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Counting My Blessings This New Year
Written by Dr. Kelvin Mah   

group photoAs 2016 begins, I want to thank all of my patients for another great year! Earlier this month, I took some time to reflect on the wonderful year we had here at Smile City Square Dental. I truly have an amazing team of colleagues who motivate me to work towards my mission every day. Not only do I get to work with some of the most talented individuals, I am also able to fulfill my dreams thanks to all of my patients who put their faith and trust in me to give them the absolute best dental care. There is nothing that satisfies me more than helping others reach their smile goals and revealing their full potential.

Some of you are new patients, and some of you I have known for many years. Nonetheless, each and every one of my patients is unique to me and I enjoy getting to know you and your stories. I hope that with every visit to my dental centre, you are able to feel a strengthened connection with myself and my team. After all, my work philosophy is to always focus on the patient—everything I do revolves around you!

I was reminded of this earlier in the year with one of my patients, Shilan. Her smile transformation began when she was referred to Smile City Square by a close friend, but was hesitant and had some reservations about going to a new dental centre. I ensured her that I would do my best to get her the smile that she wanted. It took some time during our consultation, but I finally got Shilan to open up about her desires and I was able to really understand her story. We all have unique interpretations of “beautiful” and it was crucial that I listen to exactly what she wanted, not to what I assumed she wanted. She had extremely healthy teeth but was insecure about the “gumminess” of her smile.

before photo of teethAfter reshaping her gums, I could instantly see how uplifted Shilan was by this transformation. She came back to tell me that her smile now truly reflected how she felt about herself: confident, proud, and beautiful. I’m so grateful to have met Shilan, as her transformation was yet another reminder to me of why I became so passionate about the dental industry in the first place: to help make people’s dreams into reality.

Many of you are aware of how deep my appreciation is for the art of dentistry. This practice has significantly impacted my life in so many ways. I’ve noticed over the years, with myself and with my patients, that being aware and active about oral health makes a huge difference in the overall health of your body. Often the first thing people will notice when they look at you is your smile!

One of my patients, Lisa, has a great story that demonstrates the importance of staying both physically and emotionally healthy (these go hand in hand). Lisa was the winner of my dental transformation contest this year. I was blown away by her inspiring story, and I am humbled that I have had the chance to get to know her. I brought her in for a consultation so I could identify her needs as a patient, and make sure I could give her my best care. Lisa had been recovering from a negative past, and wanted to continue on a new, rejuvenating path that included having a smile that she could proudly show off. We started her transformation by whitening her teeth, then re-shaping her gums, and finished off by closing the gaps between her front teeth.

Putting in the work to prepare every detail of every treatment was well worth it after seeing how thrilled Lisa was at her amazing new smile. She is now on a brighter, happier path and is never looking back. This example goes to show that having a healthy mouth is an important part of having a healthy life.

after photo of teethNone of Smile City Square Dental’s successes would have been possible without the tremendous work of my dental team. They definitely deserve recognition for the effort they put in every day to create a warm and friendly environment for our patients. I am proud to say that our office environment reflects the services that we provide—we aim to make you feel relaxed, comfortable, and surrounded by natural beauty. We hope you enjoyed your visits with us this past year, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reflecting on these moments has given me even more motivation to strive towards my mission of enriching lives, one smile at a time. So, as the ground gets whiter and the lights get brighter, we hope the same goes for your teeth! In all seriousness, I hope you take a few moments during this special time of year to reflect on your own accomplishments and count your blessings. As well, ensure your family stays healthy all year round!

Best wishes from all of us at Smile City Square Dental! Hope you had a joyous holiday season and good health in the New Year.

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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