Meet Dr. Amanda Canto

Dr. Amanda Canto has been sharing her passion for healthy, beautiful smiles since 1989. She is dedicated to developing exceptional relationships with her patients as well as the community in order to educate and enrich those she reaches.


The child of immigrant parents from Panama and Peru, Amanda Canto grew up fluent in both Spanish and English. Her hard-working parents instilled a serious work ethic and strong morals in all of their children. At an early age, her parents gave her the choice to become “a doctor, or a doctor or… a doctor,” and she is eternally grateful for a wonderful direction. Her parents insisted on great education for herself and her 7 siblings, all of whom are successful in their chosen paths.

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Family and Personal Life

Dr. Amanda Canto is blessed with an incredible husband, whom she partners with to continue to serve patients at Cosmetic Dentists of Houston. They share three beautiful daughters, who teach them about love, kindness and patience every day. Dr. Canto loves dancing and music; in fact, she says she can’t live without them. She enjoys time with her amazing family and friends. She is committed to professional, personal and spiritual growth and loves to read. Dr. Canto is eternally grateful for her strong faith in God, who has blessed her with the ability to serve her patients and community alongside her fabulous and talented team.

Becoming a Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Canto received her undergraduate degree from Southwestern University in 1985 and her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1989 from The University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. Upon graduation, Dr. Canto was chosen for a full year private fellowship in cosmetic dentistry and served as Assistant Editor of Reality Publishing  Company for dentistry.  She has completed thousands of hours of continuing education in all areas of dentistry and is a graduate of multiple prestigious dental programs, including the Las Vegas Institute and The Pacific Aesthetic Continuum.

Advanced Training

Dr. Canto is committed to staying on the cutting edge in technology and education for dentistry and is known as a pioneer in her industry. In addition to utilizing cutting-edge technology, such as dental lasers and cosmetic dentistry techniques, Dr. Canto is leading the way in education and early detection protocols for oral cancers. She is one of the first doctors in the country to own the newest cancer screening device, the Oral ID, and is also one of the first FACT-certified providers.

Dr. Canto is a founding member of the World Clinical Laser Institute, as well as a member of:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Academy of Laser Dentistry
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

She has been honored to help impact her profession by contributing ideas and evaluation for development of new materials and techniques in dentistry by serving on several boards, including the Council for Innovative Dentistry for 3M and the Catapult group.

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She sustains her dedication to learning with countless hours of continuing education through her participation in SPEARS Study Clubs, CEREC Education and Fortune Management.

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Dr. Canto also continues her growth by surrounding herself with doctors from around the globe by being part of the prestigious group The Fortune Practice Platinum Circle. Dr. Amanda Canto is proud to have been recently invited to be part of Fortune Management’s Platinum Circle Group. This group is a select Fortune Management think tank “committed to progressive, socially responsible ideals for the betterment of evolving professionals, as well as humanity.”

Giving Back to the Houston Community

From fostering rescue animals from the ASPCA to changing the lives of at-risk youth, Dr. Amanda Canto has always felt it important to give back to her community.

She has participated in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s “Give Back a Smile” program, which provides cosmetic dental care at no cost to survivors of domestic violence.

She has also provided more than $30,000 in services, to at-risk youth through her own “Gift of a Smile” program coordinated with Houston’s own Window of Opportunity Foundation. Find out more about the Gift of a Smile Program and hear Chris De Leon’s story.

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Dr. Canto serves on the national board of and participates in Freedom Day USA. This is an organization which has been dedicated to giving thanks to our military, veterans, active duty AND their immediate family by providing a DAY OF FREE for those who have kept us FREE! She is passionate about not only providing free dental care yearly on Freedom Day USA, which in its 4th year gave away over 4.5 million dollars nationwide in services, but also in growing the awareness and participation in this worthy cause. She works diligently to encourage more businesses of any kind to donate or join this day to give proper thanks!

Dr. Canto has been blessed to take her dental passion beyond our borders by participating in one of the greatest experiences of her life: a dental mission with the Ecuadent Foundation in which she and a team of U.S. Dentists served hundreds of underprivileged children in Ecuador. It was truly one of the most magnificent opportunities to care for a community so much in need yet filled with incredible gratitude and love. She cherishes that time and values it as one of the most life altering experiences ever. She will surely contribute again.

Dr. Canto is passionate about educating the public about oral cancer. She provides countless FREE oral cancer screenings done in her office and is always searching for an opportunity to teach others about oral care and cancer prevention. Dr. Canto, Dr. Escobedo and the CDH team have participated in many community outreach programs through health fairs, church groups and even teaching at schools.

While Dr. Canto has enjoyed lecturing internationally to her colleagues on subjects of cosmetic and laser dentistry she is now passionate about educating the community about dental health and early detection and prevention of oral cancer. She targets not only on adults, but also the youth by reaching out to schools and churches to deliver vital information. As a well-respected cosmetic dentist, Dr. Amanda Canto has created beautiful, confident smiles for individuals from all over the world. She believes in the life-changing power of cosmetic dentistry and understands the importance of a good self-image.


An Artist’s Eye for Detail & a Passion for Transformation

Cosmetic dentistry requires years of advanced clinical training, but it also requires an artist’s eye for detail and a passion for perfect results. Dr. Amanda Canto considers herself more than just a cosmetic dentist – she likes to think of herself as an artist and an architect. She helps her patients create a blueprint for their comprehensive dental wellness – whether they need a simple restoration or complete smile rejuvenation. For more, read:

The Art and Architecture of Cosmetic Dentistry
The Transformative Power of Cosmetic Dentistry
Dr. Canto’s decision to become a cosmetic dentist can be traced back to a single moment early in her dental training:

“While taking part in a summer program in the Texas Medical Center, I had the privilege of witnessing the transformation of a young girl’s life through oral surgery. She had a very elongated jaw, which was repositioned by talented surgeons who balanced out her beautiful face. I’ve never been the same after seeing her look at herself in the mirror for the first time! It was like seeing the sun coming up in her life!”

Awards and Recognition

awards1Cosmetic Dentists of Houston’s awards and recognitions include:

  • Time Magazine: Best In Texas Medicine: Top Dentists in Houston 2012
  • America’s Top Dentists Award from Consumers’ Research Council: 2008 – Present
  • Houston Top Dentists: 2005 – Present
  • International Top Dentist

See more awards for Houston cosmetic dentist Amanda Canto at Awards and Associations.

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