Patients who believe they have imperfect smiles may be interested in addressing issues such as misalignment with orthodontics. However, the idea of visiting a specialist such as an orthodontist can be scary, especially for patients who have developed great personal relationships with the team of the Smile Center. Dr. Gordon Kent of Buffalo, NY is a dentist who can provide orthodontic care in one of two ways.
For patients with severe misalignment, overcrowding, and malocclusion, Dr. Gordon Kent may still suggest the use of traditional braces. Conventional orthodontics often includes the use of metal brackets and wires to achieve straightening. In some cases, adult teeth may be extracted to make room for orthodontic adjustments, especially in situations where overcrowding in a smaller mouth is the source of the issue. Traditional braces can take some time but provide permanent results.
We understand that many patients are not enthusiastic about the idea of having traditional braces placed on their teeth. They may feel embarrassed or self-conscious about having metal covering their smiles for many months. These patients, especially those with mild to moderate misalignment, may be ideal candidates for a treatment known as Invisalign orthodontics. Invisalign orthodontics is an alternative to traditional braces that uses clear aligner trays instead of brackets and wires to reposition the teeth.
Both traditional braces and Invisalign orthodontics are available in our state-of-the-art practice, and patients need to consult with one of our team members to determine if they appropriate candidates. A physical examination of the smile as well as x-rays may help our dentist decide who is best for Invisalign and who may be better suited for more traditional orthodontia.
If you live in or around the Buffalo, NY area and are seeking a dentist “near me,” contact the Smile Center and take the time to consult with Dr. Gordon Kent and his team of quality dental professionals. He works with men and women to help them find ways of achieving more beautiful smiles, especially if malocclusion is the cause of an imperfect smile!