AboutSmile by Design Dental Group

Smile by Design Dental Group is an Irvine based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more..

We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Choi and our staff invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 949-336-3404 and experience why our patients think Smile by Design Dental Group is the best dentist in Irvine.

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Dr. Michael Choi

Dr. Michael Choi is a general dentist, cosmetic dentist, prosthodontist and implant specialist serving patients in Irvine, CA and the surrounding communities. He has trained with some of the world’s most prominent implant dentists, and he has completed more than 12,000 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 UCLA. He researched dental implant interfaces and mechanics, and his findings were published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants (JOMI).

In 1994, Dr. Choi began the advanced prosthodontic program at Loma Linda University, 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 Loma Linda for a year, after which he was an implant specialist at the Arizona Implant Institute, focusing on full-mouth reconstruction and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Choi continues to give many lectures and teach numerous courses about dental implants and cosmetic dentistry, as he maintains his private practice.

Dr. Choi and his wife, Leslie, have been married for 25 years. They have two children: John, 25, lives and works as a product manager in Atlanta, Georgia after graduating from Emory University in 2014. His daughter, Shaelyn, 20, is a student-Athlete at Princeton University. When out of the office, Dr. Choi enjoys golf and hot yoga. He is also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Meet The Team


Registered Dental Assistant

As Dr. Choi’s dental assistant, I look forward to working with patients and caring for their needs. I not only act as Dr. Choi’s “third and fourth hands” I also handle all the back office duties. I enjoy working with him and love his perfectionist attitude, his honesty, and his skill. I also love the fantastic teamwork in the office and I really like seeing patients walk away with healthy smiles.

When not at work, I love spending time with my husband. I have traveled extensively in the Unites States and Part of Asia, and wish to explore the rest of the world. I love coffee, and chatting with friends – preferably while drinking coffee.


Registered Dental Hygienist

I joined Smile by Design in 2011 as a dental assistant who has a background in dental laboratory technology and now, as a registered dental Hygienist, I became our very own. I love spending one-on-one time with patients and educating every about oral health & hygiene. Dentistry has a special place in my heart and I have a passion for helping patients achieve a healthy smile.

I live with my husband in Huntington Beach, but can be found all over Southern California doing anything from hiking, paddle boarding, snowboarding, playing volleyball, and riding beach cruisers.


Registered Dental Hygienist

I have been in the dental field since the age of 18, I got my first job as a back office assistant and enjoyed every minute of it. I am very dedicated and love to assist Dr. Choi in providing patients with their most beautiful smile as well as their best dental experience. I admire Dr. Choi’s work skill and knowledge. I always have a smile on my face and love to see patients walkout with one too.

I love to play the guitar on my free time and enjoy doing obstacle course racing as well as working out on a daily.