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How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Change Your Life

If you feel good, you look good. It works the other way around, too. It’s especially true in the case of cosmetic dentistry because there is power in confidence. Walking with your shoulders back can change the way not only you view yourself, but the way you view the world.      

The dentist that gets a regular visit is typically your go-to family dentist whose job is to ensure that there are no problems with the teeth and gums. Often, this doctor will refer you to another specialist if the work needed goes beyond dentistry 101. It’s when there’s no discomfort but you still don’t feel like smiling. That’s when you would instead seek out the benefits of a cosmetic dentist. One of the main reasons you may not feel like smiling could be because you’re unhappy with the way your smile looks. It’s crucial for you to do something if this is the reason. Here’s why.

A smile: it’s universal

There’s something special, something extremely important about your smile. It is a universal sign of openness and receptivity. Nowhere on this planet is there a society that interprets the nonverbal communication of a smile in any other way than a positive gesture.

Without a single word, a smile communicates assurance, ease, and warmth. Imagine what you’re saying – or rather, not saying – if you don’t smile because of a broken or missing tooth? Your smile is more valuable than you can imagine.

What your teeth and self-esteem have in common

Cosmetic dentistry rewards you with more than an attractive smile. It gives you a boost of confidence. You’ll be more comfortable and outgoing. According to Psychology Today, a smile makes you appear more confident. It’s just what you need to convey if you’re interviewing for a job.

It’s more than a feeling. The simple act of a smile releases dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin. These neurotransmitters fight off stress and act as natural pain relievers. We often associate the word “cosmetic” with superficial efforts. And while it might not take much effort to whiten your teeth or fix a crooked smile, the benefits are deep and long-lasting.

Beyond the surface

Health professionals who specialize in cosmetic dentistry often pursue additional specific training that helps them determine the most appropriate way to help you regain your natural tendency to smile. It goes beyond the completion of a dentistry school. They’ll learn the latest techniques and science behind creating attractive teeth – which might require surgery or other types of medical treatment.

Technology is drastically changing the practice of dentistry. New composite resins offer cosmetic options for even a basic restorative treatment like getting a cavity filled. It’s more than just looks, though. Cosmetic dentistry can also be a solution for badly damaged or missing teeth. Dental bonding can repair a chipped, cracked, or misshapen tooth. More comprehensive procedures such as dental implants can replace teeth that are impossible or impractical to repair.

The American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a specialty. That means any dentist can claim to be a cosmetic dentist. If you want to be confident that you’re trusting the restoration of your smile – and now you know why it’s a life-changer – seek out a dentist who is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).

Dr. Randy Mitchmore of LifeSmiles is not only a member of the AACD, but he’s also the past national chairman of this organization’s national charitable foundation. He sees patients from all over the world to help them get the smile they deserve. Learn more about how he has helped transform people’s lives by regaining a natural-looking smile.


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Sally May-Frankum
Dental Hygienist

Sally’s favorite part about working with the team at LifeSmiles is the fun she has with her co-workers. Additionally, she appreciates working with Dr. Randy Mitchmore because much like her, he values whole-body health for his patients. She’s proud to be part of a team that does such high quality work.

Outside of the office: Sally enjoys being with her children and grandchildren and uses writing as a creative outlet. On the weekends, she can be found doing all things outdoors including hiking and biking.


Bucket List: Going to Europe, exploring every US state, and zip-lining.

Hero: The Highest Power of them all!

Toni Wilson
Queen of Charisma

 “Every great dream begins with a dreamer.”

Toni’s favorite thing about working at LifeSmiles is the beautiful scenery. When patients are having anxiety about their dental appointments, she creates a fearless atmosphere with her charisma and warmth. She is passionate about helping every patient achieve their dental health goals. She says she truly loves being part of a team where she can grow professionally and personally.

Outside the office: Toni loves spending time with her husband and their sons. She also likes to show off her green thumb with her work in her garden.

