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Saying “I Do” to a Magical Day and a Happier Life
Written by Dr. Kelvin Mah   

photo of Nicole smilingI really enjoy going to weddings. What’s not to like? It’s a chance to see so many people, from toddlers to seniors, get all dressed up in their very best and come together to celebrate an extraordinary event. Yet there’s something I enjoy even more than going to weddings: the opportunity to help a bride-to-be look and feel her absolute best on that unforgettable day.

Like so many of my patients who are planning to march down the aisle, Nicole was both excited about her big day, and anxious about the state of her smile. With the wedding set to take place in her native China this fall, she knew there would be plenty of pre-wedding social events to look forward to – and countless photos, too. She didn’t want her uneasy smile to take away from what is supposed to be an enchanting, unforgettable experience with friends and relatives.

While Nicole might have expected me to launch into a “menu of dental treatments” (complete with the required jargon that so many dentists love using), instead I did something that won’t surprise any of my regular readers. I asked her my favourite question in the world, one that she’d never heard from a dentist before: “What do you want?” I listened to Nicole’s response – what she said, how she said it, and especially what she didn’t say – and learned that discoloration and two chipped front teeth had bothered her for years, and that kind of “negative energy” was inconsistent with her role as a design assistant in the fashion industry.

photo teeth before treatmentAt the same time, Nicole didn’t want the “Hollywood glam” look. Rather, she wanted her smile to subtly complement who she was as a person, to express her individuality and enhance her personality. In a sense, she wanted to achieve a very delicate and precise harmony with her smile, one that would inspire inner confidence and would encourage her to smile more and express the happy, dynamic and caring person she truly is, and always has been.

“Improving my smile was much easier and faster than I thought. I was also surprised by how minor changes could lead to such a huge result. And while I’ve always been a happy person, I feel free to smile now in a whole new way. As for Dr. Mah, what can I say? He was so friendly and caring, and spent a lot of time talking with me about what I wanted, and how I wanted to feel. He made me feel very important and that I was his most important concern. He was the right dentist for me, and I have already recommended him to my colleagues in the fashion world and family members, too. Thank you Dr. Mah for giving me the natural, beautiful smile I always wanted!”

photo of teeth after treatmentNicole also told me something that I’ve heard from many patients: her home “whitening strip” experience had been a dismal waste of time and money, and was also unexpectedly painful. And even if it had worked (which it clearly hadn’t), she’d still be self-conscious and unhappy about her chipped teeth.

After learning about Nicole’s unique personality, hopes and dreams, we then explored various Mini Smile Makeover possibilities that would be minimally invasive and would create a flawless natural look that would last far beyond her wedding day. We agreed that the best solution would be to whiten Nicole’s teeth with the proprietary Zoom! In-Office Whitening System, allowing me to whiten her teeth in a single visit. The new whitening system, which has recently been improved, allows us to achieve amazing results with minimal sensitivity. Home whitening products just cannot compare. To make her hated chipped front teeth a thing of the past, we agreed that I would apply ultra-thin layers of bonding, precisely set, coloured and polished, that would be completely indistinguishable from her natural teeth in every way.

Within a few visits, Nicole became the proud new owner of a beautifully natural, balanced and harmonious smile that any bride would wish for. Like most of my Mini Smile Makeovers, Nicole was shocked that we accomplished this in such a short time. And still, that was just half of the picture. The other half was that that the shadow of discomfort and distraction that had followed Nicole around for decades had lifted, and revealed a beautiful glow that I knew had always been hidden there, and could now be proudly apparent on her wedding day.

Dr. Kelvin Mah -

Dr Kelvin P Mah is driven to "enrich lives, one smile at a time." He believes in helping people – not merely treating problems – and takes a dedicated, personal interest in the health, wellness and happiness of each individual patient. His award-winning Smile City Square Dental practice reflects an organic and zen-like atmosphere of warmth and relaxation. He is also a graduate of UBC's prestigious Dental School and is an instructor with the Frontier Institute, which offers postgraduate programs in advanced cosmetic dentistry. Learn more about Dr Mah and discover the transformative possibilities of modern artisan dentistry at, and visit Smile City Square Dental on Facebook at


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