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 I Smile Dental Studio 

At {I Smile Dental Studio} , our priority is to deliver quality care to informed patients in a comfortable and convenient setting.

Quality Care
When you have dental problems, you need to turn to a dentist who listens and responds ... an experienced doctor who knows the field and can effectively diagnose and treat your needs ... a friendly dentist who counsels you on the best ways to maintain and improve your health. Our staff meet all these criteria. Plus, you benefit from a dedicated team of trained professionals who give you the individualized attention you deserve.

Informed Patients
I Smile Dental Studio believes that informed patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding their health and well being. That is why we've included an extensive section on this web site covering the full array of topics associated with dentistry and dental diagnoses and treatments. We encourage you to look through these pages whenever you have an interest or concern about your dental needs and care.

Comfortable, Convenient Setting
The best care in the world doesn't mean anything if you can't access it. At I Smile Dental Studio, we strive to make our Enfield office as efficient and convenient as possible. Included in these web pages is information about I Smile Dental Studio's office, including our Enfield location, maps, directions, hours, insurance policies and appointment scheduling. You can even email a request for an appointment right here!

Infection Conrol
Infection Control in our office is also very important to us. To protect our patients and ourselves, we strictly maintain sterilization and cross contamination processes using standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

We hope you find this web site useful and invite you to contact us with your questions at any time.

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Meet Our Staff

Learn Who We Are

  • Connie Y. Gao D.D.S.

    Dr. Gao graduated from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1998 with a degree in Biochemistry, minor in Biology. She then attended Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine in New York City and received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2005. She also completed one year General Residency Program at New York Hospital of Queens in Flushing, New York. Upon completing her residency, Dr. Gao took advanced courses on orthodontics and provides orthodontic treatment to both children and adults. Her interest in science, combined with a love of art, led her to establish a career in family and aesthetic dentistry.

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  • Peter Michaelson D.M.D.

    Since graduating from UCONN Dental School in 1981, I have seen many different methods and models of dental practice. I enjoy discovering each patient's unique situation, wants and needs. The challenge of designing the perfect treatment plan for each patient, utilizing today's materials and methods consistent with proven principals of sound dentistry, is something I enjoy every day.

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  • Kathleen A. Salius D.D.S.

    Dr. Salius began her career as a dental hygienest in Connecticut. After graduating from the University of Connecticut she entered the Medical College of Virginia Dental School. She graduated in 1990 with numerous awards in the area of Prosthodontics including OKU-National Dental Honor Society. This was followed by two years of advanced training to receive a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Prosthodontics from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Leaving the South, Dr. Salius moved to New York to study implant dentistry. She completed a two year Fellowship in Implant Dentistry from New York Unniversity.

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  • Jason Hernandez D.M.D.

    Born in New York but raised in southeastern Connecticut, Dr. Hernandez is proud to call Connecticut his home. Dr. Hernandez graduated from the University of Connecticut Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Molecular Cell Biology. He graduated from the UConn School of Dental Medicine in 2011. He received a certificate for completion of a residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry from Lutheran Medical Center Eastern Shore Maryland. 

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Featured Articles

Read about helpful topics

  • Invisalign®

    Invisalign's® invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners will give you the beautiful straight teeth you've always wanted. And best of all, no one can tell you're wearing them. Invisalign® is great for adults and teenagers. What is Invisalign®? Invisalign® is the invisible way to straighten ...

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  • Veneers

    Teeth that are badly stained, shaped or crooked may be improved by a veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, ...

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  • Fillings

    Frequently asked questions: dental fillings Are dental amalgams safe? Is it possible to have an allergic reaction to amalgam? Is it true that dental amalgams have been banned in other countries? Is there a filling material that matches tooth color? If my tooth doesn't hurt and my filling is still in ...

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  • Sealants

    Sealants are liquid coatings that harden on the chewing surfaces of teeth and are showing a great deal of effectiveness in preventing cavities—even on teeth where decay has begun. The pits and grooves of your teeth are prime areas for opportunistic decay. Even regular brushing sometimes misses these ...

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  • Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Patient

    Patient Rights You have a right to choose your own dentist and schedule an appointment in a timely manner. You have a right to know the education and training of your dentist and the dental care team. You have a right to arrange to see the dentist every time you receive dental treatment, ...

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  • Overview

    Pain can occur in any number of places in your mouth: teeth, gums, roots, the palate, tongue and jaw. Cavities are a common culprit causing pain. Untreated cavities can impact nerves because of infections of the tooth and gums. Impacted and abscessed teeth and sore jaws from teeth grinding are other ...

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  • Toothaches

    Simple toothaches can often be relieved by rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris and other matter. Sometimes, a toothache can be caused or aggravated by a piece of debris lodged between the tooth and another tooth. Avoid placing an aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain, because the dissolving ...

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  • Introduction

    Does mercury in the silver fillings in your mouth pose any long-term health risks? Does fluoride, in spite of everything we've been told since childhood, actually cause more harm than good? What does the latest research reveal about tobacco use on your overall oral health? This section is dedicated ...

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  • Your First Dental Visit

    Your first dental visit promises to be a pleasant experience. Making sound decisions about your dental care and oral health is an easy thing to do with the right preparation beforehand: Make a list of questions to ask our office, so you don't forget anything on the day of your appointment. This ...

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  • Medications

    Some dental procedures, such as tooth extractions and oral surgery, may call for our office to prescribe medications before or after a procedure. These medications are used to prevent or fight an infection, or to relieve any post-operative discomfort and pain. For these reasons, it is extremely important ...

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Our Location

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Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Enfield Location

Monday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm** (once a month)

Sunday:

Closed

Hartford Location

Monday:

9:00 am-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-4:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

 

Contact Hartford Location for Office hours:
860-247-1021