We are pleased to announce that we are now permitted to provide all dental procedures and services. Our communities have been through a lot over the last few months. Smile Center is committed to the safety of our patients and our team. We will do our best to accommodate your scheduling needs. We thank you for your understanding during this changing time.

We follow recommendations and guidelines made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This allows us to make sure that our infection control procedures are up-to-date and enables us to provide the safest environment for our patients and our team.

Smile Center has implemented additional safety precautions to help protect our patients and staff. We will be scheduling appointments in a manner that promotes social distancing and allows for adequate time for us to disinfect all areas of use in between appointments.

Upon arrival at our office,
  • Call us before entering the building to let us know you have arrived. We will call or text you once the office is ready for you to enter.
  • We ask that patients enter the office unaccompanied.
  • A member of our team will meet you at the door to take your temperature with a contactless thermometer.
  • Every person entering the office is expected to wear a face covering and will be asked to sanitize their hands immediately upon entry.
  • A COVID-19 questionnaire will be reviewed with you.

Clear plastic screens (sneeze guards) have been installed at the front desk to minimize exposure to airborne pathogens. Air exchange devices and new suction systems have been obtained and are being used to ensure the safety of patients and team.

Our doctors and staff will be wearing all of the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE).

Thank you for being part of our family dental practice. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming you back.

A beautiful smile starts with a healthy approach to cosmetic dentistry in Buffalo, NY

Smiling woman at dentist

While dental conditions can be quite complex, Dr. Kent and the Smile Center team have many ways to restore the appearance of your smile. Qualities formerly taken for granted suffer when your teeth and gums hurt as you chew, or when you are embarrassed by changes in the look of your mouth over time.

To correct discoloration, chips, gaps, and other flaws that often go hand-in-hand with decay and disease, the Smile Center may suggest cosmetic dentistry services in Buffalo NY, including:

  • Professional in-office or take-home teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Tooth-colored restorations, as attractive as they are durable
  • Orthodontic straightening like ClearCorrect and Invisalign
  • Porcelain crowns
  • Natural looking tooth replacement options such as dental implant-supported crowns

These options may be combined to transform the look of your smile. Of course, your health is the most important consideration. Dr. Kent always takes into account how any restorative procedures and materials will look in your mouth, as well as how well they will hold up after years of cumulative pressure from chewing and biting. Patients with healthy smiles are also candidates for elective cosmetic procedures, as it is necessary to have good oral health before moving on with treatments such as whitening.

Decay: The ugly truth

Your mouth contains more than 500 different species of bacteria. They contribute to the constant formation of a sticky and destructive film called plaque. While saliva acts as a natural cleanser to remove plaque, its production is inhibited by some health conditions and medications, which frequently cause dry mouth.

Natural mouth bacteria feast on sugars in food and drink that remain on teeth. Bacteria and sugars combine to produce acids, which eventually invade the inside of the tooth. You can see visual indicators of this destructive process. You may initially notice that the protective enamel coating has thinned. Then acids create holes or cavities in the teeth.

Cavities may look like spots that are whiter than the rest of the tooth, or appear as parts of the tooth that are gray, brown, or black. If cavities aren’t filled, this acidic mix in the mouth will continue to wreak havoc on your smile. You may notice chips and other changes to the shape and surface of the tooth. Eventually, decay threatens the very structure of the tooth as it reaches the nerve center or pulp.

Plaque also irritates tissues around the teeth, and promotes gum disease. As disease advances, you may experience crowding and gaps, and teeth may feel loose in their sockets. For the health and beauty of your mouth, don’t delay. Schedule an appointment with the Smile Center by calling 716-634-4090.

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I have been a Smile Center patient for 5 years now and I have always had a pleasant experience. The staff are super friendly and very informative and attentive to your needs. I’ve had crown work as well as cavity fillings and regular teeth cleanings and my experience is always a good one. I recommend them for all your periodontal needs.