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Get ready to love your smile!


We are a passionate group of doctors, assistants and front desk staff enthusiastic about providing the best dental care, service and experience in the downtown core area.

(...and the team committed to caring for your pearly whites.)

Who We Are

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Get ready to love your smile!


We are a passionate group of doctors, assistants and front desk staff enthusiastic about providing the best dental care, service and experience in the downtown core area.

(...and the team committed to caring for your pearly whites.)

Who We Are

 


Who we are

We are a passionate group of doctors, assistants and front desk staff enthusiastic about providing the best dental care, service and experience in the downtown core area. For XX years, we have been giving our patients endless reasons to smile and our goal is to continue inspiring even more smiles. 

We know you have options when selecting a dental provider, so thank you for considering The Vital Smile. We hope to see you in our office soon!
 

 

 

Overview


We are an enthusiastic group of dental experts working in the downtown Vancouver area.

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Overview


We are an enthusiastic group of dental experts working in the downtown Vancouver area.

P: 604.685.9373     info@thevitalsmile.ca     1090 W Georgia Street Suite #560 Vancouver, BC, V6E3V7

 
 
 
 

Who We Are

We are a passionate group of doctors, hygienists, assistants and staff enthusiastic about providing you with the best possible dental care. For over 20 years, we have been providing our patients endless reasons to smile, and it is our goal to provide you with the very best dental experience possible, each and every time you visit us. 

We will always strive to provide you with a warm, welcoming environment, where you feel respected and are the recipient of the best possible care available today. We want you to feel encouraged, enlightened, and empowered to take the very best care of yourself. 

We want to help you to TAKE PRIDE IN YOU!

 
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Committed To Caring


Meet our expert staff, committed to bringing you the very best experience in all things dental related. 

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Committed To Caring


Meet our expert staff, committed to bringing you the very best experience in all things dental related. 

Dr. Kevin Bougher

I knew early on in my career planning that I wanted to be in a scientific and/or clinical field of some sort, but that I also wanted to help people. Having been in the chair too many times for my own liking, I can honestly say that I understand what it feels like to be the patient. I found my fit in a field where care and compassion are so very important.  My career in dentistry provides me with the perfect combination of practicing science and compassion. I have the opportunity every day to make a difference and I find this to be extremely fulfilling.

I graduated from the University of Alberta, where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1990 and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1992, and have been in practice in the Vancouver area since moving here 1992. After working in North Vancouver and Burnaby, I joined Dr. Ken French in 2000, settling in the downtown core. In 2011, I purchased this practice from Ken, becoming sole proprietor and re-naming it The Vital Smile. Ken and I still work together in the new space and have enjoyed a long and happy professional relationship. It is our personal commitment to strive to always be ahead of the curve in providing excellent comprehensive and compassionate patient care.

I enjoy all aspects of dental practice and am always improving and educating myself with further courses in various aspects of clinical dentistry. I am currently working to complete the Level 5 Certificate Program in Smile Design at the Frontier Institute, the final clinical level required before a doctor can pursue instructor status with the Institute. 

Time is precious and we cannot purchase more of it - as such, we should not take it for granted nor waste it.

Dr. Ken French

After many career incarnations, I graduated with a D.M.D. from U.B.C. in 1989 and immediately gravitated to the surgical side of dentistry, working extensively with oral surgeons doing grafts, implants and complex oral surgeries. After a few years, I delved into cosmetic dentistry and rapidly developed a strong following among local and international actors for full porcelain crowns and veneers. Endodontics was next. I spent more than 10 years taking various continuing education courses to further my knowledge of endodontics and I take great pride in offering complex root canal care for my patients.

After two decades of practicing my career passion full-time, I passed the reins of ownership to my long term associate, Dr. Kevin Bougher. Currently, I work part-time at The Vital Smile with Dr Kevin Bougher and the rest of his team. This allows me ample time to pursue my many passions in the great outdoors while still being an integral part of a great dental clinic that I helped to create and and shape over the years.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
— George Eliot

Dr. Allan Hovan

I chose dentistry to spite my parents who wanted me to be a “real doctor” and pursue medicine.  Medicine was a family tradition. I was chosen as the one to carry on the tradition. As it turned out, dentistry was a great choice for me and I've never looked back. Practising clinical dentistry has provided me the opportunity to integrate my creative and scientific sides more than medicine ever could have, and my specialty training has allowed me to expand my interest in medicine while also providing me a better understanding of how overall health impacts the oral and dental health of my patients.

