Carlsbad Smile Studio
Ilien Minter, DDS:
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Carlsbad Smile Studio
Ilien Jimeniz Minter, DDS
Carlsbad, CA













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

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays



Clear aligners

Pediatric dental care

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

Sleep apnea therapy

TMJ treatment

Dental implants

Sedation dentistry


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 11:00 am to 6:30 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





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

Ronn K. from El Cajon, CA (Source: Yelp)


Ilien and her fantastic team make a dental visit actually something to look forward to. First class treatment, state-of-the-art technology and a charming family friendly atmosphere – puts a smile on my face every time. Highly recommended!

Amber Smegielski (Source: Google)


Dr. Minter and her team are top notch. The team is super friendly and Dr. Minter is a miracle worker. She fixed two of my top teeth with composite versus having to do braces or Invisalign and I am so happy with the results. 1 hr and done! We laughed, had a great time and my teeth are perfection. Highly recommend!!!! No better dentist out there in my opinion.

M. M. from Fallbrook, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr Minter and her team are the greatest!! I’ve been to many dentists and Dr Minter is the best dentist I’ve ever been to! My appointment was for a broken tooth. I was hoping that the tooth could be saved with a crown. Dr Minter and Marcy listened to my past experiences/issues with amalgam filling removal (which would be necessary on this tooth). I was given oxygen, a rubber dam was used to isolate my tooth, and special instruments were used for the removal. They were so caring and gentle throughout whole procedure! They made me feel very comfortable and relaxed. I left with the filling gone and a crown on the tooth. I’m going to make additional appointments to remove all of my amalgam fillings. I purchased the Membership Plan and it saved me money on this first visit. I plan to purchase a Membership Plan for all of my family members. Thank you Jennifer for signing me up and showing me the great value of the plan! I will be referring all of my friends to Carlsbad Smile Studio

Jason Minter (Source: Facebook)


Dr. Minter and her staff provide the best dental care available using the the latest technology and dental techniques. I highly recommend Carlsbad Smile Studio for an amazing experience.

Stephanie Edmondson (Source: Facebook)


I have been a patient of Dr. Minters for the past 3 years, and so many great things to say about Dr. Minter and the team at Carlsbad Smile Studio! You all are amazing. I feel like family from the moment I walk in. Not only that, the care they give feels like the same care they’d give to a loved family member. Always clear on what to expect, options, and always free of pain or fear. Dentist visits can be stressful if you’re not at the right dentist, and I am so glad to be apart of the Carlsbad Smile Studio family!

Amber B. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Minter and her team are top notch! From the moment you walk in it is a relaxing and inviting office. The hygienists put you at ease and Dr. Minter might be the most fun, yet professional dentist I have ever encountered! She was able to correct two of my teeth that I didn’t love and thought I would need braces or invisaline but she was able to correct with some composite! 1 hr and done!! Thank you so much!!!! Would highly recommend!!!

Rona S. from Santa Fe, NM (Source: Yelp)


Wonderful dentist and staff. Extremely knowledgeable, kind and patient – as I tend to ask a lot of questions. I drove from Carmel Valley to see him for a cracked tooth and he and his staff were great. Highly recommend.

Jessica B. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have only the most wonderful things to say about Dr. Lawrence. He is honest and trustworthy and does a careful job. His staff is wonderful. I appreciate the fact that he takes a holistic approach toward dentistry. Flora does a great job cleaning and so does the other dental tech (whose name I cannot recall). His wife works there too and is amazing and helpful. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Lawrence and his practice. I have recommended him to many friends over the years.

H. S. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I recommend Dr. Lawrence to all my friends.  Hands down he is the best and most honest dentist in San Diego.  I am very cautious with dentists as I had an experience with a dentist who told me my daughter needed three fillings when in fact Dr. Lawrence discovered she did not need any.  I trust him one hundred percent.  His staff, including his wife Colleen, are very professional and caring.  Wonderful dentist and I recommend him one hundred percent.

V. R. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


Great holistic dentist.  I had been looking for a dentist who does not recommend unneeded treatments.  He seems like one of the few honest dentist who recommends what you need.  He believes that you can heal your teeth and gums in many cases.  His products are also great.  I’ve referred many people to him who have had negative experiences elsewhere.  His office is less toxic than most dental offices.

