My Dentistry Blog
By Agawam Dental Arts
July 01, 2015
Tags: Snap-On Smile  

Find out how this unique cosmetic procedure could completely revolutionize the look of your smile.

Want to get a smile that will rival your favorite Hollywood stars? Who wouldn’t? Of course, it can be expensive to get smiles just like Snap on Smilesthere’s. Or is it? Agawam dentist Dr. Michael Calabrese makes it easy and affordable to get a red carpet smile without needing a movie star budget.

What is Snap-On Smile?

Snap-On Smile is a painless and easy way to completely transform your smile without anesthesia, drilling or expensive dental bills. Snap-On Smile is made from high-quality dental resin and is designed to pop right over your existing teeth to cover a host of dental imperfections.

What problems can Snap-On Smile cover?

This cosmetic option is great for anyone dealing with these common dental flaws:

  • Stained and discolored teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked teeth

This is a great option for someone who has removable dentures and is looking for a more aesthetically appealing option. Those patients who aren’t candidates for dental implants or bridges may also want to consider how Snap-On Smile could help.

What does getting Snap-On Smile in Agawam entail?

Getting Snap-On Smile from your Agawam dentist Dr. Calabrese only requires three simple steps. The first step requires you to sit down with us and choose the shade and style of smile you want to have. Then we will take impressions of your teeth so we can create the Snap-On Smile that perfectly fits your teeth.

Once your Snap-On Smile is complete (this usually takes a few weeks) you will come back in for a final fitting, where you can wear your beautiful new smile out of our office.

Who should get Snap-On Smile?

If you want to get a straighter, whiter and more attractive smile without going through expensive and invasive dental procedures then Snap-On Smile could be the best option for you. Some patients want to get a brighter, straighter smile but don’t like the idea of shaving down parts of their natural teeth to accommodate cosmetic work like dental veneers. Snap-On Smile gives these patients the opportunity to wear a set of natural-looking, beautiful teeth without having to change their smiles.

Want a new smile without discomfort, anesthesia, drilling or dental work? Then Snap-On Smile could be the best option for you. Schedule a consultation today with Agawam Dental Arts at (413) 786-0555.

By Agawam Dental Arts
May 05, 2015
Tags: Invisalign  

Find out how your Agawam dentist can straighten your smile invisibly.

Whether you’ve had a consultation with your Agawam dentist yet or not, it’s always good to know what you can expect before Invisalignyou take on braces. If you are considering how Invisalign could improve your smile, find out a little bit more about the process and how it all works.

About Invisalign

Invisalign is a series of clear plastic aligners that are custom-made to comfortably and securely fit over the upper and lower teeth. These aligners can be removed so the patients can eat, drink, floss and brush; however, other than these situations, aligners need to be worn at all times to ensure that your treatment goes according to plan.

How Invisalign Works

When you sit down with your Agawam dentist we will find out more about your smile needs and what you are looking to correct with Invisalign. Then we will take impressions of your teeth, from which these aligners will be formed. We will also map out your individualized treatment plan that will determine which teeth should be shifted and how far they should be shifted with each aligner.

Each aligner is worn for about 22 hours out of the day for two weeks, after which the aligners will be replaced with the next set in the series. Each aligner is designed to slowly shift teeth a predetermined amount based on your Agawam dentist’s plan.

Invisalign Candidates

As of right now Invisalign is only right for teens and adults (sorry, kids!). You might be surprised to hear that these braces can treat a variety of dental issues, from the moderate to the severe. From protruding teeth to gaps between teeth and malocclusions Invisalign can straighten crooked, misshapen or uneven smiles.

Ready to say “yes” to Invisalign? Then see your Agawam dentist today for an initial consultation. Let Agawam Dental Arts help you achieve that beautiful smile!

Everyone wants a beautiful, white smile, but unfortunately not everyone knows how to make that happen. Thankfully, the process is relatively easy. Here are five teeth whitening secrets Agawam dentists want you to know.Teeth Whitening

1. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

First and foremost, if you want a white smile, you have to take care of your teeth. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily and rinsing daily at the bare minimum. Don't forget to visit Agawam Dental Arts for routine cleanings and check-ups as well, as brushing alone does not remove all of the bacteria and food particles.

2. Eat a Healthy Diet

Next, make sure that you eat a healthy and varied diet full of the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Neglect to eat well and end up deficient in certain vitamins or minerals and your teeth will show it.

3. Avoid Substances that Stain

If you are truly committed to getting beautiful, white teeth, then you will need to avoid some foods, beverages, and substances. The list is probably longer than you realize. In addition to avoiding coffee, tobacco, and red wine, you will also want to avoid berries, soy sauce, artificial food coloring and tea as well. If you cannot give them up altogether, be sure to brush and rinse immediately after consuming or using them.

4. Skip Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Products

While using an over-the-counter teeth whitening product may seem like a cheap and easy way to get whiter, brighter teeth, the truth is that many of these products can do more damage than good. Not only do some of them simply not work, but others can actually damage your teeth, making them more likely to stain in the future.

5. Visit Agawam Dental Arts for Professional Teeth Whitening

The best way to get a truly brilliant smile, however, is to visit Agawam Dental Arts for professional teeth whitening. Our dentists have the training, equipment and supplies you need to get truly remarkable teeth whitening - often in as little as one dental visit!

If you are ready to say goodbye to your dingy or discolored smile, what are you waiting for? Call Agawam Dental Arts and set up an appointment for professional teeth whitening today!

It is no secret that frequent consumption of sugary drinks and candy, as well as a diet high in carbohydrates, contribute signficantly to a high caries rate in toddlers.  Sometimes, decay is so rampant and painful that children require treatment in the operating room.

Several studies show that infection by both bacteria and fungus metabolize sugar, leading to tooth decay.  Streptococcus mutan (a bacterium) and Candida albicans (a fungus) double the number and severity of cavities.  Both stick to teeth and metabolize sugar into a sticky glue-like material.  This leads to to cavity formation through elevated accumulation of acid that dissolves enamel.

Limiting both consumption of sugar and effective brushing and flossing can significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay in everyone, but for toddlers, adult supervision is vital.  Young children necessarily rely on the direction of parents or guardians regarding their overall health, including their teeth.

If you have young children in your care, make sure to limit their consumption of sugar and supervise them when brushing and flossing their teeth.

Well, here we are in the depths of deep snow fall and the cold of winter.  Chances are, you have been spending a significant portion of your time with snow removal, salting, sanding and (hopefully) enjoying some home-cooked comfort food.  Maybe you have kept your New Years Resolutions...well, some of them maybe.

With all that you have on your mind, it is easy to just want to fall into bed with only a cursory brushing of your teeth.  I'm willing to wager that the last thing you want to do is floss your teeth before bed.  For this reason, we see seasonal increases in tooth decay between teeth and exacerbation of gum disease.  Let's face it - when you are cold and tired and fed-up with this New England Winter, flossing your teeth may not be the last thing on  your mind before getting much needed rest.

So, look at this as a gentle reminder...get back on that flossing bandwagon!  Spring is just around the corner; next month actually!  Face the warmer weather with a winning smile!  The only way to make sure you are keeping your teeth and gums healthy and beautiful is with effecting brushing and flossing EVERY DAY!

Come summer you'll be smiling in the sunshine with a healthy, beautiful smile!


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