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.

Buffalo residents discover modern approach to teeth straightening after asking: “How does Invisalign work?”

Woman looking at camera and smiling holding invisalign braces

More than 2.5 million people have achieved straighter smiles since the FDA approved the use of Invisalign® clear plastic aligners in 1998. Today’s Invisalign®-wearers benefit from continuously advancing technologies.

If you were ever told in the past that Invisalign® wasn’t an option for you, there is no time like the present to check again. Manufacturer Align Technology reports Invisalign® can now accommodate the use of elastics. This means today’s Invisalign® can treat severe bite issues that couldn’t be corrected with the early versions of this game-changing technology.

In addition to treating concerns over how the upper and lower jaws fit together, Invisalign® can:

  • Close gaps
  • Straighten crooked teeth to reduce crowding

When these conditions are repaired, we help prevent new oral health concerns from emerging or existing dental problems from progressing. For instance, when teeth are crowded, you may be unable to properly brush and floss between tiny spaces. Ineffective cleaning leads to plaque accumulation, which causes tooth decay and an increased chance of gum disease.

You may be asking yourself, “How can Invisalign® straighten, especially without the metal wires and brackets of traditional braces?” After addressing concerns including costs and insurance coverage with you, the Smile Center team may find Invisalign® can benefit you as it has millions of others. From there we’ll design a customized treatment plan.

This plan is developed by first sending x-rays, images, impressions and any other information about your teeth to the makers of Invisalign®, Align Technology. Using this information, the company creates a three dimensional image to guide your precise treatment plan. Generally, plans include:

  • The virtual model that shows how teeth shift as treatment progresses
  • Clear, BPA-free plastic aligners customized to fit your mouth and correspond with each step illustrated in the virtual model
  • Wearing aligners at least 20 to 22 hours each day to gently and gradually move teeth into place
  • Options for removal to easily, effectively clean teeth and comfortably eat
  • New sets of aligners approximately every two weeks to move from one stage of treatment to the next
  • Occasional checkups with the Smile Center to monitor progress

On average, treatment takes about 12 months. We may also recommend retainers following Invisalign® treatment to assure teeth don’t shift back to their pre-straightened state.

There’s a good chance any time required for straightening will feel like it’s flown by, because aligners are so comfortable you’ll forget you are wearing them. In addition, since they are designed be invisible no one else is aware of the straightening process.

Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Kent and his team to discuss “How does Invisalign work?” in Buffalo at greater length by calling 716-634-4090. Even conventional braces have advanced with ceramic, tooth-colored brackets that can’t be seen by others and are smaller and more comfortable than traditional metal orthodontia.

Depending on your situation, the Smile Center may not recommend braces at all. Dental crowns and tooth-colored porcelain facings bonded to the front of the tooth can reposition teeth and quickly improve your appearance.

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