McElroy Smiles By Design
Greg McElroy, DDS:
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McElroy Smiles By Design
Greg Mcelroy, DDS
Encinitas, 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

TMJ treatment

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes

Offers ClearCorrect™? Yes


Monday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm (by appointment only)

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





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

Patti O. from La Costa, Carlsbad, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been a patient for 16 years of Dr. McElroy’s and his incredible staff, and cannot say enough about what excellent care, service, professionalism, and their use of the most up-to-date equipment and techniques they use including an extensive amount of continued education that is evident. I also have my 88 year old mother coming to them, and she’s delighted being she’s had to have a lot of work done and it’s been pain free including all the little details to make her comfortable.  I highly recommend them for the whole family!

Zaira M. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr.Mac and Charisse are amazing, professional, quick, caring and knowledgeable! My boyfriend went in to take care of two teeth, he hasn’t been to the dentist in 8 years out if the fear of the dentist and of cost. Not only were the cost super reasonable, but most importantly you get what you pay for- THE BEST! Charisse makes you feel so at easy and is a great communicator when it comes to simplifying the procedure so we could understand. She was also super attentive to detail throughout the whole process. Dr. Mac has a great sense of humor with his patients, was quick and thorough and he’s just great at what he does! I keep getting more impressed with this office! My boyfriend actually got up from the dentist chair in a smile!! Thank you!!

Bruce A. from Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


My family’s experiences with Dr. McElroy and Dr. Austin have been exceptional and are certainly enhanced by the state of the art equipment and latest technology. As a dental hygienist, Shaun has proven to be extremely competent, thorough and calming. The office staff is always helpful and met our needs with a smile

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


Dr.McElroy is one of a kind, awesome dentist with a great personality. It seems like he really cares about his patients and takes time to listen to their concerns. I’ve been to other dental offices and most of the time I feel rushed throughout the visit, but not here. I have chosen to stay at Smiles by design dental office as a lifetime patient. Will be recommending for sure

Jesse Landor (Source: Google)


I recently moved to North county from TX and I needed to find a new dentist quick. I was long overdue for a cleaning… Scheduling an appointment was quick and simple. Everyone was so friendly and they emailed me the new patient forms ahead of my appointment! My first appointment was great, I met with Dr. McElroy who walked me through the whole process. I am very happy with everything and I am excited to go back in few months for my next cleaning. 5 stars!

Mark M. from Boulder, CO (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Mac aka Dr. Greg Mc Elroy is the BEST!!!  I have had a crown installed and an implant and new crown.  The facilities are immaculate and the staff friendly and professional. Dr. Mac is very thorough and calmly explains the procedure along the way.  He was gentle and I never experienced any pain.  My crown has been solid for years and I expect the same with my implant and crown.  Dr. Mac and his Team are First Class…I love my new smile!!

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


Smiles By Design is a great dental office. They are professional and friendly.  Everyone calls you by your name and they remember specific events about you. Make me feel like I’m not just another patient on their schedule. They take time to talk to their patients (concerns / worries as well). I really like that! I’ve never had that experience anywhere else. They make the dental visit little more enjoyable. Thanks guys

Michaela Frans (Source: Google)


Highly recommend Smiles by design. All my appointments have been right on time and I’m in and out without any delays. Love it! They have plenty of parking which is another plus. I also bring my daughter here and after every visit she leaves happy with few new stickers and a smile on her face – which is the most important as a mom! I know our family is in good dental hands

Wes Keenen (Source: Google)


This is a high class and well run office. From the front desk to the back office. Dr.McElroy is the best dentist I’ve ever had – super patient with me and my dental issues! Good listener too – he always remembers me and what I have going on. Makes the entire visit little easier to face. The office is clean and high tech! Everyone, I mean everyone, is super friendly and nice

Zaira Xanat Mosquera (Source: Facebook)


I went to go see Dr.McElroy the other day, and wow I just impressed by the overall mannerisms from the staff and doctor! I got a tour of the office, they have tv screens in the rooms so you can watch movies while getting your teeth performed on, which I found impressive, because I know I would use them as a positive distraction! Also I got a free gift! The staff was just so friendly, attentive and made sure to answer all my concerns. Dr. McElroy himself was so good at asking the right questions to ensure I get what I wanted, but also gave his professional advice on what I needed. I’ve never felt so calm and welcomed at a dental office as I did this day. I will definitely be returning, as I trust this doctor and staff to care about my needs. Highly highly recommend! Thank you!

