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.

Straight talk on a crooked smile: Orthodontic treatment options for patients in the Buffalo area

Woman smile showing her white teeth with blue braces and giving thumbs up

There’s a common misconception that traditional braces – metal bands, brackets, wires, and rubber bands – are “kid’s stuff” or a thing of the past. Small wonder, with terrific options like transparent Invisalign straightening systems available. In reality, though, no two mouths, individuals, or lifestyles are quite the same. A patient in the Buffalo area needs orthodontic treatment options to turn a mouthful of crooked teeth into a straight, healthy, gorgeous smile. Dr. Gordon Kent delivers those options, at the general dental practice where you feel at home with a friendly team you know – The Smile Center.

Can a dentist do orthodontics?

Yes! As a matter of fact, it’s another common misconception that only an orthodontist can straighten your teeth. A general dentist can choose to take training in orthodontia as well, and may be every bit as skilled and experienced. He is actually in a great position to work with you to reach your straightening goals, since he has an in-depth understanding of your oral and overall health.

When are conventional braces best?

Braces are still a good choice for the patient with significant bite alignment problems, or for teeth that are very crooked or twisted. In many cases braces are more appropriate for younger patients with growing mouths, or for anyone who might lose Invisalign aligners or won’t reliably comply with a wearing schedule. However, maintaining good oral hygiene is a bit more of a challenge with braces.

Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign is an amazing leap in orthodontic technology. A robust computer program designs a series of smooth, crystal clear aligners that gradually move teeth into position with low force. Teens and adults love Invisalign because it is discreet – other people usually don’t even realize they are straightening. It’s a good choice for mild to moderate misalignment, and for the patient who wants to be able to eat, brush, and floss normally. It’s important to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day, though, for best results.

A number of other important considerations go into determining which straightening method is right for you. Dr. Kent makes a thorough examination of your mouth, and addresses existing dental problems before embarking on orthodontics. Then he takes time to understand your goals, lifestyle, schedule, and budget to help you make an informed decision.

It’s not difficult to find an orthodontist in the Buffalo, NY area. Finding a qualified dentist with a full range of services including orthodontics is even easier. Just make a call to The Smile Center at 716-634-4090.

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