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.

Straight talk on a crooked smile: Orthodontic treatment options for patients in the Buffalo area

Woman smile showing her white teeth with blue braces and giving thumbs up

There’s a common misconception that traditional braces – metal bands, brackets, wires, and rubber bands – are “kid’s stuff” or a thing of the past. Small wonder, with terrific options like transparent Invisalign straightening systems available. In reality, though, no two mouths, individuals, or lifestyles are quite the same. A patient in the Buffalo area needs orthodontic treatment options to turn a mouthful of crooked teeth into a straight, healthy, gorgeous smile. Dr. Gordon Kent delivers those options, at the general dental practice where you feel at home with a friendly team you know – The Smile Center.

Can a dentist do orthodontics?

Yes! As a matter of fact, it’s another common misconception that only an orthodontist can straighten your teeth. A general dentist can choose to take training in orthodontia as well, and may be every bit as skilled and experienced. He is actually in a great position to work with you to reach your straightening goals, since he has an in-depth understanding of your oral and overall health.

When are conventional braces best?

Braces are still a good choice for the patient with significant bite alignment problems, or for teeth that are very crooked or twisted. In many cases braces are more appropriate for younger patients with growing mouths, or for anyone who might lose Invisalign aligners or won’t reliably comply with a wearing schedule. However, maintaining good oral hygiene is a bit more of a challenge with braces.

Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign is an amazing leap in orthodontic technology. A robust computer program designs a series of smooth, crystal clear aligners that gradually move teeth into position with low force. Teens and adults love Invisalign because it is discreet – other people usually don’t even realize they are straightening. It’s a good choice for mild to moderate misalignment, and for the patient who wants to be able to eat, brush, and floss normally. It’s important to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day, though, for best results.

A number of other important considerations go into determining which straightening method is right for you. Dr. Kent makes a thorough examination of your mouth, and addresses existing dental problems before embarking on orthodontics. Then he takes time to understand your goals, lifestyle, schedule, and budget to help you make an informed decision.

It’s not difficult to find an orthodontist in the Buffalo, NY area. Finding a qualified dentist with a full range of services including orthodontics is even easier. Just make a call to The Smile Center at 716-634-4090.

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Mary the hygienist was absolutely amazing! I was a nervous wreck when I went in for a cleaning today and from the start she made sure that her main concern was to make sure I was comfortable and my nerves were under control. My routine cleaning ended up turning in to a bit more of challenge, but Mary went above and beyond to make sure that I was okay. She treated me like family instead of just another scared patient and that was more than I could’ve asked for. I would highly recommend her for any and all of your dental hygiene needs!