Drs. Drew and Joya Lyons: How Age, Race, and Gender Impact Your Smile & How Their Work Changes Lives
This week, I welcome Drs. Drew and Joya Lyons of Smile Savvy Cosmetic Dentistry to the show. I wanted to explore the link between the field of cosmetic dentistry and beauty. That's because you can't really talk about beauty without considering how your smile and teeth play into the equation. That's both aesthetically and vocationally.
I talk to the duo about how they each came to be dentists, why they started a practice together, the challenges of working with one's spouse, and the specifics about their work, and the impact they hope to have.
Did you know, for example, that there is a difference between smiles based on age, race, and ethnicity? That the camera judges our smile more than we could imagine? That being self-conscious about our smiles can hold us back in other ways? Why is it important to remove barriers so more patients can access their services? The doctors share why having a practitioner who understands these issues can make all the difference. The duo share why their commitment to giving back to underserved communities with smile makeovers via The Lyons Share is important.
We discuss the work Dr. Joya and her sister, Dr. Janelle Davison, expose middle and high school girls to doctors across disciplines to ultimately bring more Black women into STEM via their non-profit, S.C.O.R.E.! And why there must be more Black women in cosmetic dentistry.
Photo: Ariel Perry Photography