Exquisite Smiles General Dentistry
Maricela Simmons, DDS:
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Exquisite Smiles General Dentistry
Maricela M. Simmons, DDS
Encinitas, CA













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: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tuesday: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Thursday: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





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

Suze A. from Morro Bay, CA (Source: Yelp)


Many dentists today must schedule a minimum of 2 sessions to provide a new crown. This was the case for me as I waited one week for a new crown while we were in Maui last year, before moving to Carlsbad. Our son & his wife highly recommended us to Dr. Simmons & her first rate team based on the superb dental care they received. Using the latest laser & ceramic technology, the Team Simmons professionals were able to create the highest quality crown tailored for an exact fit. I could actually see the production process in action. We actually look forward to our visits to this modern office and visiting these dental experts. Team Simmons is a great credit to our community health system & the dental profession!

Vicki H. from Carlsbad, CA (Source: Yelp)


I couldn’t be happier with Dr. Simmons and her entire staff. Everyone in the office is very friendly, professional, and caring. My whole family sees her and it is always a pleasurable experience. I never thought I’d say that about visiting a dentist, but it’s true! They genuinely care about us and it shows in every way. I couldn’t recommend her more and I feel so confident knowing she is my dentist

Jenelle Zingg (Source: Facebook)


I LOVE having my teeth cleaned here! Holly is wonderful and Dr. Simmons is fantastic. It’s no wonder the incredible people who work here never leave. Such an awesome environment and very family friendly!

Nancy O. from Rancho Santa Fe, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Simmons runs a top of the line dentistry practice.  She has invested in the best technology and is the most up to date procedures.  And she does it all, from crowns to braces (Invisalign). She also explains what she is doing and answers your questions thoroughly.  The hygienists are very good, and very thorough.

Leslie Hastings (Source: Google)


We recently moved to the area and needed to find a new dental office. Dr. Simmons was recommended by the couple we bought our home from. The staff and Dr. Simmons were all friendly, professional and courteous. We will be happily passing along the recommendation

Gabrielle C. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Simmons is the best!! She is always so accommodating and will always leave the choice up to you when she gives suggestions on what procedures you need done. She always gives a break down for you and never pressures you to make a decision right away. I did clear correct with her and I’m sooooo happy with my results. I’m so happy I finally found a dentist and not dreading to go to the dentist anymore

Sam G. from Ramona, CA (Source: Yelp)


I was very nervous and worried going to any dentist. But after 4 days of pain I decided it was time. From the second I walked in until I left it was nothing less than an amazing expiernce. There all very caring and truly care for their patience. I would recommend this place to anyone. 5/5 stars. Thank you for getting rid of the pain!

Deborah (Source: Google)


I am from out of town. Needed immediate dental care.Did my research on reviews and read about Dr. Simmons. I hate going to dentists, I go with great anxiety and have been traumatized more than once with dental procedures. So looking for a dentist that I would be comfortable with. I found that with Dr. Simmons and her staff. Made at ease right away, chairside manor off the charts. Office, was exceptionally,clean, furnishings and dental areas we’ll appointed, with the newest of technologies. It was a great experience, well as great as a visit to a dentist can be. Wish she was available in Clearwater, Fl. Thanks Dr. Simmons and staff

Dan Medici (Source: Google)


We happened upon this practice a few years ago via a friend’s referral, and could not be happier. The service is what excels them above other dental practices we have encountered. The personnel from the front desk to the hygienists and of course Dr. Simmons, are very professional, and truly care and listen to you. They employ modern dental and cleaning techniques, even their scheduling services include text or email reminders. Although going to the dentist is normally a chore, I truly leave the practice with a better smile on my face

Christopher W. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I discovered Dr. Maricela Simmons’ office when I was working in Solana Beach.  The office location is extremely convenient in Encinitas off the I-5 Freeway exiting Santa Fe Dr. The entire staff cannot be any friendlier and they all do such a wonderful job.  She is a perfectionist and enjoys what she does.  They are flexible in scheduling and are always professional. Going to the dentist is most people’s nightmares.  Dr. Simmons and Co. will change that to make it a pleasant experience that you will not dread going to.  Your teeth and smile will thank you!

