throughout your treatment.

You will need to adjust your diet as well to avoiding eating foods that can get stuck in your braces or that could cause the wires to bend and break.

And we haven’t mentioned the social effects. If you think people are distracted by your smile now, how do you think they will react when you have metal attached to your teeth?

Invisalign is sometimes referred to as clear braces because it can fix many of the same problems without calling attention to your orthodontic care.

With Invisalign, you will wear a series of custom-designed transparent plastic aligners. These are practically invisible when you have them in, and many people will never notice them.

Form a convenience standpoint, they offer multiple advantages over traditional braces. You can take Invisalign aligners out when you eat. Therefore, you can continue eating anything that you want to eat.

You can also remove the aligners to brush and floss your teeth.

We didn’t forget what may be the biggest advantage of them all. Invisalign treatment typically takes about one year, about half the time you would need braces.

A Clear Decision

Invisalign won’t work for every patient or every problem, but it will fix a lot of issues.

And it just might work for you.

If you live in or near Billings, MT, contact our dentist at Legacy Smiles to find out with a free consultation. Call (406) 794-3114 or use our online contact form to get started.


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