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What is Digital Smile Design?

What is Digital Smile Design?

The Digital Smile Design (DSD) treatment planning protocol is considered the most modern, patient-centered design approach available. Through careful analysis of the patient’s facial and dental structures by using state-of-the-art videography and digital technology, it allows for meticulous detail and customization.

DSD Clinics are hand-selected practices that offer the highest quality standards of smile design and patient care and share a passion for combining dentistry, aesthetics, and technology in their pursuit of excellence. The DSD concept focuses on creating a personalized experience for the patient as well as high-quality results customized to their unique specifications.

In 2016, Maria Cardenas DMD became the first certified Digital Smile Design Clinic in the United States. Today we are able to collaborate with an exclusive group of partners all over the world.

What makes us different?

Only DSD Clinics follow the 5 Smile Makeover Standards to guarantee you exceptional results.


Digitization is a process through which we gather all your unique information about your teeth and mouth with meticulous detail.

Procured with the latest technology, this comprehensive information allows us to prepare your treatment and design a smile that is completely customized for you. 

3D Facial Design

We incorporate your personality, unique facial features, and bite analysis to design customized smiles for each patient that harmonize with who you are.  

Digital Treatment Planning

At our clinic, we do Digital Treatment Planning because it allows us to plan, and quality check your smile makeover before any dental work even begins.

It’s important to us that our patients are involved in the design process. Digital Treatment Planning lets us digitally map out the possible routes to your new smile and help you fully understand your options before treatment begins.

Smile Test Drive

As a DSD Clinic, we offer a unique experience to our patients that we call a Smile Test Drive — without any commitment to treatment. We want you to feel confident in your decision by seeing and feeling how you will look with your new smile (and providing feedback) before treatment begins.

Guided Treatment

Using your digital treatment plan, we design and produce custom-made models that fit over your teeth and act as a guide to help us increase the accuracy of treatment such as clear aligner therapy, porcelain veneers, or dental implants.

We use the latest technology to carry out procedures with precision, efficiency, and predictability and ensure that you will always get safe, comfortable, and reliable results.


Maria Cardenas DMD: Digital Smile Design Clinic in Wellesley, MA

Here at Maria Cardenas DMD, we are proud to be a Digital Smile Design Clinic and provide our patients with the highest quality results, patient centered care, and completely customized experiences.

We hope this helps explain what Digital Smile Design is, why we practice it and how it benefits you as a patient.

Our goal is to provide our patients with the best oral healthcare, education, and overall experience at our boutique dental practice. We believe in getting to know the person behind the smile and building lasting relationships.

Your smile journey begins here. In addition to offering smile makeovers in Wellesley, Maria Cardenas DMD is proud to offer a wide variety of cosmetic, restorative, and general dental services. From Invisalign® to teeth whitening to dental implants and more, we are here to help with all your dental needs!

For more information about cosmetic dentistry in Greater Boston or to get scheduled at our Wellesley dental clinic, please feel free to call or text us at 781-235-1900. Alternatively, you can fill out our contact form and we will reach out to you!