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.

Dentist in Buffalo talks about sensible teeth whitening

Smiling woman with white teeth holding teeth whitening tray

Teeth whitening has become one of the most popular options in cosmetic dentistry, valued by both women and men for its economical smile boost and convenience. While teeth whitening is generally very safe, it is human nature, to take a good thing a little too far. Dr. Gordon Kent, the dentist patients throughout the Buffalo area trust for good advice and great dental care, shares these tips on sensible teeth whitening.

Causes of discoloration

The strong enamel of permanent teeth is composed of microscopic crystalline rods that protect tooth structure from bite force and acidic erosion. Most people have very white adult teeth initially. Enamel thins over time, though, allowing yellowish dentin to show through.

Years of biting and chewing create millions of tiny cracks in enamel. Even with good home hygiene, these cracks and the minute spaces between the crystalline rods fill with pigment and debris from foods, beverages, and tobacco. Teeth loose natural luster and become dingy, grayed, or yellowish.

In addition to those extrinsic stains, teeth may develop intrinsic stains. This type of discoloration forms on the interior of teeth, usually from medications or trauma. Ingesting too much fluoride while teeth are forming can also result in intrinsic stains.

Routine dental cleaning appointments help to eliminate extrinsic stains, and properly administered professional teeth whitening successfully addresses both types of discoloration.

How white is too white?

You hear the jokes in sit-coms and see them on social media – appliance white, Ty-D-Bol smile, Technicolor teeth. Those puns poke fun at individuals who whiten well past the natural brilliance of new adult teeth. The condition isn’t generally hazardous, but it can look artificial and cause temporary sensitivity. Dental restorations such as fillings, bondings, crowns, and veneers do not respond to whitening. If their shadings were selected to match natural dentition, they may stand out noticeably when teeth are over-whitened.

Dentists use a hand-held shade guide, typically incorporating 16 variations ranging from lightest to darkest, to gauge whiteness. Dr. Kent recommends two to seven shades lighter as a reasonable teeth whitening goal. In some extreme cases where teeth are extremely discolored before whitening, up to nine shades lighter can still look healthy and natural.

Attaining a natural white

Our society is fast paced, and in-office teeth whitening fills that need. However, this is a circumstance where a little patience pays big dividends. Using comfortable custom fit trays with professional strength NiteWhite bleaching gel produces gorgeous, long lasting results. You wear the trays for at least an hour a day (or over night if you prefer), until your teeth reach the desired shade of brightness – usually within two weeks.

You get careful usage instructions from The Smile Center team, and professional oversight throughout the whitening process. If you have concerns or questions, Dr. Kent is just a phone call or visit away.

Whitening is safe. Whitening is effective. Whitening is fun. But you only get one set of permanent teeth, so treat them right with professional care from Dr. Kent. Call The Smile Center today at 716-634-4090 to schedule an appointment.

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The Smile Center has been a reliable office for over 6 years! I have been greeted warmly, treated with respect and welcomed into their family. The hygienists (shoutout to Mary) especially make the appointment a pleasant experience. The wait time is almost always under 10 minutes. The front desk people are on top of the game as well! Definitely recommend.