Meg M. from Temecula, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Minter is the most wonderful dentist!  I cannot say enough about her and her fantastic team!  Highly recommend!!  I immediately felt comfortable in the office and totally at ease with the hygienist.  Cleaning was easy and efficient for me and my children.  Dr. Minter and her team we’re so unbelievably kind and caring, my family and I are already looking forward to our next cleaning!!  Thank you Carlsbad Smile Studio!

Stephanie E. from Temecula, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been a patient of Dr. Minters for the past 3 years, and so many great things to say about Dr. Minter and the team at Carlsbad Smile Studio! You all are amazing. I feel like family from the moment I walk in. Not only that, the care they give feels like the same care they’d give to a loved family member. Always clear on what to expect, options, and always free of pain or fear. Dentist visits can be stressful if you’re not at the right dentist, and I am so glad to be apart of the Carlsbad Smile Studio family! B

Nicholas Maloney (Source: Facebook)


Words can’t describe! This place is not only beautiful but all that worked there, (even during this scary time), are amazing people! I can’t say enough. If you want to be treated like a person and not a patient, this is the place!

Greg M. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


Our family loves Dr. Minter!  She takes the time to explain everything so there are no surprises. She is really great with our kids. We have been going to her for years, sometimes driving an hour each way. Once you find a dentist you love, you have to stick with them!  Thank you for everything Dr. Minter!

Layla M. from La Quinta, CA (Source: Yelp)


Great dentist and dental staff… I really like the homeopathic approach… I like to use the natural toothpaste and mouthwash and other things that they offer in order to keep my mouth & teeth healthy. I like that they are very detail oriented, do a thorough cleaning job, make sure that I know of any changes that are going on with my teeth, give advice on how to care for my teeth better & use natural anesthetics & products… So, when I recently had to get some dental work done, they used alternative therapies to keep me calm and it worked well 🙂

Jones S. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I love Dr. Lawrence and everyone in their office. Moral. One of a kind. Love these guys. Rare find. How often do you find a dentist (or any human being) who isn’t in it for the money??? My son referred me to Dr. Lawrence and they’ve never let me down. Dr. Lawrence is very careful to remove any residual bacteria before filling it up — and he uses the highest quality materials that will keep the dentin and root protected and all non-toxic materials and anesthetic. They certify all their autoclave equipment unlike some other places. P.S. Dr. Lawrence will not push you to do anything, so be very proactive regarding your dental needs, keep on top of everything and ask to pay for the things that are needed for prevention (i.e. grooves in molars are common sources of dental decay in my teeth so I’m addressing it so no surprises later). They are the very best San Diego has to offer.

Summer B. from Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


We choose Dr Lawrence for our natural holistic dental care. My husband and I have been coming to dr Lawrence for ages!  He has helped my husband through some serious stuff with bridges and crowns. He is very calm gentle and patient.

Patricia S. from San Marino, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Lawrence is a wonderful dentist! I travel all the way from North Los Angeles down to his office in Carlsbad because he is the best dentist I have ever had and the only one I trust. He is also my favorite health care practitioner. He is a perfectionist and is always careful to keep me comfortable no matter what the procedure. Dr. Lawrence also has tons of integrity. He is conservative and does everything he can to protect your natural teeth even though replacing them may bring in more revenue. The dental staff and hygienists are also top notch. They teach you how to take care of your teeth and gums which has a huge impact on your overall health.

Amber Bushore-Smegielski (Source: Facebook)


Carlsbad smile studio is top notch. I followed Dr. Minter to this practice because she is that amazing!!! You need look no further for a dentist you can trust!


Dr. Minter has been active in the Southern California dental community for over 15 years. A graduate from the prestigious University of the Pacific (UOP) School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA, Dr. Minter received her B.S. in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience at UCSD Revelle College. Dr. Minter has lived in Southern California with her family for more than 15 years and is proud to call Temecula home. Dr. Minter uses the latest in advanced digital technology to treat her patients. She attends regular continuous education courses in dental implant training, 3D X-ray imaging, and cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. Dr. Minter's hobbies include snowboarding, and playing both the classical guitar and the French horn. She also enjoys community service and spending time with her family.