Designing Smiles Dentistry
Victor Apel, DMD:
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Designing Smiles Dentistry
Victor Apel, DMD
Melbourne, FL













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Clear aligners

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Cindy C. from Melbourne Village, FL (Source: Yelp)


The professionalism of Dr. Apel and his staff with Designing Smiles Dentistry is amazing  in the  comfort and detail  in the procedures they perform. Their attention to details on all aspects of the procedure was outstanding. I just had mini implants and their information as the procedure was being done  helped me not be fearfull  of the experience.
I would highly recommend Designing Smiles.  Cindy C

Richard Peterson (Source: Google)


Dr. Apel and his staff always provide a comfortable and professional atmosphere with outstanding services. I’ve trusted Dr. Apel for years, he has amazing skills and experience along with a calm communications style that allows you to make the right decisions for your situation. Every visit, whether a routine cleaning or a procedure by Dr. Apel leaves you feeling well taken care of.

Cessy Meacham (Source: Facebook)


I am fascinated with the services I got from this practice. I was one of those patiences being traumatized with the rudeness of other dental practices around town. I am so glad this place was recommended to me. From day one , their first assessment is thorough and gentle. The entire staff, from paperwork assistance, teeth cleaning, Covid safety, to the chief Dr.Apel, is an experience compared to none, I know I will be showing a new designed smile by Dr.Apel, and we trust the future care of mine and my family’s dental health here.

Dustin W. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


Have had the pleasure of being a patient since 1997.  Without a doubt a person who takes great pride in what he does and his patients.  Not only is his work at the highest level, but his equipment is cutting edge.  This is one of the few places left in this world where it has that down home feel, and not some cold corporate running business where you are just a number.  If you are looking for a new dentist give Designing Smiles a try.  You won’t be making a mistake.

Leslie Purdy (Source: Google)


I was amazed at the great service. Dr Apel treated me with respect and caring attitude. As I cringed in the chair today with anticipation of great pain due to an unavoidable root canal, he spoke with me and called me right down. I hardly felt the needle go in. He explained what he was doing and the noises that I was going to hear. When it was all done faster than I had hoped, he was very positive and forward-thinking when he told me that he did not think I needed a crown because he took care of the problem with a filling. Before he left the office, he called to make sure that I was doing okay after the surgery. Best dentist ever! I have never had such an experience in the 15 dentists I have seen in my lifetime. Can I give him more than five stars? He definitely under promised and over delivered which is the best way to run a service-based business!

Marcia K. from Melbourne, FL (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Apel & his staff are wonderful! He has done extensive work on my mom who is very dental phobic & she raves about him. He takes his time with patients, explains things very well (including what to watch for after treatment) and has often called us to check on her later that evening. I am a licensed health care professional & I would not hesitate to recommend him.

Pamela W. from Palm Bay, FL (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Apel has performed several procedures, including a mini implant.  I trust him implicitly.  He is professional and compassionate.  As someone who does not enjoy dental work, he has made me comfortable and not fearful of the work he is doing.  He and his staff are friendly and welcoming.  I would highly recommend him.

C Wickwire (Source: Google)


Designing Smiles is a hidden gem located just south of the Babcock St. and Hibiscus Rd intersection in Melbourne. Dr. Apel and his staff are ultra-proficient in both state of the art dentistry and keeping the patient comfortable. Most of his dental hygienists have worked with him for many years and they truly work together as one unit. Really amazing to see. Our family has used Designing Smiles for at least fifteen years and we are always satisfied customers. He is an artisan in creating both beautiful but natural veneers as well. His office staff is super-on-the-ball as well. We highly recommend this office and this physician!

Dustin W (Source: Google)


I have been a patient since 1997. Would never look to go anywhere else. Dr. Apels techniques and equipment is top notch. In today’s world you are a number, but here Dr. Apel and his staff takes the time to talk with you and explain everything in detail. This is the only dentist office I have ever seen that does everything to make you comfortable.

Dr. O. D. West (Source: Google)


My wife and I have been seeing Dr. Apel for 10 years now. He uses the newest of technology and takes the time to make sure we understand anything that needs to be done. One of the few places that still offeres the personal down home feeling when you are there. Well worth the hour drive to go see him.

Regina Shea (Source: Google)


Dr Apel gives a painless injection when numbing, he has a great chairside manor he explains everything very well and if you want to know what he is doing he will explain as he is working. He personally calls you the night you have had any work done to check on you and see how you are feeling. I find that rare in today’s world. His office is quaint, professional and friendly.

Toni Marie Uravitch Donahue (Source: Facebook)


I’m a patient of Dr. Apel & asked him if he did any prosthodontic work ,as my husband’s well known prosthodontist retired. After my exam, Dr. Apel asked me to follow him, which I did and to my amazement who’s sitting in the exam chair but my husband’s prosthodontist!!! I guess that says it ALL!! Talk about a recommendation!!! Dr. Apel is so knowledgeable ,updated, likable, caring, and funny!! I never had such an extensive dental exam. I had a dental procedure and later on that evening, Dr. Apel personally called me to see how I was doing!! You don’t find doctors like that anymore. He’s the BEST!!!!�������

Crs Rose (Source: Facebook)


I was recommended to Dr.Apel’s office by one of their current patients and could not be happier with my experience. It is a small office that is welcoming and comforting from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. Great staff. Highly recommended.