Heidi D. from Solana Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


I came in for a severe toothache and the second I walked in the door the staff at the front desk welcomed me and treated me so nice. Very fresh and clean establishment. They made me feel calm and comfortable because I was worried about the visit. Dr.McElroy addressed my concerns, took the time to explain everything in detail what was going on with my tooth and gave me reasonable options to remedy the problem. 10/10. I am beyond thankful for the great service Smiles by design provided! This will be my go to dental office from now on. Thanks Doc

Tracey R. (Source: Google)


Dr. McElroy and his awesome his staff have completely restored my faith in dental care – for that matter, overall professional health care. They are at the highest levels of professionalism and kindness, every visit! I was truly impressed with their concern for my well being, as well history, and desire to get to know me before any work commenced – and now, few years later – I am still their patient, I have beautiful smile that I am proud of and I feel like I’m part of their dental family

Rose H. from Rancho Santa Fe, CA (Source: Yelp)


Got my third implant with Dr. McElroy. It’s absolutely the most natural looking crown I’ve ever had, (all 3 are) The dentist really took the time to make a great natural color match! The process was very comfortable and easy.  As always, the staff went out of their way to help me to get an appointment with my tough schedule and took into consideration my long drive to the office. When you’re investing this kind of money into dental work, this is just how it should go. Great experience

Paulin Collins (Source: Google)


Fresh office with the latest technology! I love the staff here, they are amazing, sweet and super helpful! Everyone really knows how to take good care of you. They make sure you’re comfortable while hearing about what’s bothering you. They listen and explain everything in detail. I will definitely bring my family here. I recommend it to friends and anyone who is looking for a great dental office.

Angelica R. H. from Del Mar, CA (Source: Yelp)


Excellent team with super friendly and honest service! Smiles By Design dental office has everything you are looking for, they have advanced technology, great visiting hours and a super knowledgeable staff! From the front desk girls to my hygienist, Sean. I have been a patient for many years and I don’t plan to go elsewhere. I have referred many friends and family members! 5/5 Dental office in San Diego!  With everything that is going on, I decided to shelter in place and reschedule my cleaning… they were very accommodating and helped me with all my future appointments

Dallas Van Kempen (Source: Facebook)


Dr. Greg McElroy is by far the best dentist I have ever seen. He genuinely cares for his patients, provides pain-free, speedy, and excellent work. He has a high tech office and in house lab where he makes crowns while you wait. He offers Invisalign, whitening, sleep apnea and dental appliances, and more. I can’t say enough about what a great office he runs. I have brought my whole family here, including my kids starting at age 3. He and his staff are great with kids. The best part about Dr. McElroy is the speed and painless way he performs drill work. He doesn’t over novacaine your face, he has never hurt me once, he does not waste movement or take out more tooth than he needs to. I really appreciate this skill most of all.

Fred R. from Rancho Santa Fe, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been coming here for many years and I have always had a great experience. Dr.McElroy and his staff are the best in town, and their work is amazing. When I was younger, I didn’t really take good care of my teeth, didn’t expect anything bad to happen.. So when I first came to Smiles By Design, my teeth were not in a great condition – but they helped me to set up a plan, so I could get my healthy smile back.. Now, my teeth have never looked better! I have learned a lot, and their focus is; they only want the best for you!

