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.

Dr. Gordon Kent


Dr. Kent was born in Chicago. He spent most of his youth and graduated high school in Brockton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston.

Dr. Kent then went to St. Louis, Mo. to attend Washington University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, as well as teaching credentials in high school history and social studies. He became licensed to teach in both Missouri and Massachusetts.

Then Dr. Kent went to Israel for a year of religious study and work. It was at this time that Dr. Kent decided on a career change. He returned to Boston, Ma. There he spent the next three years working first as a substitute teacher in the Boston School System and then as a social worker for the city of Boston, while he took the necessary science courses for entrance to dental school. He took these courses at the following universities as they fitted around his work schedule: Harvard University, Boston University, Northeastern University, and Suffolk University. During this period Dr. Kent also spent considerable time volunteering in the emergency department of Boston City Hospital. Dr. Kent was entered in 1976 and graduated three years later from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine with a degree of D.M.D in 1979. Because of his academic placement through examination, Dr. Kent was asked to be a teaching assistant for some of his dental school courses instead of taking them as a student and he was able to complete advanced work in histopathology. While in dental school Dr. Kent continued his volunteerism in the emergency clinic of the dental school.

Also while in dental school, Dr. Kent continued to work part time for the City of Boston as a social worker and then as a dental laboratory technician. After earning his doctorate in 1979, Dr. Kent moved to Western New York with his family. In 1981, Dr. Kent founded The Smile Center.

Dr. Kent was married for over forty years. He has three children and one grandchild.

Professional Vision

His vision is to provide the finest oral health care possible, using the latest but proven technologies in the most gentle ways, in an environment that is comfortable and respectful of the patients. So, all these years Dr. Kent has been providing the option of treatment with sedation catering to the dental coward in us all.

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Kent has devoted his early career years to extensive advanced dental education. Dr. Kent has been providing dental implant treatment longer than anyone else in western New York. He is one of the few Fellows of the American Society of Osseointegration, an implant academy. He was one of the first doctors in western New York to place the modern types of dental veneers or facings. Dr. Kent was also one of the very first doctors in the country to train and practice Straight Wire Orthodontics, which has become the modern standard of excellence in orthodontics. Because of his extensive training in so many dental disciplines, Dr. Kent most often practices reconstructive dentistry treating patients who have the most complex needs. Recently, Dr. Kent has been focusing on treating patients who have dental conditions that are the very worst and are in need of immediate dentures, which he provides in one visit while the patients are sedated.


The Smile Center is a great place to come to get your teeth in a healthy condition. The staff is great and friendly. There is a very positive environment here.