Name of Practice:
The Smile Institute: Advanced Dentistry & Orthodontics
DDS, The University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry
Why She Was Nominated:
A workaholic, top student and former professional model, Dr. Ambridge studied neuroscience
before entering dentistry. She’s the co-creator of an international orthodontics continuing-education course called eMotion, or esthetics in motion, at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Tool She Can’t Live Without:
Her DSLR camera, which she uses for cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics cases. It’s far from the only camera in her practice, though: She turned one of her operatories into a professional photo studio—complete with hair and makeup—to educate patients on treatment plans and take before-and-after photos.
Exciting New Trend:
3D-printing indirect bonding trays for digitally designed bracket placement.
Impact of the Pandemic:
“We were in survival mode.” Forced to postpone all cosmetic procedures, most of Dr. Ambridge’s staff opted to stay home. Her husband became her receptionist, and two hygienists agreed to keep working for less than half their normal wages. She had to renegotiate her lease, cut business and personal expenses, find new staff and seek loans and grants.
Something People Don’t Know:
“I’ve tried almost all air sports: bungee jumping, parachuting, paragliding, paraplaning, hot-air ballooning and others.”