Steven H. (Source: Google)


Great Place!. Super compassionate and Dr. McElroy is probably one of the best dentist I’ve ever been to. Trust me when I say, I’ve been to some really bad dentist in San Diego. His experience and overall care that I’ve seen him put toward myself and others is like finding a needle in a big hay stack. Sean, my hygienist, great as well, he made me feel comfortable during my cleaning and made sure everything went as smooth as possible. Its never easy to sit in a dental chair, but this place makes it easier

Eric Huezo (Source: Google)


Amazing dental facility. The doctor and all staff were amazing. I had a dental emergency during the pandemic and I couldn’t find any dental offices ready for patients until I tried Dr. McElroy. Within one day my surgery was under way. Through surgery and after the staff was professional, caring, and eased my concerns. If you are looking for upstanding care and high quality dental work with an office that will genuinely care, look no further.

Joann H. from Rancho Santa Fe, CA (Source: Yelp)


Very grateful for Smiles by design, Dr.McElroy is my favorite dentist in town, and he has been my dentist for a while now. I don’t see myself going elsewhere.Even with these difficult times, they helped me to get my appointments moved to a later time, they also helped me to get my finances planned out. I am beyond happy with everything

Michelle G. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


This is the one and only dental office I will ever go to! The staff at Smiles by design is just awesome. I’ve always had a fear of going to the dentist but what I like with this office is the option of getting laughing gas, it eases my visits so much because I am constantly nervous ( I have had bad experiences from previous dental offices) Plus their comfort menu, I always use earbuds, a blanket and they have a tv in their rooms so I can watch my favorite show while getting my teeth fixed

Vincent Puglisi (Source: Facebook)


I have been avoiding going to a dentist for a number of years and when I finally had a dental emergency that needed immediate attention I chose the most convenient option. I work in the same building as Dr. McElroy and the office accepts my insurance. The reviews on the office were excellent and while I have a great deal of anxiety about going to the dentist I was already put somewhat at ease by the reports that this practice catered to my specific needs. I was wholly unprepared for the ease and level of service that I received on my first visit. Everyone from the front desk staff, to the assistant, to the doctor himself were so professional and understanding of my personal needs. The office is beautiful, clean, and inviting and has some of the nicest folks working there that I could ever have hoped for. They have features in place that help even an anxious person like myself find a level of comfort that I have never experienced at another practice in my entire life. The technology and equipment used was top of the line and made the entire experience so much easier and pain free. They quickly diagnosed my issue and set up a convenient appoint to correct the problem. Susan was an absolute gem and talked me through the billing process, offering me payment options that were realistic and tailored to my needs. When I returned for the procedure Dr. Haught took over and treated me with so much kindness and respect, and really made the entire procedure so painless and easy. Susan then walked me through my follow up plan for getting back to a positive place with my dental health without ever trying to upsell or push me to do any procedure that I was uncomfortable with. I love this office and I can’t possibly give a higher recommendation. Thank you Smiles by Design, you made a really scary event for me turn into an incredibly positive experience. My friends and family will be coming to see you soon!

Ashley Keith (Source: Google)


Smiles by design dental office has been amazing since day one!!! I don’t have dental insurance but they provide an amazing in house savings/insurance plan. They break everything down for me and make it easy for me to understand. The office provides the latest technology which is awesome. Dr. McElroy is my favorite dentist in town, he is professional, understanding, and he makes me feel comfortable during every visit

Kelly Venturi (Source: Google)


I decided to call and make an appointment since I haven’t seen a dentist in a long time and I was due for a cleaning. The people here at smiles by design are so nice and friendly, they want the best for you! Dr.McElroy is great. He really knows his stuff and explains everything very well. He will talk you through the entire process before hand. My first appointment was a deep cleaning and everything went super smooth… well, it went as smooth as a deep cleaning can go.. 🙂 love this place!

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


First I would like to thank my girlfriend for telling me about this place! I was in desperate need of a new dentist but finding one is always hard. Setting an appointment was easy, Daniela explained all the billing to me and was so nice and patient. Dr.McElroy talked me through the work that needed to be done and addressed my concerns with visuals which was awesome. A special thank you to the assistant that helped me with my crown, it feels so natural. I am happy! 🙂

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


I highly recommend Smiles by Design dental office to everyone! They were so helpful when I broke off my old crown. I was a little nervous about the situation but Charisse and the rest of the crew in the office calmed me down and a new crown was made during the same visit. Since then, I’ve been a loyal patient at Dr.McElroy’s office, because no mater how bad my situation might be, they always take good care of my teeth. See you next time!

