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.

Maintaining your beautiful smile with an orthodontic retainer from your Buffalo dentist

Beautiful girl smiling looking on a camera with braces on white teeth

A common thought is that teeth are a part of the jawbone itself. Really, our teeth are supported below the surface by what is called the periodontal ligament. This structure is somewhat soft and pliable, which is why a tooth can be wiggled in its socket. The nature of this supporting structure is what allows successful orthodontic treatment, in which teeth are gradually moved into a new and improved position.

Whether standard bracket-and-wire braces are applied, or Invisalign aligners are used, the constant gentle pressure stretches the supportive ligament beneath the surface of the gums, freeing teeth a bit at a time to their new location. However, once the braces are removed the periodontal ligament may tend to return to its previous position. Should this occur, teeth would be shifted in the process. For this reason, an orthodontic retainer is created upon the completion of treatment in our Buffalo area practice.

The positioning of our bite is determined primarily by our genetic makeup. However, several other factors impact the position of teeth – and the beauty of the smile. The way we speak, swallow, or breathe, for instance, can dictate where and how teeth lie. These same factors that can lead to the need for braces also need to be addressed after treatment.

After orthodontic treatment, you want your smile to remain beautiful forever. Likewise, we want the work that has gone into your smile to be sustained. To prevent a relapse to misalignment, a custom orthodontic retainer will be designed. Although braces are in place for several months, the ligament takes quite some time to adapt to its new “right” position. A retainer helps this process, and keeps teeth looking and functioning at their best.

For the first six to twelve months after the removal of braces, it is beneficial to wear your retainer at all times, taking it out for meals and oral hygiene. Wearing the appliance less frequently than directed can impact the longevity of teeth straightening. Upon subsequent follow-up after the first year post-treatment, you may discover that your retainer can be worn at night only. At this time, it is important to remain consistent, wearing the retainer every night for as long as your dentist advises the practice.

The team at Smile Center has the expertise to help you achieve your smile goals. Orthodontic treatment is customized to your needs, and proper follow-up preserves beautiful results. Contact us to schedule your orthodontic consultation.

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Excellent job all around! Very thorough; very professional. Thank you.