Last week, Demi Lovato said that she has some serious regrets about changing her smile at the request of the Disney Channel. The singer made the revelation as part of her interview as Allure Magazine’s February cover star.

But if she thought about it, Lovato would probably realize she doesn’t have the level of regrets she thinks.

“The Worst Beauty Advice”

Lovato revealed her regrets in response to the question, “What’s the worst beauty advice you’ve ever gotten?” She said that when they were offering her a role on Camp Rock, they asked if she would be willing to fix the gap in her teeth — likely with porcelain veneers — and she did in order to secure the role. Now, though, she says, “I wish today that I hadn’t, because my gap was really cute.”

Why would a star of Lovato’s caliber regret doing something that helped her get her big break?

A Simpler Time

Now she is looking back at her past self and feeling some nostalgia for how she used to be, and it’s partly her smile she’s missing, but also partly just the person she was then. From her current perspective as someone who’s grown into a much more complicated life, that smile gap represents the time before she was a big star, before she had responsibilities and fame to bog her down.

To a great extent, that gap represents her childhood, and when she says she regrets it, as much as anything she’s saying she regrets the passing of time.

A Changing Brand

Of course, another part of Lovato’s motivation is that the statement goes along with her current persona. Although she has made fame as an actress and singer, she is currently promoting a view of herself as an advocate of people with serious body image issues, trying to help people who are contending with body image problems. No doubt this is to some extent sincere, but it also means she has to carefully manage her image. For someone who advocates loving who you are naturally, a modified smile does present as an inconsistency. When she talks about the pressure she received to change her smile, she’s partly reconciling the discrepancy, and it gives her another point of advocacy: she knows what it’s like to be pressured to change for fame.

A Larger Platform

Of course, when she think about it rationally, she probably realizes that the change was well worth it. Although she made a small compromise, the benefits she received were tremendous, including getting a larger platform from which to discuss her concerns about body image and self worth. In fact, it’s likely that not only she, but women and girls everywhere who can benefit from her message have benefited from her sacrifice.

Smiles have the ability to open doors. What’s on the other side of the door, none can say. But it’s likely better than being forever shut out. If you are looking for cosmetic dentistry to help open doors for you, please call 201-343-4044 for an appointment with a River Edge cosmetic dentist at the River Edge Dental Center for General & Cosmetic Dentistry.