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.

Correct a bad bite with the Invisalign procedure in Buffalo

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What most people envision is a crooked, crowded smile when they think of orthodontic problems. Crooked teeth have a detrimental impact on the smile, and they create challenges in the area of hygiene and chewing. These are not small problems associated with misalignment. They are not, however, the only problems that can occur. Dr. Kent, in consulting with patients for orthodontic treatment, also discusses the importance of a good bite.

The mechanics of the bite

The oral structure as a whole involves much more than teeth. There are also joints, muscles, and bones that all interact to achieve proper function. All of these components work together to ensure that upper teeth meet lower teeth when biting down. For some people, this function does not occur. Even teeth that are nicely straight may not meet correctly in the bite. Dental professionals refer to this as a bad bite.

Why this is bad

A bad bite, depending on its severity, can pose significant problems for the appearance of the smile. Some people have such a bite problem that the entire facial profile is altered. For instance, an overbite can be so noticeable that it is obvious even when the mouth is closed.

The condition of the bite is also relevant to health. Our teeth are designed to grind our food in preparation for digestion. If teeth do not meet properly, they are inefficient at completing their task and the digestive system must work harder to break down food.

On a physical level, misalignment in the jaw can lead to discomfort stemming from dysfunction in the joints that facilitate various oral movements. TMJ disorder is a common condition that can cause jaw and facial discomfort, ringing in the ears, ear pain, and even chronic headaches.

The Invisalign procedure is a viable solution to a bad bite.

Invisalign has been used in our Buffalo practice for several years, and yet many people still believe this treatment to be cosmetic in nature. The truth is Invisalign is a safe, discreet way to address bite problems as well as misalignment that affects the beauty of the smile. With Invisalign, it is possible to close wide gaps, to align an overbite, underbite, or crossbite, and to create more space between crowded teeth.

Bite problems may not require metal wire-and-bracket braces. Contact Smile Center at 716-634-4090 to learn more about Invisalign.

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