Dr. Andrew Chen encourages Creativity, Education and the Pursuit of Excellence for all his Patients
“The best part of being an Orthodontist is being a BIG CHEERLEADER for my patients and their lives. I love watching their personal growth and listening to their stories of their successes & challenges. Knowing that Marda Loop Braces is making a positive difference in their lives & in their smiles is the perfect complement to encouraging all my patients to pursue their dreams, and we give them the confidence to do so. Our patients are truly the best and are so very appreciative of their new smiles! Watch out world! Here they come!” – Dr. Andrew Chen
Who Is Dr. Chen?
Friendly and approachable, Dr. Andrew Chen is an experienced orthodontist with a big heart and an even bigger laugh! Dr. Chen loves to talk about movies, enjoys t-shirts with funny slogans, admires ever-changing kids footwear and always wants to know what you’re up to because what you’re up to is always cool in Dr. Chen’s eyes! Dr. Chen is a native Calgarian, and attended Sir Winston Churchill High School where he graduated from the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program then went to the University of Toronto, where he received his degree in Human Biology. He then continued to dental school at Boston University where he graduated and passed the dental board exams in not only the USA but Canada as well. On his path to becoming a dentist, Dr. Chen realized that he wanted to pursue Orthodontics as a Specialty of Dentistry. Dr. Chen received his Master’s Degree in Orthodontics and Dento-Facial Orthopedics in 2004 and has been creating beautiful smiles ever since! He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, a designation only given to qualified dental specialists that undergo and pass a rigorous examination process. The FRCD(C) abbreviation means you are working with a Certified Orthodontist!
Getting to Know Dr. Chen
Where were you born?
I was born and raised in Calgary, and I am a proud Calgarian and Canadian. GO FLAMES!
Where did you go to school?
I went to Mayland Heights for elementary, Branton Junior High for French Immersion, then was enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Sir Winston Churchill High School. After high school, I went to the University of Toronto and received a double major in Biology & Drama (always a good conversation starter!). Realizing that my true calling was in the Dental Sciences, I finished my 4 years with a degree in Human Biology from Toronto before pursuing a dental degree from the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. After graduating Magda Cum Laude with a DMD degree from their 4-year program, I decided to work as a dentist with Boston University’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program (AEGD) where I delivered dental services to the faculty and staff of Boston University. I then gained acceptance into Boston University’s Graduate Orthodontic Program under Dr. Anthony Gianelly, where I obtained a Master’s Degree in Orthodontics & Dento-Facial Orthopedics in 3 years. It’s quite a mouthful I know, but it was 12 years of schooling after high school to become an Orthodontist! And I’ve been practicing Orthodontics since 2004! It’s the Best Job Ever!
What job did you dream about when you were young?
Well, it’s going to sound corny, but I wanted to be a dentist even as a kid. I really enjoyed how nice my dentist and his staff were (shout out to Dr. Raymond Chiu!) and I knew that when I grew up, I wanted to convey that same trusting feeling to others, especially to kids that might be a bit fearful at first. Working with kids during my residency naturally drew me to Orthodontics. Also, I wanted to be an actor like Brad Pitt, but he kept on getting all the good roles…
Are you married? Do you have children?
I am happily married to the most wonderful woman in the world. Our most romantic outing was our engagement proposal, where I folded 1000 origami cranes which my friends hung up in a restaurant in order to be granted one wish, “to spend the rest of my life with you”. Though things went smoothly, I confess my whole body was shaking just minutes before the proposal!
I am blessed to have 2 young daughters and they are both lovable rascals! I love how young children find joy in the simple things. This is still a time of wonder and I want it to last.
I love poutine, sushi and really soft Chilean Sea Bass.
Have you ever had Braces or Invisalign before?
Funny you should ask that I’ve actually done both! My lower teeth were especially crooked and for the longest time I thought it was no big deal but I was always getting tartar buildup between my teeth. My dentist was concerned about my gum health so even though I was already a grown up, I decided to have braces on my bottom teeth. In fact, I did own orthodontic adjustments on myself! I even did Invisalign for my upper teeth as well so now I know exactly what all my patients go through! I guess that’s why I believe in Compassion , Patience and Positivity for all of my patients! I’ve been through it all too!
What hobbies do you have or had?
I’ve earned a black belt in Karate and I performed every year at the Kiwanis Music Festival in both Piano and Speech Arts when I was growing up. One thing most people don’t know about me is that I was an in-line skater/rollerblader that did half-pipes and other tricks plus I had my own in-line skating T-shirt company that started from a small loan from the Royal Bank of Canada! Nowadays, I’m a professional driver for my kids! Joking aside, I love traveling, golfing, and reading. You’ll find me rollerblading in the summertime and skiing in the winter! See you on the slopes!
Would you ever skydive?
I’ve actually done this! Not by myself but tandem & with my best friend. Though heights is a small fear of mine, we enjoyed singing “Leaving on a Jet Plane” while we were going up. Sky Diving is one of the most exhilarating experiences I’ve ever done in my life. You literally say to yourself afterward, “If I can do this, I can do anything!”