Dr. Paul Pocock
I have the best job in the world: I truly love getting up in the morning to come to work!
I am thrilled when I see the improvements we are able to make to someone’s appearance and function, and the enormous effect that can have on the person’s self-esteem and confidence.
Orthodontics requires science, medicine, and art, along with the ability to connect with each patient and understand what will serve them best. It is essential to develop a treatment approach that not only delivers the radiant smile, but also provides stable function so the person is able to enjoy a lifetime of oral health.
I feel very privileged to have the confidence of parents who bring their children to me, and equally appreciate the trust of my adult patients. Creating something so personal that will affect the individual’s health and emotional well-being for years to come, is a great responsibility.
After 35 years of practice, I take that responsibility as seriously as I did the day I saw my first patient.
Education and Experience
I spent my school years in South Wales and then in the suburbs of London, UK. I attended the oldest dental school in the world: The Royal Dental Hospital in Leicester Square, in the heart of London.
Following dental school, I completed challenging residencies in oral surgery and periodontics before spending a year at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, where my interest in working with cleft lip and palate patients began.
I worked as a general dentist in Australia and Canada before completing my graduate training in orthodontics at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.
One of the most exciting things about orthodontics is the ongoing research: from that emerge new technologies and treatment modalities which give practitioners greater options for our patients. Continuing education helps me stay at the forefront of these advances.
As a result of the postgraduate coursework I have completed, I am now about to treat complex cases with Invisalign®, as well as teenagers with Invisalign Teen and younger children with Invisalign First. I also utilize several technologies that can reduce treatment time by almost 50% for some patients.
I have lectured around the world on cleft and craniofacial treatment and am an assistant clinical professor in the graduate program at UBC. In addition, I am a team orthodontist with the cleft palate team at BC Children’s Hospital and am a consultant at the National Hospital of Odontostomatology in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, with their cleft team.
- British Columbia Society of Orthodontists
- Canadian Society of Orthodontists
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
- Angle Society of Orthodontists
- World Federation of Orthodontists
- Canadian Dental Association
- American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
- Royal College of Dentists of Canada, fellow
- Royal Society of Medicine
Beyond the Practice
Born and raised in South Wales and the suburbs of London, UK, I’ve lived in West Vancouver with my family for the past 25 years.
Sharon, my wife, is the heart of our family. She works part time at the office and remembers everyone’s name, their grandparents’ names, and where their cottage is! She is very upbeat and cheerful. Sharon trained as a nurse and midwife in Australia; when we met in London she was running a special intensive care ward for patients undergoing head and neck surgery.
Son Tristan is my office technician. He makes many of the appliances and retainers. He is really enjoying his new toy, a 3D printer, which benefits our patients because it cuts down on the number of impressions. He and I are petrol heads and enjoy cycling and biking together.
Daughter Sara runs our family equine business. She trains dressage horses and riders, competes at a high level internationally, and organizes our breeding program and stallions.
When I’m not in the office, you’ll most often find me boating, cycling, and shoveling horse manure! I love being a farmer with the horses, especially driving the tractor!