Dentistry by Design — proudly serving Pacific Palisades and the West Los Angeles community for over 45 years.


Our Services


At Dentistry by Design in Pacific Palisades, we’re dedicated to delivering outstanding dental care to help you maintain the health, functionality and beauty of your smile. When you come to our office for a general and preventive checkup and cleaning, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan based on priorities.

  • Piezo Ultrasonic Teeth Cleaning, for deep cleaning with little pain or discomfort
  • NOMAD, a handheld device and one of the safest dental x-ray units available



Dental aesthetics is in the eyes of the beholder. Our job is to help you achieve the smile that you envision for yourself. Dr. Maria Elena Tapia, a cosmetic dentist and member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, has advanced training and expertise to help enhance your smile using some of today’s most advanced technology:

  • Kor Teeth Whitening, for a brighter, whiter smile in just one visit
  • ClearCorrect, clear aligners to straighten teeth discreetly
  • Tooth Contouring and Reshaping, for those annoying little imperfections
  • Cosmetic Gum Surgery, to correct an uneven gum line


Dr. Michael Whang is an experienced dentist, specializing in periodontal dentistry. A lecturer in periodontics at the UCLA School of Dentistry, he provides Dentistry by Design patients a comprehensive range of advanced periodontal procedures designed to help patients achieve optimal oral health and beautiful smiles, including:

  • Aesthetic gum procedures
  • Management and treatment of gum disease
  • Surgical placement of dental implants
  • Periodontal Regenerative Procedures, to help restore bone and gum tissue health


Our Commitment

We are committed to providing you with the most caring and personalized dental experience in Pacific Palisades and West Los Angeles. We strive to provide the latest most conservative and biomimetic concepts in dentistry.

We are on a continuous path of updating our knowledge, skill and technology to provide the safest, most advanced and comfortable dental services at an affordable price. We are willing to work with you to get the treatments you need with financial agreements and will take most insurance benefits.At Dentistry by Design, we believe all patients should be given excellent dental care in a comfortable and convenient setting. We’re committed to:

  • Continuing education for doctors and staff, providing patients the latest in dental techniques and services.
  • Empowering our patients with information to help them make decisions for optimal dental health and well-being.
  • Using the most advanced technology and tools for faster, better results.  
  • Offering compassionate and detail-oriented care to help you look and feel your best.
“Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of high Intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” – William Foster
The team at Dentistry by Design is committed to providing you with the most caring and personalized dental experience in Pacific Palisades and West Los Angeles. Please call us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you in our office soon!