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A Few of “My Favourite Things”
Written by Dr. Kelvin Mah   

family sitting on couchWhile every holiday season is different and exciting, it’s nice to know that there are a few “old standards” that we can count on, year after year: things like cheerful lights and decorations, massive meals followed by abundant leftovers, and sure enough, an annual viewing of The Sound of Music!

Now, my goal here isn’t to spark a Julie Andrews vs. Carrie Underwood debate. Nor am I going to try my hand at singing, yodeling or pirouetting atop a mountain. Instead, I’d simply invite you to send a few minutes with me as I, inspired by the unforgettable Von Trap family (and my own, pictured here), introduce you to “A Few of my Favourite Things!”

My Amazing Team

My list of favourite things starts with my truly amazing team. We’re more than just professional colleagues. We’re a caring family who share an unwavering commitment to delivering a fabulous and unforgettable patient experience. We’re also constantly finding ways to improve through workshops, leadership training, and other methods. It’s truly an honour to work with such incredible, dedicated people each day.

My Unique Consulting Room

As some readers may already know, my consultation room is my favourite place here at Smile City Square Dental! I have meticulously designed it to provide patients with a soothing, relaxing and serene environment where they can chat at length about their concerns, goals and dreams. Indeed, investing quality time to know and appreciate each patient’s personality has always been one of my core commitments, and my unique consultation room is the ideal place to start that special dialogue and rewarding relationship.

Energizing Study Groups

One of the things I love most about dentistry is that there’s always something new, interesting and exciting to learn. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of my favourite things is participating in energizing study groups with my peers where we discuss – and yes, sometimes vigorously debate -- advanced therapies, emerging methodologies, and best practices in patient-focused care. Right now I’m honored to be an instructor at the renowned Frontier Dental Institute, where I’m involved in teaching dentists advanced smile techniques.

Leading Edge Technologies like CEREC and Zoom! In-Office Whitening

While I could spend an entire article on the incredible, leading edge technology that I use each day to serve my patients, for now I’ll highlight two of my favourites: CEREC and Zoom! in-office whitening. With CEREC, I can digitally scan your tooth, design and mill a restoration out of a solid block of ceramic, all in the same visit. There are no unpleasant impressions, no temporary fillings and no need for a second appointment. As well, CEREC restorations are amongst the most durable, comparable to gold. And when it comes to a dazzling smile, in my view Zoom! in-office whitening is hands down the easiest, fastest and most cost-effective way to dramatically enhance a smile.

My Incredible Patients

And of course, no list of my favourite things would be complete without celebrating my incredible patients! Each one has a unique, fascinating story to tell. It’s a privilege to be invited into their world, and entrusted to use my artisan skill and insight to find, create and reveal their authentic smile -- which is the smile they were born to enjoy and share.

Putting it All Together

Ultimately, while all of my favourite things may look somewhat different on the surface, it’s easy to see that they’re all connected by a unifying theme, which is to enrich lives, one smile at a time by creating an unforgettable experience that elevates my patients on every level: body, mind and soul.

Indeed, this is what inspires me each day, fills me with immense joy and gratitude, and drives me to constantly improve. And just as happily, unlike those abundant holiday leftovers, it’s something that I’ll never grow weary of – because it’s an experience that, astonishingly, keeps on getting better and better. That’s what makes it my “most favourite thing” of all…and always will!

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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