Symmetry means proportion and balance. Dentists take it into consideration all the time—we look for the proper alignment and mirror-image aesthetics of all your teeth.
At Symmetry Dental, we also look for alignment between your oral health and your overall health. We know your mouth can tell us a lot about your general health. Good oral hygiene can also help prevent other serious diseases and conditions from impacting your entire body.
Finally, we also strive to create alignment between our patients and staff. Our mission is to foster a genuine partnership with you. Get started with Symmetry and book your appointment today!
Dr. Saleema Adatia earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD) from Tufts University in 2006. Since then, she’s been committed to serving her patients’ needs with the utmost passion. Dr. Adatia has owned and operated Symmetry Dental since 2013 and has integrated high-quality services with friendly care into the philosophy of the practice.
With a goal of providing the best patient care possible, Dr. Adatia ensures that her practice stays up to date with the latest dental technologies and techniques. Her personal passion for dentistry stems from a desire to create a positive impact on each patient’s quality of life. Whether that means treating people’s pain or restoring function and beauty to their smiles, the goal is always the same: to help make patient’s lives just a little bit better by working together in harmony.
Dr. Adatia strives to educate her patients on how to obtain a better state of oral health. She doesn’t want you to experience another average dental appointment. Instead, she is committed to giving you the best results possible for a smile you’ll display proudly every day.
Dr. Adatia is now a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. For more info: https://abdsm.org
Dr. Nicole Thomson, DDS
Dr. Nicole Thomson was born in Calgary but moved to Pittsburgh, PA at a young age. She eventually moved back to Calgary in high school. After high school, Dr. Thomson received a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMSc) at Western University. She then went on to earn her dental degree from the Schulich School of Dentistry at Western University in London, Ontario.
While in school, she participated in multiple clubs and helped run the DOCS Kids program, which provides oral health care education sessions for kids and parents in the communities around London.
After spending eight years in Ontario for school, Dr. Thomson once again returned to Calgary to practice dentistry. She expresses a passion for multiple areas of dentistry, with a strong foundation in general dentistry. Dr. Thomson strives to help all of her patients feel comfortable and believes that strong communication is essential for proper dental care.
In her free time, Dr. Thomson loves spending time outdoors and traveling. She participated in two outreach trips to India and Thailand. In 2017, she got married and spent the first four months of her marriage trekking through the Himalayas in India and Nepal. She enjoys hiking, skiing, golf, and yoga.
Dr. Houghton, DDS
Dr. Saleema Adatia would like to welcome our newest Symmetry Dental team member, Dr. Al Houghton. Dr. Houghton comes to our practice with over 30 years of dental experience and has a broad range of skill sets in Dentistry; he will be an outstanding addition to our practice.
Dr. Houghton graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in the Faculty of Dentistry. His story is very interesting, as he comes from a place of service, at a very young age. He was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces and was stationed at CFB Baden Soellingen, Germany for a 4-year period and then went on to complete surgical residencies; which included residencies with the US Army and the US Airforce, while stationed in Germany. This gave him different perspectives before starting his career and has helped him to be a better practitioner. In addition, he also completed the Canadian Forces mini surgical residency at CFB Halifax, Nova Scotia. He comes with a wealth of knowledge and has a passion for teaching and helping others. He has lectured on surgical procedures related to implant placement and has mentored many dentists, during his professional career. He has been at the same practice for over 30 years and has now given us the opportunity for our patients to benefit from his experience.
Dr. Miranda Walsh, DDS
Dr. Miranda Walsh recently moved to Calgary from Nova Scotia. She completed her education at some of the best schools in Canada. She graduated from Acadia University, with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and then completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at Dalhousie University.
Dentistry has always been a large part of her life, as her father is a dentist and her mother is a dental hygienist; she values oral health as an important aspect of overall health.
She is passionate about building strong relationships with patients, in order to provide them with the best possible care. She enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, and especially appreciates restorative dentistry and endodontics.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Walsh is currently accepting new patients and we are so happy to have her joining our team.
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We are located in Southland Court. There is ample parking in the lot on the east side of the building. It is easily accessible by C-Train should you prefer transit.
Can not say enough about how amazing the staff is at the office. I fell down some steps smashing my front teeth out. Since the accident I have been very well taken care off. Dr Adatia is not only and amazing dentist but an amazing person. I would wholeheartedly recommend this dental office to anyone.
The Symmetry Dental team is genuinely interested in your well being and is connected to you as a patient not just a ‘number on file’. Dr. Adatia is very thorough and works hard for the long term success of patient issues. Very pleasant environment and they stand behind their work.
