About Your Vancouver Dentist
Why Harbour Centre Dental?
At Harbour Centre Dental, we have built our practice around one central principle: to provide our patients with outstanding service and exceptional care. This commitment defines every element of our practice and our relationship with our patients. It is the reason our patients come to us and collaborate with us to achieve dazzling smiles and optimal oral health.
We take smiles seriously. Our dentists have invested hundreds of hours of their time completing advanced dental course work to remain on the leading edge of dental practice. We provide superior care in a wide range of areas, including cosmetic and restorative dentistry. We take great pride in our work and we provide our services efficiently, comfortably and affordably. For us, the details matter.
Why shouldn’t your dental appointment be characterized by beauty, comfort and calm? We believe it should be. Our modern office was professionally designed to reflect the simple, clean aesthetic of the natural world. Leave the bustle of the city outside and enjoy the view of the ocean and mountains before your appointment starts. Our exceptional team will ensure you are comfortable and relaxed.
Our office is built on the most advanced dental technologies and materials available. Our technology allows us to partner with you to achieve optimal health and outstanding aesthetic results.
We believe a successful dental practice not only provides excellent care for its patients, but contributes to positive change in the community. For this reason, Harbour Centre Dental is committed to supporting local and international health care initiatives.
Student Care Dental Network
We’re also very proud to participate in the Student Care Dental Network. If you’re a student, talk to us about how this may help you.
Harbour Centre Dental is proudly owned by Dr. Nilou Shirzad and Dr. Amin Shivji.
We are located at 555 W Hastings St in Harbour Centre (main entrance on W. Cordova St. between Seymour and Richards)
We’re just a short walk from the Waterfront Skytrain station and close to many popular downtown spots.
Phone: (604) 669-1195
Harbour Centre Dental
555 W Hastings St L19, Vancouver, BC V6B 4N4
You can also take a Google Tour inside our office.
Our Mission Statement
We Aim to Make You Smile
We provide the highest standard of dental health care, the cornerstone of which begins with open, honest communication to allow our patients’ concerns to be heard.
We treat our patients with respect and compassion, and provide treatment in an atmosphere of calm, beauty and comfort.
Finally, we respect our patients’ unique emotional, clinical and financial circumstances so that a path to achieving the best results can be comfortably and feasibly found.
Dr. Nilou Shirzad
Dr. Shirzad is a graduate of UBC’s Faculty of Dentistry, one of Canada’s top dental programs. Practicing for more than fifteen years, she has a wealth of experience in all aspects of general, cosmetic and surgical dentistry. Dr. Shirzad combines her knowledge of the dental sciences with a keen eye for detail and aesthetics to provide patients with optimal health and beautiful results. This high level of service is only possible because of Dr. Shirzad’s passionate enthusiasm and commitment to advanced training. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Shirzad has immersed herself in hundreds of hours of specialized clinical training with the renowned Spear Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona, with study clubs conducted by leading instructors and local and international surgical programs. She is a firm believer that dedication to advanced and continuous training is imperative in a field that is driven by ever-advancing technology, biomaterials and approaches to treatment.
Dr. Shirzad’s commitment to technical excellence is matched only by her professional integrity and a genuine desire to act in her patients’ best interest. Her practice philosophy revolves around patient education, where setting the best possible treatment plan is a collaborative process, involving both patient and dentist.
Dr. Shirzad is known for a chair-side manner is that is gentle, caring and kind. She is also known to have a weakness for lattes, an interest in Zumba, and a complicated relationship with Lola, her mini-goldendoodle.
Dr. Mohammad Haj Hariri
Dr. Mohammad Hariri attended New York University College of Dentistry and received his doctorate in dental surgery with many awards including Ultradent Products Award for excellence in the clinical aspect of esthetic dentistry and The New York Academy of Oral Rehabilitation Eugene Rothschild Memorial Award for excellence in fixed prosthodontics. Dr. Hariri served as a teaching assistant in both Cariology and Comprehensive Care and Elective in Fixed and Implant simulation courses while at NYUCD.
Dr. Hariri continued his dental training and education at Lincoln Hospital in New York with a one-year residency in general practice with an emphasis in cosmetic and prosthodontics dentistry.
