Treat People Well and Do Excellent Dentistry
My Victoria Dentist welcomes patients of all ages seeking dental treatments. We specialize in general, cosmetic and restorative dental services. At our dental clinic in Victoria, we also offer sedation dentistry for patients who have anxiety issues. We are committed to providing a relaxing and comfortable environment for your appointment.
Our dental clinic is located on the second floor of the TD Bank building, which is at the intersection of Fort and Douglas Streets in downtown Victoria. There is elevator access from the lobby of the building. The majority of our patients park at the City of Victoria parkades near the building. The two closest are on View Street between Blanshard and Douglas or the library parkade which is also between Blanshard and Douglas but has two entrances, one on Courtney and the other on Broughton Street. The first hour is free at City of Victoria parkades in the downtown core.
The office is designed to provide a comfortable atmosphere and be a departure from the traditional clinical environment that most of us knew when growing up. We have done our best to provide our patients with comfortable chairs, pillows, and other amenities designed to make your experience as pleasant as possible. However, we understand that not everybody is built the same and many people have additional comfort requests such as lumbar support cushions or a blanket. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to make you experience more agreeable.
On this page, you can read about our staff, all of whom are dedicated to your dental health. Contact our Victoria dental clinic today to set up an appointment. The dentists on staff are:
Dr. Benjamin Bell, General Dentist
Dr. Su-Ann Ng, General Dentist
Dr. Benjamin Bell, General Dentist
Dr. Lily Nguyen (“Win”), General Dentist
I spent a significant portion of my childhood in Victoria. My grandparents and great grandparents lived here, and my family did as well, prior to us moving to northern BC. The north was a fun place to grow up, but I can only assume that the decision to move there wasn’t based on weather. Like many Victoria residents, my parents both worked for the provincial government and decided to move around a bit in an effort to see more of the province. We eventually ended up in Vancouver when I was in high school.
An athletic scholarship for swimming led me south of the border for university. I majored in biology and chemistry with a minor in philosophy at Northern Illinois University. I returned to Vancouver for dental school and graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2004.
Like most new dental school graduates, I felt that the knowledge and abilities that I graduated with were not sufficient to adequately treat my patients. In fact, I am quite sure that the Latin writing on my degree translates loosely to “almost harmless.” Since graduating, I have dedicated myself to improving my knowledge and practical ability by training at some of best dental training institutes in the world. I believe that it is our duty as dentists to constantly improve our skills and keep up to date with new procedures and technology. As professionals in a quickly evolving profession, if we don’t continuously move forward, it is our patients that suffer for it.
As materials and techniques improve, new technology is developed and new techniques come into practice. I invest the time into continuing education and work with the most respected instructors in dentistry to offer the finest care for my patients. As a part of this process, I have adopted procedures such as implant surgery, periodontal surgery bite reconstructions that were, in the past, typically done by specialists.
The primary reason for adopting these procedures is that it gives me more control over attaining a positive end result for both myself and the patient. As a general dentist, I am able to offer these services at a more affordable cost to my patients. By charging more modest fees than specialty practices, I am able to make these procedures accessible to more people.
I am lucky enough to have a job that I enjoy coming to every day. A big part of this is my staff and current patients, but also the knowledge that I will be met with new challenges on a daily basis. I look forward to meeting and being of service to any new patients who are thinking of joining the practice.
Mentor at the Cerecdoctors Training Institute. Cerecdoctors trains dentists in the use of digital crown design for single visit crown placement, implant supported crown design, and comprehensive patient rehabilitation with ceramic technology.
Graduate of the Kois Center for Advanced Dentistry. The Kois Center, based in Seattle, is one of the most respected institutes in the world for advancing dentistry through science.
Trained at Spear Education. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Spear Education teaches complex treatment planning and comprehensive care for patients with challenging dental conditions.
Trained at the Pacific Training Institute for Facial Aesthetics (myofascial pain, Botox Cosmetic certification, Dysport certification, TMJ pain)
Trained at the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (Botox certification, TMJ/Orofacial pain)
Graduate of the Hands On Training Institute Implant mini-residency
Trained at the Perio Institute (surgical crown lengthening, gingival grafting)
Trained at the Ideas Institute (bone grafting, gum grafting, sinus surgery, implant surgery and implant prosthodontics).
Completed the Lumineers Treatment Planning and Placement program.
Completed Nobel Biocare mini-residency in Implant Surgery and Prosthodontics.
