Phillips Family Orthodontics

Your Encinitas Orthodontist

Our Home in Encinitas, CA

Welcome to Phillips Family Orthodontics, your trusted orthodontic care provider nestled in the beautiful coastal city of Encinitas, near San Diego, CA. We are thrilled to welcome both new and existing patients to our state-of-the-art office.

Our team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, high-quality orthodontic care that you deserve. Whether you’re stepping in for the first time or you’re a familiar face, we’re committed to making every visit a positive experience. Come discover the difference at our Encinitas location in San Diego, where we create stunning smiles that last a lifetime.

Phillips Family Orthodontics


A Space for Crafting Joyful Smiles

Step into our Encinitas office at Phillips Family Orthodontics, where we blend modern technology with a warm, inviting atmosphere. Located near the coast of northern San Diego, our space is designed to be a soothing and comfortable spot where you can feel at ease.

Our friendly and dedicated team is here to ensure that your visits are smooth and enjoyable, and they go above and beyond to make every patient feel like part of our family. Led by our esteemed orthodontist, Dr. Joseph Phillips, our team is committed to providing the highest quality of care.

Equipped with the latest advancements in orthodontic technology, our digital x-rays and 3D intraoral scanners offer a safer and more efficient experience for our patients. These technologies allow us to provide precise diagnoses and treatment plans tailored to your unique needs.

Formerly Toolson Orthodontics

Dr. Toolson, a beloved orthodontist for over 30 years, has left his practice in the hands of Dr. Phillips after he and his wife were granted the unexpected opportunity to serve as missionaries in Ecuador for several years. Thanks to Dr. Toolson, patients in Encinitas, CA, have come to expect an exceptional degree of orthodontic care from our office.

Dr. Phillips and our team are committed to continuing the same level of care, kindness, and outstanding results that patients have come to associate with this office. While the name on the door may have changed, the spirit of exceptional patient care that Dr. Toolson instilled remains. We look forward to welcoming you to Phillips Family Orthodontics in Encinitas, where your smile is always in good hands!

Our Services

At Phillips Family Orthodontics, we are proud to serve the vibrant community of Encinitas with a comprehensive range of orthodontic services tailored to meet your unique needs. Residents of Encinitas and surrounding areas can access the following to achieve beautiful, healthy smiles:

We offer both traditional metal braces and modern ceramic braces to help align your teeth and improve your smile. Our braces are designed for efficiency and comfort, providing excellent results for patients of all ages.

For those seeking a more discreet option, our Invisalign clear aligners offer a virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth. These custom-made aligners are removable, making them a convenient choice for busy lifestyles.

Early Treatment
Early orthodontic treatment can prevent more serious issues down the line. We provide evaluations and interventions for young children to guide the proper growth and development of their teeth and jaws.

Sleep Apnea Treatment
We offer specialized treatments to help manage sleep apnea, improving your sleep quality and overall health. Our customized solutions can help alleviate symptoms and provide a better night’s rest.

TMD and Nightguards
If you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) or grind your teeth at night, we provide effective treatments and custom nightguards to relieve pain and protect your teeth from damage.

Surgical Orthodontics
For more complex cases, we offer surgical orthodontic treatments that work in conjunction with braces or other appliances to correct jaw irregularities and improve both function and appearance.

Laser Gingivectomy and Frenectomy
Our minimally invasive laser treatments can improve gum health and correct issues with the frenulum, enhancing both oral health and aesthetics.

After completing orthodontic treatment, retainers are essential to maintain your new smile. We offer a variety of retainer options to keep your teeth in their perfect position.

Palatal Expansion
To address issues with jaw alignment and bite, we provide palatal expansion treatments. This effective procedure widens the upper jaw, creating more space and improving overall dental function.

Who Benefits from Orthodontics?

Almost everyone can gain some benefit from orthodontics. Whether you’re seeking to enhance the appearance of your smile or improve your overall oral health, orthodontic treatment can provide significant advantages. Beyond cosmetic improvements, orthodontics can enhance chewing function, reduce wear on teeth, and promote better oral hygiene.
Common Orthodontic Problems
  • Overbite: When your upper teeth protrude over your lower teeth.
  • Underbite: When your lower teeth extend further than your upper teeth.
  • Overlapping Teeth: Teeth that overlap each other due to lack of space.
  • Crowded Teeth: Insufficient space in the mouth causing teeth to crowd together.
  • Crooked Teeth: Teeth that are misaligned or twisted.
  • Rotated Teeth: Teeth that are turned or rotated out of their normal position.
  • Impacted Teeth: Teeth that are partially or fully trapped in the jawbone and unable to emerge properly.

Who Shouldn’t Have Orthodontic Treatment?

To qualify for orthodontic treatment, you should not have any serious dental issues, such as extensive decay or gum disease. Applying braces or other orthodontic appliances to diseased teeth can exacerbate these conditions and negatively impact your oral health.

If you have cavities or gum disease, it’s essential to seek treatment from a dentist first. Once these conditions are managed, your dentist can advise you on whether orthodontic treatment is suitable for you. Proper dental health is a prerequisite to ensuring the best outcomes from orthodontic care.

Why Choose Us in Encinitas?


Our actions are guided by honesty, transparency, and ethical conduct in all that we do. We believe in building trust with our patients through open communication and consistent, reliable care.

We are dedicated to superior training, state-of-the-art equipment, and the highest standards of care. Our commitment to quality ensures that our patients receive the best possible outcomes.

We believe that everyone, without exception, deserves to be treated with respect and love. Our compassionate approach means that we listen to your concerns, address your needs, and provide a comfortable, welcoming environment.

We aim for streamlined treatment processes, punctual appointments, and a clear, defined path to successful outcomes. We respect your time and work diligently to provide effective, convenient care.

Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. Early assessments allow us to identify any potential issues and determine the best time for treatment, ensuring optimal results.
The duration of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the individual case and the type of treatment. On average, treatment can range from 12 to 24 months. During your initial consultation, we will provide a personalized treatment plan and timeline.
The cost of braces or Invisalign depends on the complexity of your case and the treatment plan. We offer a detailed cost estimate during your consultation. Our team is committed to providing affordable options to help you achieve your best smile.
Yes, we offer flexible payment plans and financing options to make orthodontic treatment accessible to everyone. Our team will work with you to find a payment solution that fits your budget.
Many dental insurance plans include orthodontic coverage. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand your specific benefits. Our orthodontist Encinitas CA staff is also available to assist you in understanding your coverage and maximizing your benefits.
During your first visit, we will conduct a comprehensive examination, including digital x-rays and a review of your dental history. We will discuss your treatment goals and provide a customized treatment plan, including an estimate of the cost and duration.
You may experience some discomfort or soreness when you first get braces or start wearing Invisalign aligners. This is normal and usually subsides within a few days. Over-the-counter pain relievers and orthodontic wax can help alleviate any discomfort.
If you experience an orthodontic emergency, such as a broken bracket or wire, please contact our office immediately. We will provide instructions on how to manage the issue and schedule an appointment to address the problem as soon as possible.

Scheduling an appointment with Phillips Family Orthodontics is easy! You can call our office at (760) 943-7770, visit our website to book online, or stop by in person to book an orthodontist Encinitas CA consultation. Our friendly team is here to help you find a convenient time for your visit. 


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