Dr. Anthony Strelzow, DDS, has been practicing orthodontics for 20 years in Vancouver, BC, and Whitehorse, YT, with a particular interest in lingual appliance systems. He holds a staff appointment at Vancouver General Hospital, heading the orthodontic training component for the General Practice Residency program, and teaches in the Orthodontic Post Grad Program at the University of British Columbia. He is affiliated with the American Board of Orthodontics, the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, the American Association of Orthodontists, and the American and European Associations of Lingual Orthodontics, and he is a Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists. He believes that his profession is not only about changing appearances, but also about changing lives.
Practicing orthodontics is immensely rewarding, personally and professionally.
My work allows me to see people change, physically and emotionally, as they gain confidence and health during the treatment process. Nothing is more fulfilling than watching a person move from feeling self-conscious about their appearance to feeling secure in how they look, as they see the change in their teeth: those growing smiles, and the boost in the person’s self-esteem, never cease to make me smile!
As an orthodontist, I meet and build connections with people of all ages from wonderfully diverse backgrounds. I appreciate each person’s unique stories and personality and look forward to learning who they are.
Whether I’m seeing a child for early treatment, working with a teen preparing to graduate, or ensuring an adult is achieving the beautiful smile they have long desired, my focus is always on that individual. I design their treatment plan to deliver lasting oral health, beyond their smile, and strive to make the process efficient and comfortable.
The role of a certified orthodontic specialist within the public health care system is to take on the responsibility of serving a community at large with orthodontic care that is consistent with the extensive level of formal training required for the credentials and licensing as a specialist. Generally, a certified orthodontist has completed a four year Bachelors University Degree, a four year Dentistry degree and an additional 3 year Master of Science degree in the specialty of Orthodontics. All of these levels are only attained after a competitive selection process through the respective universities.