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Dr. Michael W. Stuart

Dr. Craig E. Stannebein

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You Should Be Happy With Your Smile | Billings, MT

  • December 17, 2015

A great smile is contagious in a good way. When we see someone else smiling, it can lift our mood as well.

Seeing someone who is genuinely having a good time makes everyone around that person feel a little bit better.

We have all experienced this at one time or another. When you see a friend, you can tell right away if he or she has big news to share because of their smile. Of course, they might just be happy to see you, which is great, too.

If you are self-conscious about your smile, then you may not share it as often. When you don’t smile, people may think you are sad, and that’s not good either.

At Legacy Smiles, we want to give you — and all our patients in Billings and the surrounding parts of Montana — the best smile possible. With cosmetic dentistry, we can build on what you have naturally to make it even better.

Keep reading to learn more about how cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile, which just might improve your mood, too.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

You know that cosmetic improvements to your house are designed to make it look better. You know that cosmetic surgery is designed to improve the appearance of the person receiving it.

So what is cosmetic dentistry? At its most basic level, cosmetic dentistry is intended to improve the appearance of your teeth.

Many cosmetic services have other benefits as well. These procedures also can serve restorative purposes, such as improving your bite force and your chewing ability.

They may have psychological benefits, too. As you feel more comfortable with your new and improved teeth, you may feel more confident about sharing your smile. That’s good for you, and good for the people you meet throughout your daily life.

Below, we will give you a quick overview of some of the cosmetic services we at Legacy Smiles.


Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic options available today. No matter the reason you get your veneers, we know you will see the difference.

Veneers can be used to whiten your smile. Veneers can be used to repair a chipped or broken tooth. Veneers can give you the appearance of straighter teeth, or they can be used to close the gaps in your smile.

Most important, your veneers look like real teeth, so your smile will look better and look natural in your mouth.

Teeth whitening

In earlier blogs, we have written about how professional teeth whitening is much more effective than over-the-counter products. Our in-office or take-home whitening products are both great ways to improve the appearance of stained and yellow teeth.

Years of drinking coffee and tea can be wiped away in a matter of weeks with our take-home products or in about one hour with a visit to our office.

Gum reshaping

If you thought cosmetic dentistry was just about fixing your teeth, then you should think again.

Your gummy smile may be unavoidable depending on the shape of your gums. We aren’t talking about the health of your gums (although that is important). We mean the actual thickness of your gums.

If you have thick gums, you lips may part naturally in a way that shows more gum tissue than teeth. We can change that by using our BIOLASE laser to reshape your gums. The laser is more effective and less invasive than surgical tools, which means you will heal faster if you receive this kind of procedure.


If you have lost multiple teeth or need to replace a full arch of teeth, then dentures are a way cosmetic dentistry can restore your smile.

Dentures help your oral health, and they can help you feel much more comfortable when meeting new people or going out to eat, especially if you have implant-retained or implant-supported dentures.

Dental implants are placed into your jawbone to replace the roots of your missing teeth. These provide more support and more security for your dentures, and they give you a lot more confidence when chewing a piece steak or taking a bite out of corn on the cob.

Remake your smile

We have only mentioned some of the many cosmetic dentistry services available in our office. If you want to remake your smile, call us to make an appointment. We can examine your teeth, discuss what you want to change, and make a plan to give you the smile you want.

New patients are welcome at Legacy Smiles in Billings, and we always enjoy seeing our regulars as well. To make an appointment for any of our cosmetic services, call us at 406-794-3114 or use our online form to schedule your visit.


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