Busting Myths around Smile designing

perfect-smile-with-white-teeth- Busting Myths around Smile designing

Medically reviewed by  Dr. Vidhi Bhanushali Kabade BDS, TCC

Last updated Dec 4, 2023

Medically reviewed by  Dr. Vidhi Bhanushali Kabade BDS, TCC

Last updated Dec 4, 2023

Nowadays, everybody is looking forward to having a beautiful and pleasant smile. And honestly, there is nothing wrong with that. Everyone wants to get noticed. Be it a birthday party, family function, conference, that special date, or your own wedding!

We all want to be in the limelight! We all agree that a smile is the most attractive expression people notice about anyone. The phrase ‘first impression is the last impression’ holds good with first the face then the person and his behavior. So when this factor is so important for society as well as for you, why not make it perfect and eye-catching!

What exactly is smile designing?

Considering it’s immense demand, we still observe that people are reluctant about the process of designing a smile in lieu of the myths associated with it. Most people are still unaware of what exactly it is and how it works. So to make things understandable, let us first see what this smile design means. It is nothing but a study that seeks balance between the face and the smile. To achieve this harmony, the cosmetic dentist can select from numerous procedures which are available according to the person’s need and demand.

Now we will see some of the myths related to smile designing and the truths behind those myths.

Myth #1: “It only matters that I will have white and large teeth”.

Truth: Not only the shape, size, and color of the teeth are evaluated, but all aspects of the face are taken into consideration while designing the smile. Shape of the lips and the relationship between the size of the teeth and the shape of the face are studied while designing a beautiful smile for you.

When all the factors are taken into account, a beautiful and pleasing smile can be gifted to the person seeking transformation. The primary objective is to get the best natural look.

Myth #2:  “Cosmetic dentistry is expensive”.

male-patient-paying-dental-visit-clinic thinking Cosmetic dentistry is expensive

Truth: There was a time when cosmetic dentistry was considered unreachable because of the cost, but those days are gone. With the many advances in today’s technology, treatment has become much more efficient and, therefore, more affordable.

Many treatments that have cosmetic benefits are also considered restorative procedures by many insurance companies. This means that these cosmetic procedures may make crucial structural improvements to your teeth while enhancing the appearance of your smile, so it solves the dual purpose of treatment and esthetics.

Myth #3: “Anyone can make a Smile Design”.

Truth: Although all dental professionals are well equipped to perform procedures for smile designing, there are ones specialized in aesthetics and cosmetic dentistry. They will help you to obtain much more incredible results. 

Myth #4: “Cosmetic procedures can damage your teeth”.

woman-dentist-talking-with-her-female-patient-explains-smile designing myths Cosmetic procedures can damage your teeth

Truth: This is a very common myth about cosmetic dentistry. People believe that procedures such as laminates and veneers are harmful to your natural teeth. Fortunately, these veneers are not damaging. With porcelain veneers, your teeth would require only minimal alterations. One can only be surprised to see the amazing results just minor alterations. Some methods allow you to preserve and increase the lifespan of natural teeth whenever possible and will repair heavily damaged teeth when necessary.

Myth #5: “Procedures are painful or cause sensitivity”.

Truth: Nowadays, with recent advancements in technologies, the procedures have become minimally invasive or harmful to the teeth. Dentists take utmost care to avoid any kind of pain and sensitivity during the procedure to make you feel absolutely comfortable. If required or in case of any uneasiness, the dentist does give local anesthesia or sedation.

Myth #6: “Smile designing is not for older people”


Truth: We have seen many people around us love using phrases like, “age is just a number” or “we are never getting older”. The meaning is very clear. They do not agree that they are getting older in reality, but want to stay as young as they ever were! Well, for them this procedure can be a magic wand to look younger and have that winning smile they have always wanted. There is no age barrier to getting the smile designed. Dental concerns like yellow teeth or minor malalignments usually happen with age. These can be easily corrected with advanced dental technology and treatment procedures.

The bottom line

It is very well understood that smile designing is still not very commonly practiced because of these myths. It is hence advisable to visit your dentist and have a systematic consultation regarding the same. They will be the best people to guide you according to your needs and wants.

So, what are you waiting for! Get a beautiful smile and flaunt it with all the confidence!


  • Smile designing is a process of changing the appearance of teeth by making them straighter, whiter, and creating a beautiful smile.
  • Smile designs can do wonders by fully restoring your dental health and appearance regardless of the original state of your existing teeth.
  • The process of smile designing involves procedures that do not cause pain or major discomfort.
  • Smile designing bears no age limit. Anyone above 18 years of age can get a smile designing planned by a dentist.
  • A beautiful smile will always help you boost confidence and create an aura of positivity around you.
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Author Bio: I, Dr. Palak Khetan, am an ambitious and enthusiastic dentist. Passionate about work and keen to learn new technologies and keep myself updated on the latest trends in dentistry. I keep good communication with my colleagues and keep myself informed of the innovative procedures being carried out in the wide world of dentistry. Comfortable in working at both clinical and non-clinical areas of dentistry. With my strong communication skills, I develop a good rapport with my patients as well as collegues. Quick learner and curious about the new digital dentistry which is being practiced at a large scale these days. Love to have a good work-life balance and always look forward for rapid growth in the profession.

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