About Dr. Choi
Michael Choi, DMD, is a general dentist, cosmetic dentist, prosthodontist, and implant specialist serving patients at Smile by Design Dental Group in Irvine, California. He has trained with some of the world’s most prominent implant dentists and completed more than 15,000 dental implant surgeries and restorations.
Dr. Choi earned his doctoral degree in Seoul, South Korea, in 1986. He served as a military doctor and then entered the advanced implant preceptorship program at the University of California, Los Angeles. He researched dental implant interfaces and mechanics, and his findings were published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants.
In 1994, Dr. Choi began the advanced prosthodontic program at Loma Linda University (LLU), where he earned a certificate in prosthodontics. He then entered the advanced implant dentistry program and graduated with a certificate in implant dentistry in 1996. Dr. Choi was an assistant professor at LLU for a year, after which he was an implant specialist at the Arizona Implant Institute, focusing on full-mouth reconstruction and cosmetic dentistry.
At Smile by Design Dental Group, Dr. Choi offers a variety of services, including dental implants, All-on-4’s, dentures, Invisalign®, same-day crowns, sedation dentistry, smile makeover, and veneers. As he maintains his private practice, Dr. Choi continues to give many lectures and teach numerous courses about dental implants and cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Choi and his wife, Leslie, have been married for 25 years, and they have two children. His son, John, 25, graduated from Emory University in 2014 and now works as a product manager in Atlanta, Georgia. His daughter, Shaelyn, 20, is a student-athlete at Princeton University. When he’s out of the office, Dr. Choi enjoys golf and hot yoga. He is also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
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Words from our patients
"The professionalism of his staff is amazing along with their follow up. He is proficient, quick and gentle."
"I can 110% say that my expectations were exceeded and am thankful I found a doctor who cares so much about his work and patients."
"First of all the staff is so nice and always accommodates us. Dr. Choi always has the answer and is very confident in his ability and work."
"Highly, highly recommend Dr Choi and his staff. A clean facility, modern technology and excellent service, the team makes you feel comfortable and calm."
"The entire staff is very friendly and helpful. Every aspect from teeth cleaning to the implant process are done to perfection. I can't say enough good things."
"I have been coming visiting here for the last 12 years and have a great experience and very satisfied with all the treatments."
"Fantastic reconstruction Dr. Choi did on my husband. He now smiles again. It really changed his life. The office is lovely, spotless and comfortable."
"I am so happy that I had my dental work by Dr. Michael Choi. He is one of the best dentist that I have ever met."
"All my concerns were addressed and they were always making email reminders for my next appointment. I strongly recommend Smile by Design to family and friends."
"Smile by design were fantastic with the work that was needed! They made sure everything was clear and were very transparent!"
"The staff at Smile by Design is very friendly and also efficient in the way they work. I appreciate every visit I have and also everyone that takes care of me."
"Dr. Choi was very thorough and knowledgeable and pointed out my dental issues/problems and explained the treatment plan in detail to alleviate my problems. "
"The very best implant service provided by Dr. Choi and excellent patient care by whole crews in the office. Thank you for your professional service!!!"
113 Waterworks Way, Suite 120
Irvine, CA 92618