By Cheryl Ricer | Photos by Karen McConaughey
The Space City Orthodontics tagline is “We Make Houston Smile,” and Dr. Vijay Bhagia is known to his patients and throughout the city as the “Smile Doctor”— not without reason. Since 2001, Dr. Bhagia, a board certified orthodontist, has crafted more than 15,000 smiles in the greater Houston area. Now that number will include many more in Cypress, where Space City Orthodontics has opened its new office at Lakeland Village Center.
“We have developed a modern office in a fun, welcoming environment in the heart of Bridgeland,” said Dr. Bhagia, “and we have a team that cares deeply about the community. Volunteering at the schools and other community events is at the core of best practices for our entire staff.”
With thousands of happy patients who have been treated like family and more than 22 years of experience, Dr. Bhagia’s proficiency and expertise is unmatched in the area. From the first visit, your needs and concerns are valued, and a treatment plan is tailored to develop your unique smile.
“I really enjoy getting to know patients individually,” said Dr. Bhagia, “to understand their humanity as well as their insecurities, so I can give them a smile that will restore their confidence. My job as an orthodontist is not only aesthetic; it is to help preserve teeth. Straight teeth are much easier to clean and maintain. My goal is to get your teeth in the best spot for functionality so you can keep them all your life. There is nothing better than eating with your own teeth even in your old age.”
Dr. Bhagia’s patients receive all this excellence at an affordable price. The office is in-network with PPO insurances, and they offer zero interest in-house financing. As well, fees are all inclusive, which means there is no extra charge if you encounter broken brackets or retainers.
Space City Orthodontics is a big proponent of dental technology. When it’s time for X-rays, patients enjoy the precision of the 3D cone beam CT, where patients and parents can see what’s happening to their teeth on a big screen and get the assurance of a highly precise diagnosis.
“We also use 3D scanners to gain digital models of our patients’ teeth,” explained Dr. Bhagia. “This way we don’t have to deal with those outdated, uncomfortable, and gooey dental impressions anymore.”
Each braces patient at Space City Orthodontics is initially diagnosed with digital custom braces. First, your teeth are scanned, so that your individual smile can be perfectly designed. Using AI, Dr. Bhagia will place the braces virtually, allowing him to treat your teeth in the quickest and most convenient way with the most predictable outcomes and
Smile improvement is regulated with the use of weekly virtual monitoring, called Dental monitoring, an app that utilizes AI to identify how things are progressing. Via the app, patient and doctor receive weekly updates and can communicate with each other. Patients can book or modify appointments via the app — a convenience that saves everyone time and energy.
Dr. Bhagia is in the top 1% of Invisalign providers worldwide, and Space City Orthodontics patients have the option of Invisalign over traditional braces at no additional charge.
“I have been using Invisalign in my practice for 22 years,” said Dr. Bhagia, “and I’ve treated over 6,000 Invisalign cases to date, so I’m experienced in treating all complexities. I am an Invisalign Diamond Plus provider, the highest rank achievable. For the past seven years, I’ve been privileged to be a part of the Invisalign Global Faculty where I’ve taught Invisalign treatment to other doctors and dental students from everywhere in the world.”
Dr. Bhagia additionally served as director of the board for the Texas Association of Orthodontists (TAO).
Patients at Space City Orthodontics have the option of availing their Lifetime Retainer Assurance program as protection for the investment in their smile.
Aside from being an expert orthodontist, Dr. Bhagia is a family man. His greatest joy is being a husband, father, son, and brother. He can often be found cheering his son playing tennis or hitting golf balls with his daughter. And he wants you to get to know him as the Smile Doctor and a family friend.
“We have thousands of satisfied patients as well as parents that can attest to the care and professionalism of our staff,” said Dr. Bhagia. “So much so that a very significant percentage of our referrals come from past patients. We are very fortunate to have received that kind of love, and we look forward to earning the same kind of affection from the Cypress community.”
To get your best and brightest smile, visit SpaceCityOrtho.com.
“ I really enjoy getting to know patients individually to understand their humanity as well as their insecurities, so I can give them a smile that will restore their confidence. My job as an orthodontist is not only aesthetic; it is to help preserve teeth. Straight teeth are much
easier to clean and maintain. My goal is to get your teeth in the best spot for functionality so you can keep them all your life. There is nothing better than eating with your own teeth even in your old age.”
– Dr. Bhagia
10527 Fry Road, Suite C3-200
Cypress, Texas 77433
(281) 286-8945 | SpaceCityOrtho.com