Have you ever considered straightening your teeth to improve your smile? Are you thinking about applying to dental school? Well we have Dr. A to the rescue! Dr. Amira Ogunleye is the co-owner of Beautiful Smiles in Florida. Read on to read her philosophy behind a beautiful smile and how to be successful in the dentistry field!
1) Why did you choose your profession?
I grew up in a very strict household when it came to my studies. My father was all about education so my options were Medical School, Law School, or Dental School. I had a horrible smile when I was young, I mean very crooked teeth. I was very insecure about my smile. I begged my dad for braces and when I got them finally I felt comfortable smiling. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a dentist. The difference it had on my self-confidence was HUGE. I knew I wanted to do that for people.
2) What is the favorite part of your job?
Definitely the difference I can make in one’s life. It’s amazing how much a new smile can influence a person’s self-esteem and confidence. That feeling at the end of a case when a patient is overwhelmed with emotional joy. That’s the BEST.
3) What is the most difficult part of your job?
The importance of details in dentistry is the most difficult part. Something as small as 1mm off is SO significant. You have to be extremely precise. Additionally, I have OCD so I can never accept good; it has to be great and that can be challenging.
4) Who is your mentor (if any)?
My older sister. She is also a Dentist and I have always admired and looked up to her. I was blessed to have her guidance along my journey. Everything I am is because of that woman!
5) Best piece of advice for someone pursuing your field?
Stay focused on the end goal because the road will be very tiring, rough and really test your mental stamina. The rainbow after the storm is so BEAUTIFUL and rewarding.
6) If you have not chosen this profession would have you chosen instead?
I would have been a surgeon. I love working with my hands and that’s another profession where you really change lives.
7) Favorite designer?
I wouldn’t say I have a favorite. It depends on my mood and vibe I’m going for. I have really been into Fe Noel lately. I own so many of her wide leg pants.
8) Favorite makeup brand?
9) Favorite hair care?
I love Shea Moisture products.
10) Favorite skin brand?
There is this amazing face wash I absolutely love called Glytone Mild Gel Cleanser.
11) If you could only choose 5 items to put in your purse everyday, what would they be?
Pink lipstick, Mascara, Hair Tie, and Tooth Brush and Toothpaste of course ?
12) Free plug:)– Anything you would like our readers to know that you are supporting, selling or creating?
The name of my dental practice that I co-own with my sister is called Beautiful Smiles. We continue to strive to achieve a practice that aims to change lives…one smile at a time. This year we will be hosting our Summer Children’s Event where we provide free cleanings and dental screenings to those less fortunate individuals who can use a fresh new smile!
Education (Schools Attended)
-Attended Howard University where I completed the BS/DDS program which is an accelerated program where you complete the traditional 8 year degree to become a dentist in 6 years. At the time I was the youngest student to graduate Dental School (I was 23 years old).
-Bachelor of Science Degree Majoring in Biology
-Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree
Certifications or Licenses?
-Certified in Six Month Smiles
-Certified in Invisalign
-Primary Focus on Cosmetic Dentistry
-2011 America’s Top Dentists: Cosmetic Dentistry
-2015 America’s Top Dentists: Cosmetic Dentistry and Orthodontics
-2016 Patient’s Choice Award
-2017 America’s Top Dentists: Cosmetic Dentistry
-2017 America’s Top Dentists: Orthodontics and Family Dentistry