Dr. Adatia and her staff are the greatest. I always feel comfortable with her which really says a lot for me. I have had terrible experiences as a youngster and because of that I was always very nervous in a dentists office. The staff in the front office always make me feel welcome and comfortable and then it just continues with Dr. Adatia and all her professional staff.
I suffered from “Dentist – phobia” and I’m happy to say that those days are over. Dentistry has come a long way !! Thank you Dr. Adatia and all the staff.
As I walk in to the reception area, I am always greeted by name and given a big smile. I am treated like I am coming to visit a friend. It really is a pleasure to come for my dentist appointment. I recommend Symmetry dental to everyone!
I’m not sure I would usually use the words amazing about a dentist. But I’m about to. Everyone at Symmetry Dental is AMAZING! EVERYONE! They make you feel like family. At this dentist I feel important, cared for, and like I’m getting the best dentist care in the world. I didn’t expect to write something like this in regards to a dentist and the staff, but it’s so true. I would say they’re the best of the best and I’m thankful to have found them.
Excellent, professional staff. Very happy that I came upon their ad. Would highly recommend this Dental office.
If you’re reading this please understand all of us in this world shake our heads at how bad customer service is these days. Symmetry Dental deserves a huge “high five” for the amazing professionalism and customer service. Sarah was by far the best Dental Hygienist I have ever had kudos to that young lady. Dr. Saleema Adatia deserves a gold medal along with everyone I had to deal with upon my appointment. Dental work is expensive, but Symmetry is worth the trip in when a tooth needs fixing. Great job!
In the world of dentistry, the term “symmetry” holds profound significance. It transcends mere aesthetics and dives deep into the realms of proportion, balance, and harmony. Dentists understand that it’s not just about having a beautiful smile; it’s about ensuring that each tooth stands in perfect alignment, a mirror image of its counterpart. Symmetry Dental takes this philosophy to heart and goes a step further. Beyond the alignment of teeth, we seek alignment between your oral health and your overall well-being. The mouth, as it turns out, is a window to your general health. This comprehensive approach to dentistry emphasizes the importance of oral hygiene, not just for a radiant smile, but as a potent tool in preventing and detecting serious diseases and conditions that can affect your entire body. Our commitment doesn’t end there; it extends to fostering alignment between our patients and our dedicated staff. At Symmetry Dental, our mission is to establish a genuine partnership with you, to guide you on your journey to optimal oral and overall health. In this narrative, we will delve into the rich tapestry of Symmetry Dental, unveiling the story behind our philosophy and commitment to your well-being. Chapter 1: The Essence of Symmetry Symmetry, in the context of dentistry, encapsulates the essence of balance and proportion. It’s the guiding principle that ensures each tooth’s position and appearance align perfectly with the surrounding teeth. Beyond the cosmetic aspect, symmetry in dental care is vital for maintaining proper functionality and preventing various oral health issues. At Symmetry Dental, our practitioners consider this principle as a cornerstone of their practice. We believe that a smile is not just a collection of teeth but a masterpiece of balance and symmetry. Chapter 2: The Oral-Systemic Connection One of the most distinctive aspects of Symmetry Dental is our deep understanding of the intricate connection between oral health and overall well-being. Your mouth, in many ways, is a microcosm of your body’s health. We recognize that your oral cavity can often be a harbinger of systemic health problems. For example, gum disease and inflammation in the mouth have been linked to various systemic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and even complications during pregnancy. This holistic approach is a central part of our mission at Symmetry Dental, and it drives us to educate our patients on the importance of good oral hygiene beyond just a bright smile. Chapter 3: The Preventive Power of Oral Health Preventive care is the cornerstone of modern dentistry. Symmetry Dental understands that maintaining oral health not only prevents cavities and gum disease but can also play a pivotal role in preventing other serious diseases. By focusing on oral hygiene, you can be proactive in safeguarding your overall health. Our team is dedicated to providing you with the knowledge, tools, and support you need to maintain a healthy mouth and, consequently, a healthier you. