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.

Looking for an orthodontist in Buffalo NY? Benefit from unique expertise across many straightening methods

Closeup of beautiful girl on dental braces check up

In some respects, there has never been a better time to get braces. There are more comfortable not to mention attractive options to straighten teeth.

Maybe for as long as you can remember you’ve had less-than-straight teeth. Perhaps your teeth have shifted over time. Whatever the case may be there is no time like the present to gain (or regain) a straight smile.

The longer you live with crooked teeth, the more complications can arise. You may have problems cleaning between crowded teeth. This can lead to decay, which leads to tooth damage and tooth loss. Crooked teeth can also place strain on other parts of the mouth, the jaws and muscles. That frequent headache, for example, may not be caused by the everyday stresses of work and family commitments. You may have the stress placed on your mouth from misaligned teeth to blame for these and other conditions that may not immediately appear related to oral health, including neck pain.

The root of the problem

Do your teeth look more crooked than they have in the past? Gum disease is a common problem. It can cause teeth to shift. The good news is gum disease is highly preventable and damage caused by this inflammation can be reversed.

Dr. Gordon Kent will want to assess the health of your gums and mouth. From there he can help identify the orthodontic treatment that is best for you. If it is determined that shifting and other symptoms such as bleeding and swelling are caused by gum disease, it’s necessary to bring the condition under control before embarking on treatment.

After all, conventional braces and invisible aligners such as Invisalign work by gently moving teeth into place within the very bone that supports them. Gum or periodontal disease can have a damaging effect on both the tissues and the underlying bone. If anything, orthodontic treatment can make the condition worse. It should also be said that traditional braces require diligent and careful brushing around the gum line. This can take some getting used to with braces, but proper oral hygiene is vital to keep the sticky, bacterial plaque film from forming. Plaque and its hardened form, tartar, can irritate and inflame the gums.

One of the benefits of Invisalign is the aligners that straighten your teeth can be removed for brushing and flossing. This eliminates the challenge associated with braces of cleaning around the gum line. In turn, it also helps to prevent gum disease. The aligners may also be removed for eating and for special occasions, as long as they are worn for at least around 22 hours a day.

To find out more about how Invisalign and other modern orthodontic methods work, call 716-634-4090 to schedule an appointment at the Smile Center. Unlike other providers in the Buffalo NY area, Dr. Kent’s patients benefit from his advanced orthodontist training as well as extensive training and experience across many disciplines, including dental implantology. For this reason Dr. Kent rarely has to refer patients to other specialists, which means added convenience with all your dental needs under one roof!

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Always very professional and friendly. The register dental hygienist Mary is great. She really makes you feel comfortable and understands people have ” dental anxiety”. She always puts me at ease.