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.

Orthodontic treatment options for Buffalo, NY and 14225 area patients

Orthodontic model and dentist tools

A misaligned smile can do more than hurt a person’s self-esteem. It can also be harmful to the health of the mouth. When teeth are crooked, it creates pockets of space where food particles can become trapped and not easily removed by brushing. Additionally, if the teeth are crowded together, it can cause pressure and discomfort while also being challenging to brush and floss between the teeth.

Orthodontic treatment can help patients improve the alignment of their teeth. However, when many patients think of orthodontics they imagine the traditional treatment of metal brackets and wires. While some teenagers view braces as a rite of passage, most adults would prefer to avoid them. In those cases, patients often opt for Invisalign. A new technology that allows dentists to help patients shift their teeth into place by using a series of clear alignment trays.

The trays are made of a soft plastic material. Therefore in addition to being nearly invisible to friends and family, the treatment is also more comfortable. There are no metal brackets to scratch the inside of the mouth and no sharp wires that can break and cut the cheek. The treatment is also largely conducted at home by the patient. Several check up appointments with the dentist will be necessary to ensure that the teeth are shifting appropriately, but patients simply follow a pre-determined regimen, swapping out one tray for the next in the series approximately every two weeks.

Overall, most patients find that Invisalign offers them many advantages over traditional braces. Dr. Gordon Kent of the Smile Center in Buffalo, NY, is proud to offer this treatment to his patients in the 14255 region. Dr. Kent understands that the way patients look can often impact the way they feel. If you’ve been considering orthodontic treatment and would like to discuss your options, call the Smile Center today.

Dr. Kent will first examine your mouth to determine how severe your misalignment is. Next he will discuss your options for straightening your teeth. Together, you and Dr. Kent will make a decision about which method of treatment is best for you, taking into consideration your lifestyle, time factors, and budget.

For more information about Invisalign, call today.

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