I earned my undergraduate dental degree at the University of British Columbia followed by a Masters Degree (Dentistry) and Certificate in Oral Medicine at the University of Washington (Seattle).

I joined the team at The Vital Smile in 2010 while maintaining my other position as Department Head for the provincial Program in Oral Oncology/Dentistry at the B.C. Cancer Agency. In this role, I manage the dental and oral care needs of patients undergoing cancer therapy. Clinical research is a key part of my professional activity and I have published numerous articles in the areas of oral medicine and oral cancer.

We can choose to look for what’s wrong in our life or, instead, appreciate all the good things around us that we otherwise take for granted

Dr. Michelle Sayour

When it was time to choose a career, I knew I would be happy in an artistic, hands-on field, yet I was quite interested in science as well. Having had some cosmetic dentistry done as a teen, I saw firsthand how it could change someone's life. This led me to ask my dentist how she chose her career, to which she replied, " if you like art, and people, it's perfect." I made my decision then and there. I'm so grateful to have chosen a field that continues to be so rewarding and enjoyable for me for these very reasons every single day. 

I earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Dalhousie University and have been practicing in Vancouver since 2002. I've also completed additional studies in Smile Design at the Frontier Institute and am grateful for the opportunity to help our patients smile brighter and with more confidence

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.
— Paulo Coelho

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Services


Our services include everything from Preventative dental care to Cosmetic and Surgical dental care. 

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Services


Our services include everything from Preventative dental care to Cosmetic and Surgical dental care. 

 
 

Services


 

Preventive

Protect your smile. As dentists, it is our job to evaluate the overall health of your mouth in order to give you a proper diagnosis to help you make informed decisions regarding any treatment options presented. Our core prevention services are delivered in order to detect and protect you from oral pathoses and dental diseases as well as to identify any restorative needs observed during our examinations of your oral cavity.  Together, we can create a treatment plan that outlines the steps required to properly address the needs that we've diagnosed but that also addresses any of your specific concerns. Working together we can achieve an outcome that keeps your smile healthy and happy.

Our office is outfitted with the latest, state-of-the-art dental technologies to help us provide you with the best diagnostic and preventive services currently available in the field! One of the most important aspects of our relationships with our patients is earning your trust and confidence in our team. We feel this is much more easily established by always being up-to-date with our technology so we can offer you the most advanced services available today.
 


Surgical

Correct your smile. If you require any type of surgery, you can rest assured you are in good hands. Collectively, our team has over 80 years of experience in the dental field and can provide you with most surgical procedures should you require them. When things might be more difficult, we have a great roster of specialists to call upon for assistance with your care. 

We have provided our patients with literally thousands of procedures over our years in practice and have been improving our patients' smiles and their oral health one procedure at a time. 

On the day of surgery, we will take every precaution necessary to make you comfortable. If you prefer to be sedated, we do offer oral sedation services. Your comfort is our top priority so please let us know what we can do to put you at ease. We firmly believe that part of providing excellent service extends to properly managing any anxieties related to such services. We wish to take the best care of you in every way - from managing your fears to performing excellent procedures to managing any post-operative concerns. Your care begins before you arrive and continues even once you’ve left the office.

 


Facial Aesthetics

Beyond the smile. For those that wish to enhance things beyond their smiles, we are pleased to offer our patients elective cosmetic procedures or referrals to help achieve them overall facial harmony. The key word here is elective, as we will only ever discuss such treatment options if you first express an interest in them. No one needs such procedures, but in our experience we have witnessed first hand how such enhancements can truly boost one’s confidence and personal well-being.

If you happen to be considering any cosmetic improvements, please do not be afraid to simply ask us about how these procedures can positively affect your appearance and your outlook on life. As with any services that we offer our clients, if your individual needs are beyond what we can provide for you, we are always happy to refer you to our colleagues that may be better suited to address your needs.

With our many years of daily injection experience, we offer you the expertise and precision to help. This positions us very well amongst the dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons offering similar options. We also work these very same professionals to ensure that you are receiving the best comprehensive solutions to your needs. We understand that there may be some issues that we are unable to address and will refer you to the person best suited for your desired outcome when required.


