How we’re achieving our mission
By leveraging a unique combination of industry expertise, data analysis, smart devices, 3D printing and a team of expert digital dentists, we provide private dental care at a fraction of the cost. Connect with world-class dentists anytime, anywhere using the innovative Instant Dentist app to receive in-depth information on your dental health and recommended regimes to achieve your healthiest smile. For the time poor or those simply wanting a second professional opinion, our ‘at home’ system makes accessing premium, affordable dental care more convenient than ever.
2019: The foundation
We are . . .
Accessible | Transparent | Innovative
Accessible | Get expert advice straight from your phone and the products you need direct to your door for a fraction of the clinic price.
Transparent | Receive opinions from impartial dentists who are experts in their field. Their advice is friendly but straight-up. Your dental health is their number one priority.
Innovative | Dental care needs to evolve so everyone can maintain a healthy smile. We're constantly finding new and affordable ways to put you in control of your Dental health.
Dr Aalok Shukla, co-founder and CEO of Instant Dentist™
He started studying medicine, then quickly switched to dentistry, when he realised this was a field in which he could apply his interest in business and tech. After graduating, he worked in a state-of-the-art clinic that gave him first-hand experience of the downsides of standard dentistry – costs were high and appointments didn't fit in with today's busy lifestyle, which meant a few people could achieve the dental health they wanted. Aalok knew that this wasn’t the only way.
He returned to training, learning everything there was to know about minimally invasive dentistry and smile enhancement. And, in 2009, he opened the doors of his own clinic founded on a vision to help more people feel good by providing them with healthy ways to alter their teeth in non-intimidating ways, in a non-intimidating space. The ethos attracted such a huge client base so quickly that the logical next step for Aalok was to make it even more readily available to the world. He researched mobile technologies, 3D printing, scanning developments, AI diagnostics and harnessed these technologies to switch the whole model from in-clinic to at-home under the name Instant Dentist™.
Lucie Marchelot Shukla, co-founder and Managing Director of Instant Dentist™
She’s a trained lawyer and art historian, and is now co-founder and Managing Director of Instant Dentist™. After training as a lawyer in the South of France, she got a coveted place on Christie’s degree programme and landed her dream job at a leading auction house after graduating. But Lucie realised she wanted to combine her lawyerly practicality with her art historian creativity in a business that would meet a modern market need.
She became a partner in Aalok’s clinic and while managing marketing, sales and operations was constantly reminded how important people’s smiles are to them. The same stories kept recurring – dentist visits were time consuming, costly, and generally unpopular. It didn’t fit with people’s fast-paced, modern lifestyles and it wasn’t as affordable as it needed to be for people to access it readily.
With the universal importance of people’s smiles and drawbacks of the current dental health model clear to both her and Aalok, they set out together to create an innovative system that would make dental care more accessible, more modern, more affordable and totally hassle-free. And so, Instant Dentist™ was launched in 2019, giving users quick and easy access to expert dental care at the touch of a button and from the comfort of their own home, or anywhere with an internet connection.
Why take advantage of the Instant Dentist™ at-home system?
No bookings or appointments are required Skip the waiting room and get instant access to expert dental care. With busy, ever-changing schedules, it’s just not realistic anymore to arrange appointments weeks or months in advance. With the Instant Dentist™ app, this hassle has been made easy and convenient. Simply complete the short but comprehensive online consultation steps on your smartphone to receive a dentist’s evaluation and care recommendation within 24-48 hours, depending on the selected consultation format.
No need to worry about missing checkups Everyone has missed an annual checkup by a few weeks, months, or even years. Dental emergencies can happen to anyone, but with Instant Dentist™ they can be avoided easily and affordably. By having your dental checkup done online, your digital dentist is able to keep you up to date on your dental health and flag any potential issues.
Emergency reassurance just a click away Never waste money on harmless dental issues, but also never run the risk of a dental disaster. Check with Instant Dentist first, asking for a specific concern evaluation. You’ll receive professional reassurance right when you need it, no matter where you are, before going into unknown and expensive procedures. Only if you really need to see a dentist for a procedure, you can decide to book one.
Free product shipping to almost anywhere Once your digital dentist recommends a regime specific to your dental care needs, all the required products, devices and appliances can be delivered to you for free, anywhere you are. More exciting features are to come, such as a dental care subscription feature: all the products you need, sent to you when and where you need them.
Years of running our own dental practice taught us a lot about people and their smiles. Some had been hiding their teeth for years, fixated on what they saw as “imperfections”, noticeable usually only to them, but enough to make them hide away their smiles. Others would rather see their GP in case of dental problems - dentists simply aren't the most popular doctors. Additionally, having to schedule appointments so far in advance and sit in waiting rooms for hours just doesn't fit in with today's busy lifestyle, where almost everything else can be done online and immediately.
These are the people who inspired us and they collectively told us what they needed – professional dental care, in less time, for less money, guided by experienced dental professionals, and a simple system for accessing it all that wouldn’t add hassle to their already busy lives. And so, Instant Dentist™ was born.
Our user-centric approach
Instant Dentist™ is an alternative to in-clinic checkups, but it’s in no way DIY. The user simply completes an online consultation by answering questions and seinding in photos/a video of their teeth, alll of which is reviewed and monitored by an experienced dentist. We’ve replaced the need for repeated trips to the dentist with on demand access to dental experts, all products, devices and appliances via the Instant Dentist™ app.
"The online consultation was super quick and easy to follow. It didn't take long to receive my report and I was amazed with the details in the report and the recommendations were completely tailored to suit me - all without the pressure of seeing a dentist!" - Claire
“The difference between my dentist visits and what I get from Instant Dentist is that I get products that are specific to my dental needs. With this 360 report, I’m able to educate myself on how to maintain really good dental health.” - Elza
How it works
Receive a comprehensive personalised analysis of your teeth, gums, enamel and overall smile. The 360 Smile Report, prepared by your allocated digital dentist, will help you precisely understand your unique dental profile and needs.
Specific Concern evaluation
For anyone with a sudden or long standing issue they'd like to discuss. Maybe you’ve been recommended procedures with another dentist and would like a second opinion, or you have a dental emergency and want some advice and reassurance in order to take the next step. Instant Dentist will provide the security you need to make the right decision.
All your dental records on one platform
Conveniently access all of your reports and consultations through the Records tab, so you can track your dental health or review any past consultations. This feature also allows you to upload any other dental records including x-rays and plans from your local dentist to keep everything in one place.
Professional recommended regime
Following your consultation your digital dentist will outline and recommend a specific professional strength regime for you to follow at home to resolve your symptoms or prevent future dental issues.
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