Bucket list item:
Travel around the world and learn about other cultures and regions.

Your hero: Harriet Tubman because she was passionate and a fearless leader unafraid of any of life’s challenges.

Mike Mireles
Elite Care and Education Specialist

Smiling is contagious

Mike began his career at LifeSmiles seeking an opportunity to expand his skillset and advance his career. Today he works at Dr. Michmore’s side through dental procedures and surgeries. He loves working at LifeSmiles because the entire team is continually learning and keeping up to date with the newest advancements in dentistry.

Outside the office: Mike enjoys barbecuing on his patio, traveling, and spending time with his family. He’s a dog dad of two: Tati and Tito.

Bucket list item:
To visit Thailand and Dubai and to try skydiving!

Your hero: Mike looks up to his parents and is forever grateful for the life lesson they taught him; respect, manners, strength, and to be a go-getter. He continues to carry these things with him with everything he does.

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Sandra Smith

Sandra is 44 years old and is a star athlete for the Special Olympics. At LifeSmiles, Sandra stocks patient rooms and the coffee bar. She does all kinds of special projects like decorating for holidays and preparing awesome gifts for our patients.

Sandra loves being around all her friends and is proud to wear a LifeSmiles shirt, jacket, and name badge. You’ll always find her smiling and helping make our patients smile too.

Outside the Office: Sandra likes to go fishing with her family, swim, go to dances, and walk the mall with her friends. She is very active in the Special Olympics and won second place in the state volleyball tournament (go, Sandra!) in 2020. She sings in her church choir and attends international performances with them.

Spirit Animal: Butterfly. She likes them because they are pretty.

Andie Willis
Director of Details

Andie is married with one son, Logan and now lives in The Woodlands. She grew up in Sugar Land and has followed in her mother’s footsteps – she has been in dentistry for over 35 years. Andie actually started out working in the office with her mom and learned many things from the way she worked.

Andie has been a Lead Dental Assistant for most of her career. She has worked for many specialists including oral surgeons and periodontists. She has extensive training in all facets of dentistry but especially enjoys the surgical and cosmetic side. As a science nerd, dentistry fascinates Andie and gives her a sense of accomplishment.

At LifeSmiles, she is our “Director of Details”. Andie is known for being a perfectionist because she likes to gather as much information as possible and go the extra mile to match Dr. Mitchmore’s high standards. She truly loves being part of our dedicated team of professionals who go above and beyond for our amazing patients.

Outside of the Office: Andie is addicted to Lagree fitness and loves to go off-shore fishing.

Your Hero: Her Mom. She is the most selfless person Andie knows.

John Copous
Chief Enthusiasm Officer

John became a new patient of LifeSmiles in 2008. He likes to tell people he was not allowed to leave. John worked down the street for 14 years before joining the team. He has a passion for meeting new people and extending genuine hospitality.

Often the first person people meet on the phone and when they walk in the door, you can count on John for a warm welcoming smile. You can even ‘hear’ it over the phone. He says, “I believe everyone deserves the red carpet treatment and love seeing other people smile.”

John hears stories every day how someone’s smile is holding them back. He can barely contain his excitement when shouting the praises of Dr. Mitchmore and the entire team. He shares passionate stories of how the transformations people have received at LifeSmiles, changed their lives.

Outside the Office: John loves being outside. He enjoys sharing a beach house with friends and family. He loves entertaining, throwing a party and cooking at home. He can start a conversation with anyone, anywhere. He’s an amateur stand-up comic.

Bucket List Item: To live in a foreign country for one year, somewhere near the beach. Take some time to write an epic love novel loosely based on my large Italian family.

Your Hero: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. While fictional, the character incorporates admirable qualities from real life people. She believes in the goodness of everyone, keeps on going and moves forward despite any obstacle. She is able to find humor in other people’s quirks, accepts them and makes sense of it all. Plus, she’s a little outrageous too.