Mallory R. from Oceanside, CA (Source: Yelp)


Of course Dr. Simmons’ office get’s a five star! Staff is awesome and friendly. I love that I get email notifications when I schedule an appointment and a reminder email when the date is getting close. The environment is relaxing and they have tv’s to watch while they are working on your teeth. That’s a fun option to have. The biggest reason why I trust Dr. Simmon’s is because she helped save my front tooth. I had gotten a recommendation from a dentist saying I should pull out my front tooth due to an infection I had. I mostly like would have done the procedure if Dr. Simmon’s didn’t assist that I go see a specialty dentist, Dr. Malin for a second opinion. I’m glad she insisted because she was right. My tooth could be saved, which it was and everything is healing well

Katie Klarer (Source: Google)


Made the mistake of having dental work done with another dentist. Terrible work and my mouth was so painful for months afterward each procedure. Something that had never happened with Dr. Simmons. I came back to Dr Simmons. She fixed my dental problems and I have no pain!! Such a relief and so very happy with my experience. She is a perfectionist! So happy to be back!

Darmon D. from San Juan Capistrano, CA (Source: Yelp)


Professional, honest and very kind service is what you’ll get when you visit here. Recommendations are made but never pushed when it comes to extras (like non essential products) which are made in relation to something relevant to you. I definitely feel taken care of and drive an hour from Orange County because trust is a really big deal when it comes to my teeth.

Rob Ford (Source: Google)


I had a busy Friday and even though I knew I had an appointment I messed up and missed the appointment at 11 am. Received a call at 11:10 am to check on me from Dr. Simmons office and was able to reschedule for a 1pm appointment the same day. Went to the 1pm appointment, had the same great service I have come to enjoy. Then to top of the amazing experience Dr. Simmons remembered our daughters 1st B-day and sent me home with a gift for her. I would recommend this Dentist to anyone that appreciates great service and interaction with great people

Gary S. from Escondido, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Simmons has been my dentist for over 10 years now…wow, I didn’t realize that until just now.  I’ve never had a dentist this long a period of time   She and her staff are wonderful people.  They are very professional, very caring, very nice, and funny too.  I would highly recommend her practice to anyone.  She has a gentle touch and strives for perfection.  Her staff is friendly and professional and they go out of their way to make sure you are cared for and fully understand every aspect of your office visit

Allison M. from Coronado, CA (Source: Yelp)


My husband and I have been going to Dr. Simmons for a couple years and we are very pleased!  Dr. Simmons and her staff are always timely and knowledgeable.  They have been very accommodating when I had to bring my young son along for my appointments.  I have a worn a mouth guard for grinding for years and she worked closely with me to customize just the right one, which was a big improvement over my old school one. I really appreciated that.  I can highly recommended Dr. Simmon’s and her office 🙂

Richard Y. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


In the ten months that I’ve been a patient Dr. Simmons and her team have been impressive in every aspect of their work. As someone who is not easily impressed and who is very particular about my dental choices, I have been blown away by the efficiency, friendliness and professionalism. The dental care is top flight while their efficiency is solid. I can only offer my highest praise and recommendation! Richard Y

Tomoko Kuta (Source: Google)


My husband introduced me to Dr Simmons and I permanently switched over to her practice after my first visit years ago. I unfortunately don’t have great teeth and gums so I need a lot of care. Each visit through the years has been a positive experience. I am able to get the day of the week and time slot that works with my busy schedule and the expert care from Dr Simmons and her team is friendly, prompt, and completely reliable. I recently recommended a friend who was looking for a dentist. Dr Simmons stands behind her work and has provided the kind of preventative care and repair that is helping me maintain my oral health in the best shape possible

Frank Deming (Source: Google)


Dr. Simmons is very progressive, thorough, and attentive without imposing any agenda other than the best possible outcome for the health and appearance of your smile. Everyone on her staff reflects the same upbeat personality and professional approach that seems to come naturally to Dr. Simmons

Ron R. from San Marcos, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have never done a yelp review but Dr. Simmons did such an amazing job fixing a problem I had, I felt compelled to do something for her in return for the outstanding job she did for me. Before seeing Dr. Simmons I had been going to the same dentist for 5 years until he put a crown on and couldn’t get my bite fixed. I went to him 6 times over the course of a year and the bite still wasn’t fixed and his option for me was to do a root canal (my thought exactly, I have to get a root canal because you can’t get the bite correct on my tooth you put in?!?!?!) The bite being wrong for so long caused me sleepless nights, pain, and discomfort for over a year, so I lost confidence in my dentist and needed a second opinion. After a year of dealing with this issue, I decided to go to Dr. Simmons based on my wife’s recommendation (my wife has been going there for a long time) and the Dr. explained to what she saw was wrong and how doctors miss a small things when having you grind your teeth with the marking paper, she then proceeded to fix my tooth and knocked it in a few seconds…..it was the BEST feeling to have my bite back to normal after a year!!! She also said I did not need a root canal! My experience here was one of the best I have had at any dentist, Dr. Simmons is now my trusted dentist! Thank you so much for being an understanding dentist with an amazing, nice team!

