Carl Smetko, D.D.S.

Meet Dr. Smetko

Dr. Carl S. Smetko has been practicing dentistry for 47 years of which the last 38 years have been in a private practice in Santa Ana. Dr. Smetko is known for his advanced dental and cosmetic techniques, and for his continuing education in all aspects of dentistry. 

Dr. Smetko’s practice philosophy is on esthetic restorative dentistry while the scope of his practicing includes conservative treatments to reconstructions and implants, as well as hygiene and maintenance for all patients.

With his patients, Dr. Smetko is known for his caring and educational approach, his ability to get to know his patients with an emphasis on listening to each patient’s dental desires, for involving each patient in the development of their own unique treatment plan, and for his customized smile creations that optimize each patient’s facial bone structure. Dr. Smetko makes sure that both oral health and teeth alignment are optimized before cosmetic work is placed. For him, it is incredible watching the transformation people make when they feel confident about their new smile.

Today, he dedicates himself to his patients using the knowledge and skill he has developed over four decades. He creates beautiful, natural smiles with cosmetic procedures and helps his patients keep their teeth healthy for life. Dr. Smetko has been treating the third generation of patients in the same family.

Dr. Smetko is happy to be a part of the LifeTime Smiles of OC dental team. He is honored to work with Dr. Kareem Abraham and his staff.


Marquette Dental School, DDS 1968

Military, Officer in 3rd Marine Division Vietnam, 1968-1969

Esthetic Professional Residencies in Comprehensive Esthetics, Advanced Occlusion, Advanced Prosthetics, Implants and Complex Prosthodontics

Professional Affiliation

American Dental Association

California Dental Association

Orange County Dental Society


Dr. Smetko enjoys traveling with his wife, biking, hiking, open track auto racing in his ’65 Mustang Shelby, and a love of classical music of which he is trained vocally in five languages.


"I started going to Dr. Smetko when I moved to Tustin about 6 or 7 years ago. I keep going back. He is a great dentist. He always explained procedures and really keeps up on current technology. Never had a problem nor did I ever feel like I was getting swindled. I continued to pay out of pocket when I didn't have dental insurance! That's how good he is! Last year Dr. Smetko partnered with another dentist to start transitioning into retirement. I was worried. I love Dr. Smetko and I wondered how it was going be. Dr. Abraham is great! He has the same fascination that Dr. Smetko has. You can tell he really loves being a dentist. I have seen him twice now and am so happy Dr. Abraham is taking over.  Johnathan was the dental hygienist I had at my last 2 cleanings. He is chatty and fun. Pretty much painless.  I also like the office staff. Ana at the front desk is very friendly and knowledgeable. I have gotten a few silver filling replaced, 1 or 2 new fillings, and 1 crown. I was never in pain for any of them. Maybe a little discomfort but that's to be expected.  I highly recommend Dr. Smetko and Dr. Abraham for dental work and cleanings."



"I have been going to Dr Smetko for years. He is awesome at what he does and I don't trust many when it comes to my teeth. When I heard he was retiring I was so upset. I came in to meet Dr Abraham and he made me feel super comfortable! He's just as nice and patient as Dr Smetko. I can't forget the office Staff Ana and Raquel were so sweet. They offered coffee/water while waiting and are on it for reminding you about your appointments. John is also super friendly and makes your cleanings go by fast! Thank you, Lifetime Smiles of OC!! Kyra"



"This is IT! This is the place. Dr. Abraham, joining one of the best dentists on earth, Dr. Smetko, is an AMAZING dentist and person. Both he and Dr. Smetko are the best dentists I've ever experienced. I have been going to Dr. S for 7 years after not going to the dentist for 8 years due to nothing but bad experiences with other dentists. I now love to go to the dentist -- I even find reasons to see Dr. Abraham, he's so professional, gentle, calm, caring, personable and meticulous. I have the most serious case of dentist anxiety and after Dr. Smetko and now the past few months with Dr. Abraham, I am cured. NO MORE DENTAL ANXIETY. I just got invisilines and it's the dream of a lifetime. Not a moment i was uncomfortable and I enjoy wearing them and keeping them clean. Can't ever say enough. My dental search is over forEVER! Dr. Smetko and Dr. Abraham are 2 of my favorite people as well as being such AMAZING DENTISTS. Thanks for giving me back confidence in my dentist, in taking care of my dental needs and having such a warm place to go to. amazing shout outs to everyone in the office: Oscar, Anna, Raquel, Jonathan and Alex. YOU GUYS ROCK!"



"First i have to say that all the staff is wonderful, nice and always attentive. Ive always had good experiences. I started coming here since about 2006, and Dr. smetko was my first dentist ever. Dr. Abraham is amazing, as my new dentist he always answers my questions and concerns. He is gentle when working on my mouth and makes every visit a breeze, i can assure that you will be pleased and happy coming here. I highly recommend Lifetime Smiles of OC"



"I can't begin to list ALL of the amazing things about this dentist office. From the front desk/ insurance staff (Raquel and Ana) to the dental hygienist (John) to Dr Smetko and Dr Abraham!!!! They are seriously all so incredible. Their professionalism and care cannot be compared to any other dentist office I've ever been to. I am so happy I finally found a little dental home! I have recommended this dental office to at least 10 of my friends and family members and will continue to do so. It's always such a treat and pleasure to see the staff at Lifetime Smiles! Thank you for everything you do!!!"



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