As we begin to see more news about COVID-19 (coronavirus), Smile Center will be taking some additional steps to protect the health and safety of our patients and team.

We adhere to the ADA and CDC cleaning guidelines at all times, and all standard sterilization measures are followed.

Additionally, we have increased our daily cleaning and disinfecting measures to include frequently-touched surfaces, such as counter tops, door handles, bathroom surfaces, and more. We encourage our staff to use hand sanitizer and wash their hands thoroughly. We encourage our patients to do the same.

During this time we will be available only for emergencies. If you have a true emergency please call 716-634-4090

If you answer YES to any of the following questions, please CALL OUR OFFICE to reschedule your appointment. No cancellation fee or penalty will apply. Answer Questions
  • Have you traveled outside of the continental US in the past 14 days?
  • Have you traveled to/from high-risk areas in the US or on a cruise ship in the past 14 days?
  • Have you had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset?
  • Do you currently have a fever or symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g. cough, shortness of breath)?
  • Do you feel ill in any way?
Just like with our patients, we have asked our team members to stay home if they feel ill. Your health and well being are our top priority. We are monitoring the situation and updating our standards and policies as new information emerges. We promise to do everything in our power to keep you safe.

Please call our office if you have any questions.

Buffalo residents discover modern approach to teeth straightening after asking: “How does Invisalign work?”

Woman looking at camera and smiling holding invisalign braces

More than 2.5 million people have achieved straighter smiles since the FDA approved the use of Invisalign® clear plastic aligners in 1998. Today’s Invisalign®-wearers benefit from continuously advancing technologies.

If you were ever told in the past that Invisalign® wasn’t an option for you, there is no time like the present to check again. Manufacturer Align Technology reports Invisalign® can now accommodate the use of elastics. This means today’s Invisalign® can treat severe bite issues that couldn’t be corrected with the early versions of this game-changing technology.

In addition to treating concerns over how the upper and lower jaws fit together, Invisalign® can:

  • Close gaps
  • Straighten crooked teeth to reduce crowding

When these conditions are repaired, we help prevent new oral health concerns from emerging or existing dental problems from progressing. For instance, when teeth are crowded, you may be unable to properly brush and floss between tiny spaces. Ineffective cleaning leads to plaque accumulation, which causes tooth decay and an increased chance of gum disease.

You may be asking yourself, “How can Invisalign® straighten, especially without the metal wires and brackets of traditional braces?” After addressing concerns including costs and insurance coverage with you, the Smile Center team may find Invisalign® can benefit you as it has millions of others. From there we’ll design a customized treatment plan.

This plan is developed by first sending x-rays, images, impressions and any other information about your teeth to the makers of Invisalign®, Align Technology. Using this information, the company creates a three dimensional image to guide your precise treatment plan. Generally, plans include:

  • The virtual model that shows how teeth shift as treatment progresses
  • Clear, BPA-free plastic aligners customized to fit your mouth and correspond with each step illustrated in the virtual model
  • Wearing aligners at least 20 to 22 hours each day to gently and gradually move teeth into place
  • Options for removal to easily, effectively clean teeth and comfortably eat
  • New sets of aligners approximately every two weeks to move from one stage of treatment to the next
  • Occasional checkups with the Smile Center to monitor progress

On average, treatment takes about 12 months. We may also recommend retainers following Invisalign® treatment to assure teeth don’t shift back to their pre-straightened state.

There’s a good chance any time required for straightening will feel like it’s flown by, because aligners are so comfortable you’ll forget you are wearing them. In addition, since they are designed be invisible no one else is aware of the straightening process.

Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Kent and his team to discuss “How does Invisalign work?” in Buffalo at greater length by calling 716-634-4090. Even conventional braces have advanced with ceramic, tooth-colored brackets that can’t be seen by others and are smaller and more comfortable than traditional metal orthodontia.

Depending on your situation, the Smile Center may not recommend braces at all. Dental crowns and tooth-colored porcelain facings bonded to the front of the tooth can reposition teeth and quickly improve your appearance.

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I had surgery for immediate dentures on 21st November and I just have to say that Laura and Dr. Kent are amazing. I had absolutely no pain only a few tender spots and didn’t even need my prescribed pain medication! I read alot of horror stories on the internet and I would absolutely recommend going to The Smile Center if you choose to go through this process. Although these aren’t my final set of teeth, I can finally smile and not be ashamed of how I look! I have no doubt my finals will be even better! Thank you Dr. Kent and staff.