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are not just about ensuring your teeth are in top condition; they are about ensuring your body is too. Chapter 4: The Link Between Oral Health and Heart Health The heart is often seen as the epicenter of our overall health, but the oral cavity can provide crucial insights into its well-being. Researchers have discovered a significant link between gum disease and heart disease. The inflammation associated with gum disease can lead to inflammation in other parts of the body, including the arteries. This, in turn, can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Symmetry Dental doesn’t just look at your teeth; we examine the bigger picture and understand how maintaining your oral health can be a proactive step in safeguarding your heart health. Chapter 5: Diabetes and Oral Health: A Two-Way Street Diabetes and oral health are intertwined in a complex relationship. People with uncontrolled diabetes are more prone to gum disease, and gum disease can, in turn, make it more challenging to control blood sugar levels. It’s a two-way street with significant implications for overall health. At Symmetry Dental, we are acutely aware of this relationship and work closely with our diabetic patients to ensure their oral health doesn’t exacerbate their diabetes. By understanding and managing this connection, we contribute to improved overall health for our patients. Chapter 6: The Oral Health-Pregnancy Connection Pregnancy is a time of profound changes in a woman’s body, and these changes can also impact oral health. Hormonal shifts can lead to an increased risk of gum disease, which, in turn, can have consequences for the health of both the mother and the developing fetus. Symmetry Dental is committed to supporting expectant mothers, providing guidance on maintaining oral health during pregnancy, and ensuring that the health of the mouth doesn’t jeopardize the health of the baby. It’s a unique aspect of our commitment to the overall well-being of our patients. Chapter 7: Your Mouth, Your Health: The Role of Education Education is at the core of Symmetry Dental’s mission. We believe that informed patients are empowered patients. We don’t just fix dental issues; we educate our patients about the intimate connection between oral health and overall well-being. Our dedicated team takes the time to explain the importance of good oral hygiene, the links between oral health and systemic health, and the steps you can take to proactively protect your health. We are committed to not only treating dental problems but preventing them through knowledge and understanding. Chapter 8: The Symmetry Experience: Creating Alignment Between Patients and Staff Beyond our commitment to oral and overall health, Symmetry Dental seeks to create alignment between our patients and our staff. We understand that trust, communication, and a genuine partnership are crucial elements of a successful dental experience. Our team is dedicated to providing a comfortable, compassionate, and collaborative environment where you are an active participant in your oral health journey. We listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and ensure that you feel heard and valued every step of the way. Chapter 9: Get Started with Symmetry Dental At Symmetry Dental, we invite you to become a part of our story. We understand that your oral health is a vital component of your overall well-being, and we are here to guide you on that path. It all starts with a simple step – booking your appointment. Whether you are seeking preventive care, have specific dental concerns, or want to learn more about the connection between oral and overall health, our team is here to support you. The journey to optimal health begins with that initial visit, and we look forward to being your partners in this endeavor. Conclusion: Your Journey to Symmetry In the realm of dentistry, Symmetry Dental stands as a beacon of balance, proportion, and holistic well-being. Our philosophy revolves around the understanding that the mouth is not an isolated entity; it’s intricately connected to the entire body. Your oral health is not just about a beautiful smile; it’s about your heart, your diabetes management, and the well-being of your baby during pregnancy. Symmetry Dental seeks to educate and empower, to provide not just treatment but prevention, and to create a partnership with every patient who walks through our doors. Your journey to Symmetry begins with a single step – a commitment to your oral and overall health. We invite you to be a part of our story and let us be a part of yours, on the path to wellness and symmetry. State-of-the-Art Technology
The practice employs the latest dental technology to ensure accurate diagnostics and effective treatments. From digital X-rays to 3D imaging, Symmetry Dental stays at the forefront of dental advancements. Skilled and Compassionate Staff
A key factor in Symmetry Dental’s success is its team of skilled and compassionate professionals. Dentists, hygienists, and support staff are dedicated to providing the highest quality care with a caring touch. B. Beyond Dentistry: Community and Outreach Symmetry Dental’s commitment to symmetry extends to the community. They believe that promoting oral health and overall well-being is not limited to the clinic but should reach the wider community. Community Engagement
The practice is actively involved in community events, workshops, and education programs aimed at improving oral health awareness. Symmetry Dental recognizes that a healthier community benefits everyone. Outreach Programs
Symmetry Dental extends its services to underserved populations through outreach programs. They believe that everyone deserves access to quality dental care, regardless of their circumstances. Conclusion: Finding Balance with Symmetry Symmetry, the concept of proportion and balance, is the guiding principle at Symmetry Dental. Dentists at this practice understand that true oral health goes beyond aesthetics, and it is inextricably linked to overall well-being. Through their patient-centered approach, emphasis on education, and community engagement, Symmetry Dental creates a sense of balance and alignment in the lives of their patients and the community they serve. By recognizing the connection between oral and systemic health and by fostering a genuine partnership with their patients, Symmetry Dental is not just a dental practice; it’s a harmonious journey toward optimal well-being. Whether you seek a beautiful, healthy smile or want to understand the link between your oral and general health, Symmetry Dental stands as a symbol of symmetry in action. Get started with Symmetry today and embark on a path to balanced, holistic health. In a world where proportion and balance are essential for overall well-being, Symmetry Dental offers a beacon of hope, leading the way to harmonious health. The Oral-Systemic Connection
