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.

How can Invisalign help Buffalo patients achieve straight teeth and a more beautiful smile?

Happy smiling woman with braces

Many patients come to Dr. Kent to ask about what they can do to achieve straight teeth. Buffalo area patients can utilize a number of orthodontic treatments, including that of Invisalign. Invisalign is unlike any other orthodontic treatment. Instead of utilizing metal brackets and wires to pull and push teeth into new positions, Invisalign uses clear aligner trays that the patient wears to straighten the teeth gently.

Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional orthodontics for many patients. It is used for teenagers and adults who want straight teeth but do not want to hide their smile behind metal during treatment. Patients can use Invisalign to achieve a more beautiful smile without the embarrassment or appearance of traditional braces.

Invisalign is worn at all times, day and night, to maneuver teeth into different positions in the mouth. A series of trays are made for each patient for the course of their treatment. Some patients may have eight or ten trays, while others may have twenty or more. This is dependent on the severity of the misalignment. These trays are made with medical-grade plastic, and are worn for two weeks at a time. Patients wear them over their teeth, with the exception of when they are eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing. They are easy to pop in and out, and can be cleaned with ease.

Treatment times may vary, depending on the compliance from the patient as well as the way the teeth respond to treatment. More severe misalignment may need longer treatments and more trays, and this can be discussed during the patient’s initial consultation appointment. Dr. Kent will be able to talk with the patient about what to expect during treatment, as well as how to achieve the best results for a more beautiful, amazing smile!

If you have been curious to learn more about this state-of-the-art way to realign teeth without brackets and wires, contact Dr. Kent and the team at the Smile Center of Buffalo today to learn more about how Invisalign can help you achieve straight teeth. Buffalo patients can now seek an alternative to traditional bracket and wire braces in a fun and affordable way!

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