Lisa K. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)



I have always had a dreadful fear of going to the dentist.  It has always been a painful and anxiety filled topic for me.  I decided to see Dr. Simmons because she was right across the hallway from my office.  So it was convenient.  I explained my fears and she was so sweet to calm my nerves.  So much so that I have been going to her for almost 10 years now.  The atmosphere is soothing and the office always smells amazing.  Her staff are the best of the best. I have referred all my co-workers to her and my husband as well.  As long as I have teeth in my mouth, I will continue to see her. Dr. Simmons is an awesome dentist.

Yesenia Auer (Source: Facebook)


My husband and I are both very happy patients of Dr. Simmons. Dr Simmons is a caring dental professional. My mom recently had a dental emergency and Dr. Simmons was able to get her in quickly and treated, we are so grateful for Dr. Simmons! Her staff is also very friendly and caring. We love Dr. Simmons and her staff, we couldn’t thank them enough for providing our family dental care.

Paige Metsch (Source: Google)


Our family had been going to Dr. Simmons for many years now. She has been so wonderful. She truly cares about her patients and wants to do the right thing always. Very competent and compassionate as well. I can’t say enough good things about her amazing staff .They are always so friendly and thorough. Office is beautiful and comfortable. They are great with kids as well.

Nicole Brown (Source: Google)


The office is clean and inviting. The office staff are friendly and wanted to know personal things about you, as a way to get to know you. Dr. Simmons is kind and tells you the truth about what’s going on with your teeth. I also liked that nobody tried to get me to do anything extra to my teeth, just what was necessary. I highly recommend this dentist office

Tamara S. from New York, NY (Source: Yelp)


I just moved to SoCal from New York City and badly needed a root canal and a crown.  I was so nervous to find a new dentist.  So grateful that I received a recommendation to see Dr. Simmons.  She is on-time, professional, thorough in her explanation and I never felt rushed.  The equipment is state-of-the art and super clean.  The office is conveniently located near the 5 and Sante Fe Road and is decorated in a soothing and tasteful manner.  The root canal went just as planned and was not painful. The staff: fabulous!!  They are caring, professional, and so lovely.  They had balloons for me on my bday and all sang hb before my root canal-  So unexpected!  This has by far been the best all around experience with a dentist!

Jill J. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been going to Dr. Simmons for over 16 years and wouldn’t go anywhere else. She has cutting edge technology and runs an ethical, patient-centric practice. I was always so scared of the dentist. Dr. Simmons is so friendly and has the best smile…no more fear!  The office in Encinitas is warm and comfortable. Holly and Shawna, my regular hygienists, treat my teeth like old friends! Thanks to the entire team for always providing a great experience.

Tara B. from Carlsbad, CA (Source: Yelp)


Truly my favorite dentist ever! The office is clean and comfortable and the entire staff is so kind! Dr. Simmons has gone above and beyond multiple times (coming in on her day off to help and staying during lunch another time). She is very personable and puts you at ease. Additionally, she works quickly (which we all want at the dentist) and is so kind! I would drive any distance to keep coming here!

Darlene H. from Cardiff, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’m so glad I found Dr. Simmons!  She and her staff are amazing!  I received great care, and they answered a million questions that I had.    They even went out of their way to help me fix a chipped tooth urgently, at my first visit!  Cured of my dentist phobia!  🙂

Michael Benik (Source: Google)


I recently made my first visit to Dr Simmons’ office for a teeth cleaning. Unfortunately I found at that visit that I would need three fillings replaced and a new crown. I was nervous the whole week before because prior crowns were a painful and multi-week process. To my delight I was in and out in two hours! The crown was made right in the office and my old amalgam fillings were replaced with state of the art resin/epoxy. The whole procedure was painless and done in a pleasant and professional setting. I trust Dr Simmons so much after this first session that I am proceeding with Invisalign to straighten a crowding issue with my teeth. I couldn’t recommend her more highly for a truly 21st dentistry experience!