Completed training in implant prosthodontics and treatment planning with Straumann implants.
Completed the treatment planning program for Invisalign (clear orthodontics) and was a preferred provider.
Growing up in the 70’s meant I got to indulge in an abundance of processed and convenient fast foods, and the oh-so addictive sugar sweetened beverages. My parents both worked and my grandmother would prepare meals that I now reflect upon with equal parts amusement and alarm. Looking back, I had a great childhood, despite frequent visits to the dentist and to the family doctor to treat what is completely and entirely preventable. From cavities, crooked teeth, swollen gums, grinding, to exhaustion, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbances, and poor posture; who knew the mouth, with a perceived set of distinct issues, could contribute and initiate a deleterious domino effect of conditions throughout the body. Little did I know back then that my perceived “good” nutrition and oral habits would have such a direct impact on how my bones grew and relate to one another. And how this relation would mean the difference between living a long, condition-free life than to a chronically ailed one.
We are not born with something
We cannot change.
Fast forward thirty plus years- three degrees, two moves, and two children later, I was none the wiser. In my combined 18 years as a clinician and educator, I have been steadfast in treating and advising on concerns using the conventional model I was trained on. Recognizing the number of chronic oral conditions that seemingly continue to persist through the generations despite all good intentions, accessibility to care, and what most would call “living a healthy lifestyle”, I felt a need to research and shift the focus to this prescribed way of conventional thinking. Unless we direct our attention towards identifying the root cause to explain symptoms of a disease, our efforts may eventually feel futile. My father used to say, “comfort is the counter to progress”, it was time to start thinking extraordinarily and explore beyond the conventional health care model.
I graduated with a Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree at the University of British Columbia. During my time there, the medicine and dental programs were merged in the first two years. Interestingly though, medicine and dentistry continue to remain segregated, and this has inadvertently cultivated a disconnect between the health of the mouth and the health of the rest of the body. Modern medicine would remain ambiguous to the oral and systemic health connection and the delicate interplay between these systems can ultimately lead to either overall harmony or dysfunction. Through education and personalization, we can help bridge this gap between foreign and relatable and empower you to understand why it matters to pay attention.
I believe we all inherently want to live our best healthy lives. Our oral health and habits, development and breathing, are physiologic pillars that determine the smooth operation of our biological systems. As the dentist at Camosun Dental Clinic I have had the opportunity to screen, identify, and educate on this area of oral pathology, physiology, and sleep disordered breathing for nearly a decade. My special interest certification and training in Craniofacial Dystrophy and Sleep Disordered Breathing, combined with advance training and certification as an Oxygen Advantage instructor, means those who we have the privilege to look after in our office benefit from the expertise and care as part of a comprehensive approach to prevention and maintenance of functional oral health.
To this end, I hope to contribute to and elevate health in the way that supports individual needs through education, early intervention and prevention.
Dr. Lily Nguyen (“Win”) spent the majority of her childhood growing up in Toronto and Winnipeg before her family settled in Ottawa. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Ottawa and her Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University in sunny south Florida. Upon graduation, she was inducted into the national dental honor society Omicron Kappa Upsilon for exemplary character and scholarship. Following dental school, Dr. Nguyen pursued advanced training at a 2-year hospital-based general practice residency at the University of Virginia so that she could be better equipped to treat any type of patient who might sit in her dental chair. During her residency, she served as chief resident in her second year; coordinating and providing treatment to patients with medical complexities including head and neck cancer, organ failure, bleeding disorders and children with special needs.
Having spent the last few years living and working in the US, her feet got itchy again and it was time for a new adventure and a change of scenery. She decided to call Victoria her new home after was charmed off her feet by the island’s natural beauty, friendly faces and relaxing pace. On rainy days, she likes to cozy up with some tea, watch all sorts of cooking programs and learn about different cultures through culinary histories. Otherwise, when the weather is nice, she enjoys getting out into nature, dog-watching, and cultivating her (admittedly amateur) green thumb by puttering around in her urban garden.
Dr. Nguyen believes the best approach to dentistry is prevention through patient education and compassionate, patient-centered care. She is dedicated to providing positive experiences and aims to build genuine relationships with all of her patients, making sure they understand their treatment every step of the way. Her patience and approachability are sure to make you feel at ease. She can’t wait to meet you!
Book an appointment for your routine check-up, cleaning, or exam at our dental clinic in Victoria today.