The oral-systemic connection is a two-way street. Just as oral health can affect general health, certain systemic conditions can manifest in the oral cavity. Dentists at Symmetry Dental are trained to recognize these signs, allowing for early detection of potential health issues. Chapter 2: Creating Symmetry with Symmetry Dental A. The Patient-Provider Partnership Symmetry Dental’s mission is not only to ensure oral health but also to create a genuine partnership with their patients. This partnership is built on trust, communication, and a shared commitment to achieving optimal health. Building Trust
The foundation of the patient-provider partnership is trust. Symmetry Dental values transparency and open communication, ensuring that patients feel comfortable and confident in the care they receive. Tailored Treatment Plans
Each patient is unique, and their dental needs vary. Symmetry Dental understands this and develops tailored treatment plans that address individual concerns and goals. Whether it’s a routine check-up or a complex dental procedure, the patient’s well-being is at the center of every decision. B. The Journey to Optimal Oral Health Symmetry Dental’s commitment to the patient extends beyond the clinic. They aim to educate and empower individuals to take charge of their oral health. Patient Education
Patients are provided with comprehensive information about their oral health, treatment options, and preventive measures. Informed patients are better equipped to make decisions that align with their well-being. Preventive Care
Prevention is a cornerstone of Symmetry Dental’s approach. Regular check-ups and cleanings, along with patient education, enable the early detection and prevention of dental issues. This aligns with the practice’s goal of achieving optimal oral health and overall well-being. Chapter 3: The Symmetry Dental Experience A. Setting the Standard for Dental Care Symmetry Dental sets a high standard for dental care, incorporating the principles of symmetry into every aspect of their practice. State-of-the-Art Technology
The practice employs the latest dental technology to ensure accurate diagnostics and effective treatments. From digital X-rays to 3D imaging, Symmetry Dental stays at the forefront of dental advancements. Skilled and Compassionate Staff
A key factor in Symmetry Dental’s success is its team of skilled and compassionate professionals. Dentists, hygienists, and support staff are dedicated to providing the highest quality care with a caring touch. B. Beyond Dentistry: Community and Outreach Symmetry Dental’s commitment to symmetry extends to the community. They believe that promoting oral health and overall well-being is not limited to the clinic but should reach the wider community.
Symmetry, an age-old concept that transcends disciplines, from mathematics and art to nature and architecture, has played a fundamental role in human perception and aesthetics. In the field of dentistry, symmetry is not just a theoretical concept but a practical and aesthetic imperative. Dentists, as dental artists, constantly strive to achieve perfect alignment and mirror-image aesthetics in patients’ teeth. This article delves into the intriguing story of symmetry in dentistry, exploring its importance, applications, and the techniques used to achieve the elusive balance and beauty that patients desire. Chapter 1: Symmetry in Nature and Art Before delving into the world of dentistry, it is essential to understand the concept of symmetry and its role in nature and art. Symmetry is the quality of being made up of exactly similar parts facing each other, or around an axis. It is a universal principle, observed in the petals of a flower, the wings of a butterfly, and even the human face. 1.1 Natural Symmetry Symmetry in nature, as seen in a nautilus shell or a snowflake, has fascinated scientists and artists alike. This natural order serves as an inspiration for the pursuit of balance and harmony in man-made structures and designs. 1.2 Symmetry in Art Throughout history, artists have harnessed the power of symmetry in their creations. Think of the perfect balance in Michelangelo’s “David” or the exquisite symmetry in Islamic geometric patterns. Art demonstrates how symmetry can captivate the human eye and evoke emotions. Chapter 2: Symmetry in Dentistry 2.1 The Aesthetic Imperative In the realm of dentistry, symmetry holds a particular significance. Dentists are not just concerned with oral health; they are also dental artists, sculpting smiles that are both functional and beautiful. Achieving dental symmetry is a complex task, as the human mouth is a dynamic, three-dimensional structure with its own unique challenges. 