Dane Kuta (Source: Google)


Maricela Simmons D.D.S. is simply an outstanding dental service. Dr. Simmons always provides excellent quality dental care. I switched over to Dr. Simmons after being with a ‘big-box’ dental service, never seeing the same hygienist or doctor twice. Dr. Simmons really gets to know her patients, and really cares about them. I have been a patient of Dr. Simmons for several years now, and have referred two people to her. Her staff is also outstanding – from the front office personnel to the hygienists to the technicians. I cannot say enough good things. Highly recommend. As long as Simmons D.D.S. is in business, I will gladly be their patient

Alicia H. from Carlsbad, CA (Source: Yelp)


My family (myself, husband, and 4 boys) has been going to Dr. Simmons for the past few years and we are more than pleased:)  I had some really bad bonding on my front teeth, making them look yellow.. I would only smile with my mouth closed.  After seeing Dr. Simmons and her working her magic, my teeth are white again and I smile with my teeth:)  She is a perfectionist and it shows in her quality of work. I know that she is honest with us and never trying to do unnecessary work unlike other dentists we have had in the past. Her staff is very polite and friendly and always willing to work with our crazy schedule.  I have and always will highly recommend Dr. Simmons!

Nancy C. from Carlsbad, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Simmons is dedicated to her patients.  She is thorough and friendly which is a rare combination.  She views each patient as an individual and she has never recommended or pushed for treatments that were not necessary.  She loves of what she does and her attitude is so refreshing that you may start to think differently about your teeth and going to the dentist

Jeff M. from Carlsbad, CA (Source: Yelp)


I just had to Yelp Dr. Simmons Dental Practice. My family had been going to Gentle Dental which was not really doing it for us. My neighbor Mark suggested Dr. Simmons so we gave her a try. Night and Day!! It’s great because the business is done the old fashioned way but has all the modern tools, equipment, Dr. Simmons/Staff Knowledge, followed up by excellent customer service including billing. All Bills are accurate and done properly as it relates to ones dental insurance. It goes without saying that none of us really enjoy our trips to the dentist. I can honestly say that I enjoy going to see Dr, Simmons and her staff. it’s a very pleasant experience. I was actually taking a nap through a recent root canal!! Scouts Honor! Please try Dr. Simmons for good dental treatment!

Howard Ady (Source: Google)


Many dentists today must schedule a minimum of 2 sessions to provide a new crown. This was the case for me as I waited one week for a new crown while we were in Maui last year, before moving to Carlsbad. Our son & his wife highly recommended us to Dr. Simmons & her first rate team based on the superb dental care they received. Using the latest laser & ceramic technology, the Team Simmons professionals were able to create the highest quality crown tailored for an exact fit. I could actually see the production process in action. We actually look forward to our visits to this modern office and visiting these dental experts. Team Simmons is a great credit to our community health system & the dental profession! Howard & Susan Ady

Debra S. from Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been going to Dr. Simmons for several years; she is the best dentist I have ever seen.  She is very professional, gentle, knowledgeable and l never feel nervous or uncomfortable with her or her staff.  I trust her completely and would highly recommend her and her dental hygienist


At our practice we strive to treat each patient with genuine care and compassion focusing on personalized dental care one patient at a time. Because it is our goal to provide you and your family with the highest quality of dental care, we have created a serene environment equipped with the comforts and state of the art equipment we know our patients want and deserve. We are a group of women who love working together and love what we do, Dentistry! We have a common personal belief in treating others with honesty and the utmost of care. As moms, we know how important your time is. In a time where getting rushed through is a common practice, we would like to promise our patients that we will be honest, treat you and your time with respect and maintain the highest standard of sterilization and safety. Bottom line, we will treat you the same way we would want our families to be treated. We welcome you to join our family and look forward to caring for you. We promise we will go above and beyond to make sure you leave our office with a reason to smile. Smile! You're in good hands. Throughout our website, you will find an abundance of information about our practice, procedures we provide, and dentistry in general. Please explore and learn as much about dentistry and our services as you desire. We believe our patients should have as much information as possible in order to make important, informed decisions regarding their oral health and treatment options. Our patients are our most important asset, and we strive to develop long-lasting, trusting relationships with all of our patients. Your referrals are welcome and appreciated. We look forward to seeing you! Dr. Simmons is a warm, caring person whom many patients regard as a friend. She enjoys staying abreast of the latest advances in Dentistry so she can offer her patients the best possible dental care. She graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX in 1991 and began the life of a military wife. The Simmons Family has moved from Texas to Georgia to Hawaii to Virginia then back to Hawaii and now in California! She has practiced in and currently holds licenses in 3 states. She is also a member of the American Dental Society, as well as the CA, HI and GA Dental Society's. She has been married to Lt. Col G. Simmons USMC for over 25 years and is a dedicated mother of 2 boys, Eli and Sam. Her husband Greg is currently stationed at Camp Pendleton and will soon retire from the Marine Corps. They have decided to stay in San Diego as it is their favorite and final home.