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

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 716-568-7015.
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