Daniel H. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


After going to another highly ranked dentist (thanks google) who tried to talk me into services that were not only not needed but fully unnecessary… it was a pleasure to be seen in this office. The staff is super friendly and very professional. Dr. Mac is top notch… and he has an old school sense of humor that I dig. I don’t believe you can find a more honest and understanding dentist.fully recommend

Valentina R. from Rancho Santa Fe, CA (Source: Yelp)


Happy to find this dental office. Super easy process with the most friendliest Dr.McElroy and his staff. Daniela was very helpful with my payment plan and all other info for getting the ball rolling on my Invisalign treatment! I am beyond excited to go through this process and can’t wait for the results!

Johanna Nelson (Source: Google)


Dr. McElroy and his assistant did an amazing job of removing my old crown and replacing it with a new one. They checked in to see if I had any discomfort throughout the removal and of course during the replacement. It made me calm knowing that I’m in good hands. Everything went super smooth!

Johanna Grace (Source: Google)


There is a very good reason why smiles by design has been voted the Top Dental Office for years – it’s all about the excellent experience that Dr.McElroy and his team provide their patients. I can actually say that I enjoy going to my annual check-ups, all because of the staff. From the moment I enter the office I am greeted like a good friend. Their professionalism and friendly manner is amazing.

David V. from San Marcos, CA (Source: Yelp)


I had a great dental experience / appointment at Smiles by design. I was nervous (have always been) when going to see a dentist. They provided ear plugs, Gave me a blanket and offered “laughing gas”. They talked me through the entire process and I was able to calm down. I was so impressed by the few things they did that really helped me as a nervous patient! I finally got my teeth fixed after a long time of neglect and I could not be more happy for everything. Highly recommend Dr.McElroy and his wonderful staff. They really look out for their patients and they only want the best for them

Vanessa Weber (Source: Facebook)


Dr. McElroy and all of the staff at Smiles By Design are absolutely fabulous! We drive from San Marcos to go here specifically for the experience and professionalism. Everyone is very welcoming, knowledgeable and I know that me and my family are being well cared for. I would highly recommend this dental office to anyone looking for a dentist in north county. They are amazing!!

Victoria Marie Fillpot (Source: Facebook)


My husband and I visited for the first time this morning for their annual charity event. Husband got a wisdom tooth pulled while I got a crack filled. The entire staff was polite, fast, and professional. Their equipment is top of the line. The doctor was very kind and clearly knew what he was doing. So glad we went today, it looks like we found our new dentist home!

Alan Downs (Source: Google)


Smiles by Design is the cleanest dental office I’ve ever been to. My wife introduced me to this place (she has been going there for a long time now) and I’m very satisfied with the switch from my old spot! The dental assistant was extremely helpful and warm-welcoming. I felt comfortable and was able to relax during my crown fix! Everyone there is great! I recommend 5/5!! I’m officially a patient for life

Ken W. from Solana Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


The staff and dentists are highly committed to offering the best dental care to their patients. I have been going to Smiles by design for a while now and I really recommend this dental office to all my family and friends. They have continuously offered me the most progressive dental care available!  Excellent customer service each and every time. I always feel more as a friend to the staff – as opposed to just being one of many clients. Check them out if you haven’t yet.


Dr Greg McElroy has practiced general dentistry throught San Diego county for the past 20 years. Smiles by Design Dental was built and opened in 2003 by Dr Greg McElroy. Dr. Greg McElroy graduated from California State University Fullerton, then he earned his dental degree at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. As one of San Diego's leading cosmetic and restorative dentists, Dr. McElroy and his dedicated team at Smiles By Design are committed to being at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry techniques and technology. Dr. McElroy has completed studies at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and studied nation wide with top clinicians such as Dr. Bill Dorfman of ABC's Extreme Makeover. He is also a certified member and graduate of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. Dr. McElroy has practiced in San Diego for 20 years and has lived in Encinitas for 15 years.