SOURCE: Legacy Smiles

Billings Dental Office

September 30, 2015 16:25 ET

Billings Dentist Now Providing Short-Term Clear Orthodontics

BILLINGS, MT--(Marketwired - September 30, 2015) - Dr. Michael Stuart, a leading Billings cosmetic dentist, is offering a new short-term orthodontic solution for adults who want straighter teeth without the hassle of metal braces.

Dr. Stuart, who operates Legacy Smiles, is a certified Invisalign provider and uses the procedure for patients with crooked teeth, gapped teeth or mild bite issues. Invisalign uses clear aligners that are virtually invisible to straighten teeth in about half the time of conventional metal braces. Straight teeth improve a patient's smile aesthetically but also the function of the mouth and overall oral health.

"If your teeth are properly aligned, there are fewer cavities, less wear on teeth, less cracking, chipping and breaking of teeth and less joint trouble," Dr. Stuart said. "Your teeth are easier to clean, there is reduced gum inflammation and generally there is less pain and trouble."

Unlike traditional orthodontic treatments, Invisalign straightens the teeth with plastic aligners that can be easily removed for eating or cleaning. Invisalign patients have no food restrictions because the appliance is removable, and the trays do not affect speech.

Dr. Stuart said Invisalign patients often finish treatment in about 12 months or less. Legacy Smiles includes the latest technology for Dr. Stuart to map out entire Invisalign treatments during the patient’s initial consultation. During the treatment, patients receive new aligners once every two weeks until the teeth are moved into the most appropriate position.

"We’ve found that this treatment works wonders for our adult patients who do not want the embarrassment of metal braces but still aspire to have a beautiful smile," Dr. Stuart said. "The beauty of Invisalign is that it is discreet, which means no one has to know that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment."

Legacy Smiles, 2700 Grand Ave. Suite D, is a state-of-the-art facility that provides patients of all ages with gentle preventive care, restorative dentistry, sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, laser surgery, dental implants, extractions and periodontal treatment.

Dr. Stuart, a Nevada native, has provided quality dental care in Billings for more than 25 years. He studied microbiology at Brigham Young University and received his dental degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. For the first two years of his dental career, Dr. Stuart worked in Utah, but he has lived and practiced in Montana for the past two decades.

Dr. Stuart has taken countless hours of continuing education to provide the latest dental techniques and procedures in implantology, oral surgery, laser surgery and cosmetic dentistry. He can place dental implants for patients missing single teeth or living without entire arches of teeth. Dental implants nearly mimic natural teeth in function and anchor permanent, natural-looking teeth.

Legacy Smiles offers permanent and removable dental implant restorations and can place mini dental implants for patients with thin lower jawbones. One popular permanent solution is All-on-4 and All-on-6 dental implants. These implants provide optimal support for permanent teeth on both arches. The All-on-4 and All-on-6 are designed to leave the upper palate open, which allows the patient to experience more tastes and to distinguish between hot and cold liquids.

In addition to dental implants, Legacy Smiles offers four methods of sedation, including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, IV sedation and general anesthesia. Few dental offices offer all phases of dental sedation, but Dr. Stuart has received the training to provide patients with safe sedation options. Dental sedation is a powerful tool used for patients with a fear of the dentist or those who need substantial dental work completed in one visit.

To schedule an Invisalign consultation or hear more about Dr. Stuart’s cosmetic dental treatment, visit the website or call the office at 406-794-3114.

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