Mlb Destinations (Source: Google)


Very professional, caring, informative, really makes you feel comfortable and love the soft music in the background in the office, helps you to relax..Dr is very gentle and did a very thorough exam and explained everything as he was doing it! Amy did my cleaning and she was so sweet! She did a great job that was quick and painless! She also went into detail on tips to keep things perfect! The office staff was great too! Very friendly! I highly recommend this dentist office!

Yaffa L. from Malabar, FL (Source: Yelp)


I was shocked to see a negative review of Dr. Apel’s office. He has always been one of the most honest doctors I’ve ever known. The office staff is friendly and does a great job explaining procedures and expected payments, and they have a great appointment reminder system and flexibility in scheduling. Dr. Apel himself is the most thorough dentist I have ever encountered, and goes above and beyond to ensure that I am comfortable during procedures and that I understand what is being done to my teeth. Their payment plan system is pretty good if you don’t have insurance. I’ve recommended him to many friends and I wouldn’t go anywhere else. I’m honestly worried about having to choose a dentist in the future that lives up to his standards once he retires because he is that good!

Stephen C. from Melbourne, FL (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been a patient of Designing Smiles since the late 90’s and they are great!  Dr. Apel and his staff are friendly and care about their patients. I’ve had a variety of procedures over the years and all have been painless and done right the first time. Designing Smiles treats you like family, they  give new meaning to the term family dentistry.

Amanda Telebrico (Source: Facebook)


What a fantastic experience! They made me and my family feel comfortable and informed. My son is four and the staff & dentist were extremely attentive with him during his very first visit. Such friendly people! We all left happy and wanting to come back!

Betty Flynn (Source: Google)


I have had two visits for services at Designing Smiles and I am so impressed! The initial exam and cleaning were clean, helpful, professional, caring, and thorough. My individual treatment plan fit my needs. The entire team treats me with the utmost care and consideration. I admitted my “dentist’s chair” anxiety on the registration paperwork. Dr. Apel took his time to get to now me through the paperwork, as a person, a patient, and a client. The team guided me through having 2 front fillings today. The positive experiences I have had in the care of this team brought me to tears of joy! Having the kind and caring assistance to help me as a whole patient be able to restore and maintain my teeth is helping me improve the quality of the rest of my life. I am looking forward to more visits with Dr. Apel and his team.

LARAINE Hodes (Source: Google)


Having been absolutely terrified of Dentists throughout my 77 years I was shocked by this Dental practice. Stating that I never felt even uncomfortable in their care is an understatement. My wife had told me “No man can live with a lower denture”. She is rarely wrong ! LOL. Six implants later with my denture I am eating everything including ribs. No glue ! I am a happy man.

Marylu S. from Malabar, FL (Source: Yelp)


My family has been under Dr. Apel’s care for over 20 years. I tell everyone how painless his treatments are.  He has had to treat all kinds of dental problems with us through the years, and we have always been pleased with his work.  He has always treated us like family.  He stays up on all the new procedures, and is extremely competent. Everyone on his staff is helpful and does a wonderful job.  I would recommend him to anyone!

Gus R. from Apopka, FL (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Apel is an exceptional dentist. The depth and breadth of his exam was far beyond anything I have ever experienced. His attention to detail as well as a holistic view of our current situation, provided me and my wife the insight and information we need to shore-up our long-term dental health. In Addition, Dr. Apel’s staff completes the experience by through their professionalism and high level of competence. If not for the referral I received from a close, long-time friend, I would never have known the benefit and satisfaction of Dr. Apel and his awesome team at Designing Smiles Dentistry.

Tyler Dunlap (Source: Google)


It’s been six years since my one and only visit here and I thought it’s time I write my review. I guess it’s more of a thank you for the excellent work you did bonding my front tooth, for a reasonable price and as a walk in customer. I still remember asking the dentist that day how long it would last, and he said could be 3 months, could be 3 years. So I’m happy to report is been double the longest prediction. Thank you for the great work and I appreciate it more than you know.

Gus Rathgeber (Source: Google)


Dr. Apel is an exceptional dentist. The depth and breadth of his exam was far beyond anything I have ever experienced. His attention to detail as well as a holistic view of our current situation, provided me and my wife the insight and information we need to shore-up our long-term dental health. In Addition, Dr. Apel’s staff completes the experience by through their professionalism and high level of competence. If not for the referral I received from a close, long-time friend, I would never have known the benefit and satisfaction of Dr. Apel and his awesome team at Designing Smiles Dentistry.

Doug Nading (Source: Google)


Dr Apel and staff are very friendly and helpful Dr Apel goes over every step on what he’s gonna do next while hes working on you also is very personable he gets to know you and the staff Megan Amy and Amber are very helpful will help you out with any questions you might have I recommend them highly

Richard Yarid (Source: Google)


The Designing Smiles team is Excellent! I am currently experiencing a quick turnaround in my overall dental health, and my good, positive, mental Attitude, is due in part, to a team of individuals who work on such a high level of Professionalism, combined with the touches of sincere, personal care and concerns with achieving the best possible results for their patients. I so too look forward to my next visit. Thanks to a great team!

Dustin West (Source: Facebook)


Been seeing Dr. Apel since 1997. A place that still has close relations with their patients unlike some of these large corporate style dentist offices. His work along with his equipment is cutting edge. If you’re looking for a new dentist give Dr. Apel a try. You won’t regret it.