Live Long and Prosper
Aurora Borealis Orthodontics is believed to be the world’s only Star Trek themed orthodontic practice, filled with authentic, screen-used props from all of the television series and motion pictures. Located in downtown Aurora, ON site started out as a bank/ financial institution. The office experience includes Federation, Klingon, and other alien weaponry and technology, medical devices, PADDS, Borg Drones and Alcove, concept art, ships, and yes, even Tribbles, all of which are screen used. Different movie props are rotated periodically. Adorning the ceilings over the treatment bay and waiting area are backlit LED panels with views from the Hubble telescope. Chancellor Gowran’s screen-used Starship, the I.K.S. Negh’Var, featured on Deep Space Nine, can be seen over the reception desk!
Upon purchasing the building, the entire structure was upgraded with respect to electrical, plumbing, HVAC, network cabling, new fire exits and the lighting was converted to LED. The movie props were then transported and installed into the new orthodontic office. To prepare for venturing into the worlds of building renovation and practice design, I turned to Ken Croney and other experts at Henry Schein Canada as well as at Patterson Dental, Bellsam Contracting and Rita Valente from Valente Design. The interior, which is approximately 3,000 square feet, is adorned with hardwood and ceramic floors, with the treatment areas, records room, and ‘entertainment’ area being appointed with all-granite countertops. The light fixtures throughout the practice resemble star ship transporter beams, while the front desk features a stainless steel countertop with glass facade that is illuminated to simulate the bridge of the Starship Enterprise.
Photography credits: Dr. Steven Corber and Dr. David Hirsch
David Hirsch, BSc., D.D.S., Cert. Ortho., M.S., F.R.C.D.(C)