2.2 The Smile: A Work of Art The smile is often considered the focal point of the face. Achieving a symmetrical smile is a pursuit of harmony and balance, aiming to enhance the patient’s overall facial aesthetics. Chapter 3: The Elements of Dental Symmetry 3.1 Tooth Proportions In dental aesthetics, tooth proportions play a vital role. The golden ratio and the concept of the “ideal” smile form the basis for determining the size and proportions of teeth, aiming for a balanced and harmonious appearance. 3.2 Tooth Alignment Dental alignment refers to the proper positioning of teeth. Malocclusions, overbites, underbites, and misaligned teeth can affect not only oral health but also the symmetry and aesthetics of a smile. Orthodontic treatments, such as braces and aligners, are essential tools in achieving dental symmetry. 3.3 Gum Line and Lip Line The gum line and lip line also have a significant impact on dental symmetry. An uneven gum line or a mismatch between the lips and teeth can disrupt the overall harmony of the smile. Periodontal treatments and cosmetic dentistry procedures can address these issues. Chapter 4: Achieving Dental Symmetry 4.1 Orthodontics Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry dedicated to achieving proper tooth alignment. Braces, clear aligners, and other orthodontic devices are used to correct misalignments and create a balanced smile. The process involves gradual adjustments to ensure that each tooth fits perfectly into the dental arch. 4.2 Cosmetic Dentistry Cosmetic dentistry offers an array of procedures to enhance the aesthetics of the smile. These include teeth whitening, veneers, and bonding, which can address issues like discoloration, chipped teeth, and gaps. Achieving symmetry often involves reshaping and recontouring teeth to create a uniform appearance. 4.3 Dental Implants Dental implants are a solution for missing teeth. When a tooth is lost, the symmetry of the smile is disrupted. Dental implants, which replace the missing tooth with a prosthetic one, can restore both the function and aesthetics of the smile. Chapter 5: The Role of Technology In the modern era, technology plays a pivotal role in achieving dental symmetry.
Symmetry – a word that resonates with harmony and equilibrium. It’s a fundamental concept not just in mathematics and art but also in the field of dentistry. At Symmetry Dental, we hold this principle in high regard, understanding that symmetry goes beyond mere aesthetics; it’s about achieving a balance between your oral health and your overall well-being. In this 2000-word exploration, we will dive deep into the story of symmetry in dentistry, how it’s a reflection of both oral and general health, and how we, at Symmetry Dental, are committed to fostering alignment, not only within our patients’ oral health but also in our relationships with them. Part 1: The Significance of Symmetry in Dentistry Symmetry is the hallmark of an aesthetically pleasing smile, but it encompasses much more in the realm of dentistry. Here are some key aspects of symmetry in oral health: Proportion and Balance: In the world of dentistry, symmetry means proportion and balance. Dentists meticulously examine the alignment and mirror-image aesthetics of your teeth. A symmetrical smile isn’t just about looking good; it’s about how your teeth fit together, ensuring proper bite and function. Oral Health and Overall Health Connection: Your mouth is a window to your overall health. Dentists look for signs of systemic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular issues, and even nutritional deficiencies during oral examinations. The mouth can reveal much more than dental concerns, and addressing these issues can improve your general well-being. Preventive Measures: Good oral hygiene can prevent various serious diseases and conditions from impacting your body. Gum disease, for instance, has been linked to heart disease and stroke. By maintaining proper oral health, you can reduce the risk of developing these life-threatening conditions. Part 2: The Oral-Overall Health Symbiosis Your oral health and overall health are inextricably linked, and this connection underscores the importance of symmetry in both aspects. Here’s how they relate: Inflammation: Inflammation is the body’s response to infection and injury. Gum disease, which is often a result of poor oral hygiene, can cause chronic inflammation. This inflammation can then contribute to systemic inflammation, which is linked to conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Infection: Oral infections, if left untreated, can spread throughout the body. For instance, untreated tooth infections can lead to abscesses, which can become life-threatening. Ensuring proper alignment and function of teeth can prevent such infections from occurring. Nutrition: The ability to eat a variety of foods is crucial for maintaining overall health. Misaligned or missing teeth can affect your diet, leading to nutritional deficiencies. Proper dental care and alignment can ensure that you can enjoy a balanced diet, which is essential for your general well-being. Medication Impact: Some medications can have adverse effects on oral health, causing issues like dry mouth or gum problems. Dentists consider your overall health and medication history to provide tailored dental care that minimizes the impact of these side effects. Part 3: Symmetry Dental’s Approach At Symmetry Dental, we have a unique approach that encompasses both the physical and emotional aspects of symmetry: Dental Expertise: We understand that the foundation of symmetry in dentistry lies in a deep understanding of oral health. Our team of skilled professionals is committed to providing top-notch dental care, ensuring that your teeth are not only aesthetically pleasing but also optimally functional.