Oral Medicine Diagnostic Services

With Dr. Allan Hovan as a member of our team, we are able to offer in-house oral medicine diagnostic and management services.  Patients can receive evaluation and management of conditions such as oral soft tissue disease, temporomandibular (jaw) disorders and oral cancer screening.  These services are all provided by Dr. Hovan, a Certified Specialist in Oral Medicine; there is no need to be referred to an off-site specialist.

 

Restorative

Repair your smile. If a tooth has had decay removed, has been broken or worn, or has had a root canal, it needs to be restored. While this repair procedure may take the form of fillings, inlays, onlays, or fixed prosthetics, rest assured that in each instance, our team will invest the time, attention to detail and care necessary to restore your teeth as closely to their original form as possible.

To meet the individual preferences of our patients, we offer a variety of options including white composite resins, porcelain, or cast gold. 

While we do not offer our patients the placement of amalgam (“silver” or “mercury”) fillings, if you feel that this is the best option for your particular needs, we are always happy to refer you to a colleague that is able to provide you with such materials.


Prosthetics

Fill the gaps. For whatever reason, we sometimes need to remove a tooth or several teeth. Many people don’t think much about this, but the removal of a tooth that is required for proper functioning has consequences that most never consider. How seriously would you consider the removal of a finger? Most people don’t properly address the issue of how a missing tooth can affect their mouths or their overall health and nutrition requirements.

If you have missing teeth that have not been replaced you may think that you can function just fine without them, but the reality is that unreplaced missing teeth have an impact that is far greater than most would consider - and the effects of not replacing them may not be evident for years or even decades following their removal. Even just one missing and unreplaced tooth can cause havoc for not only the bite, but also for the jaw joint and long-term bite stability.

If you are missing teeth and you feel that you are ready to discuss the options available to you for effectively replacing them, please let us know and we would be happy to review the various options available to you for addressing your concerns. We provide a full range of options for the replacement of missing teeth from removable prosthetics (full and partial dentures) to bridges to titanium implants. We can help you to decide which option is best for you.

 

Cosmetic

Enhance your smile. A beautiful smile is truly in the eye of the beholder and many out there forget just what doors an amazing smile can open. The most important thing isn’t necessarily the look of your smile, rather it is that you are routinely using it and sharing it with the world around you! 

Given that every smile is as unique as the patient we offer a wide range of commonly performed yet customized cosmetic options. Our cosmetic services range from teeth whitening, single tooth restorations and space closures all the way to single or multiple veneers through to full smile makeovers. We are also pleased to offer Invisalign treatments to help our patients correct mild to moderate crowding or spacing issues. 

With cosmetic dentistry, the sky is really the limit; but we will never encourage you to make any changes that you have not specifically asked for or inquired about. We feel very strongly that if you are happy with your smile, then we are as well. If you are not happy with your smile and you indicate this to us we can then discuss any options available to you to address your particular concerns. Our goal is to simply keep you smiling - it’s one of your strongest assets and it is our desire to keep it healthy and at its best.

Ongoing care and maintenance helps us to help you to keep smiling! If there’s one thing that the field of dentistry has managed to really do well in a relatively short time, it is to show us that prevention and regular maintenance really does help to maintain not just your oral health, but also your overall health. We’ve gone from no teeth to no cavities in two or three generations - that’s a pretty impressive accomplishment to say the least!


Supplementary 

How else can we help? In addition to preventive and corrective dental services, we are also pleased to offer our patients:

  • Mild to moderate orthodontic corrections - with referrals to Dr Sam Daher for more complex needs
  • Night-guards/occlusal bite therapies for TMJ patients
  • Snoring appliances or appropriate referral for such
  • Assignment of dental benefits

 

 

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Contact


Need a new reason to smile? Give us a call, send an email or stop by at your convenience.

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Contact


Need a new reason to smile? Give us a call, send an email or stop by at your convenience.

Address

Suite #560
1090 W Georgia Street at Thurlow
Vancouver, BC, V6E3V7

Contact

Phone: 604.685.9373
Fax. 604.685.9796
Email: info@thevitalsmile.ca

Hours

Mon - Fri | 8:30am - 5pm
Closed on Weekends
Available for emergencies


 
 
 

Forms

We know you have options when selecting a dental provider, so thank you for considering The Vital Smile. Below are initial visit forms for your convenience. We hope to see you in our office soon!

 

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