His mission is to help bring back the smile you used to have or create the smile you never had. His biological approach is committed to making your mouth healthy, one that inspires confidence, giving you the renewed ability to enjoy the most important everyday activities like eating and speaking again. Dr. Hariri has placed his expertise in building a successful and relaxed atmosphere to treat patients and to change patients' preconceived notions of dentistry.
He holds memberships in the American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association, American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, and Canadian Dental Association.
Dr. Hariri enjoys playing tennis, traveling, trying new restaurants, and attending sporting events in his free time.
Outstanding Service, Patient-Focused Dentistry
Questions about our dental financing plans?
Student dental plans?
Our team at Harbour Centre Dental are here to help you. Contact us with any questions or if you would like to book an appointment.
Relative to traditional xrays, digital xrays are patient-friendly and environmentally-friendly, utilising 50-80% less radiation and require no harmful chemicals to process. Additionally, digital xrays are electronically stored and available to our dentists at the touch of a button. Digital xrays also simplify the claims and insurance process.
VELscope Oral Cancer Screening Device
The VELscope is a painless, blue-light oral cancer screening device that can help in the prevention of oral cancer. Early detection is key in the fight against oral cancer so book your oral cancer screening today. VELscope oral cancer screenings generally take 5-15 minutes and are completely painless and non-invasive, allowing your dentist to check for any lesions in your mouth not visible to the naked eye.
Now you can see your smile as your dentist at Harbour Centre Dental sees your smile. The intraoral camera takes high definition photos of your mouth and shows you the impact of your oral health care routine on your teeth. As well, intraoral photos are ideal for communicating to insurance companies your need for any recommended treatment. They also show you how your smile has improved after dental treatments done at Harbour Centre Dental.
Free Wi-Fi for Patients
Harbour Centre Dental is a patient-focused dental clinic and, as such, we offer you free wi-fi connectivity for all your business and browsing needs while at our dental clinic. Simply ask at reception for the login information.
Google Reviews From Our Patients
Always great and reliable service, but also felt very safe and reassured during COVID-19 with their new safety measures in place.
Harbour Centre Dental staff is very helpful, pleasant, and professional. Making appointments is easy and I always get prompt responses to my questions. They are well organized, competent and make great use of technology both for appointment scheduling and in their dental practices.
I'm basing this review based on the receptionists. They seem very unprofessional. They keep chatting in Spanish, regardless of patients or doctors approaching the desk. I was waiting to pay what I owed but they wouldn't attend to me until they were done with their conversation. And because I don't speak the language, I don't know what they are talking about or if they are making fun of patients. It looked like the Dr that was there was very uncomfortable because of this.
But don't get me wrong, Dr Shirzad is amazing. Very caring and great at job.
If the front desk is a little bit more professional, I would give them a 5 star review.
Wonderful staff. Always welcoming.
Hygenist was great. Very friendly and attentive. 5/5
Dentist was decent. Felt a bit rushed. 4/5
Receptionist was bad. Not very welcoming and sounded irritated. 3/5
We’re Here to Answer your Dental Questions
How long does a new patient dental appointment take?
A new patient exam is 1 hour, during which relevant radiographic and photographic records are taken to allow for our dentist to diagnose any issues and create an appropriate treatment plan. Subsequent to the new patient exam, the initial hygiene appointment is also booked for 1 hour. In cases where clinical circumstances require it, a second appointment may be required in order to fully treat and complete the initial hygiene therapy.
Do you offer Invisalign® Treatment?
Harbour Centre Dental is proud to offer Invisalign treatment to our patients for a beautifully straight smile without metal braces. Learn more about Invisalign treatment.
Why are Oral Cancer Screenings important?
Oral cancer screenings can help prevent oral cancer by allowing early detection of skin changes before these changes reach the cancerous stage. Please click here to learn more.
When are you open?
Please contact our office for availability.
I am scared of going to the dentist. Can you help make my treatment easier?
Absolutely! Apart from the fact that our dentists have a gentle and caring touch, we can provide very effective anti-anxiety methods of sedation. Please refer to our Sedation Dentistry section for more information.
Do you accept my dental insurance plan?
As a service to our patients, we will communicate with most dental insurance companies on your behalf, however, any outstanding balances are ultimately the patient’s responsibility.
If you have a question for Harbour Centre Dental, please contact us today.