Meet Dr. Bhatia
Dr. Bhatia’s journey to become an Orthodontist began as a shy 16-year-old teenager with crooked teeth. Too afraid to smile, Dr. Bhatia hid in the shadows and worked hard to try to disappear until her mother finally took her to an Orthodontist. As her teeth got straighter, her confidence grew and her world began to open up. Recognizing the change that orthodontics was effecting in her life, Dr. Bhatia told her Orthodontist “Someday I will be like you!”
Dr. Bhatia’s “AH HA” moment of the impact of orthodontic care to change lives was equaled only with the achievement of her Orthodontic Specialty Degree from Louisiana State University. This followed after her completion of a specialty degree in Pediatric Dentistry and Dental school from Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Bhatia had a passion for the role of preventive orthodontics and felt that her dual specialty degrees would well equip her to help those children that could benefit from an orthopedic intervention before a corrective orthodontic phase. Finally Dr. Bhatia had created the platform she had prayed and worked for: to help change lives by creating new smiles and effect lifelong change through early treatment.
Dr. Bhatia has also worked diligently to perfect her skills with the Invisalign® modality. This has earned her the coveted Invisalign® Elite Provider, awarded to only 1% of the orthodontists in the nation.
“Invisalign® is not a product that is ordered off a shelf. It has customized prescription built into it and the skill of the prescribing orthodontist will determine the quality of the end result. I remember my late teens in metal braces and wished there was a less visible way to straighten my teeth. Well now there is…Teens and adults can now straighten their teeth without interrupting their lives…with clear aligners that are removable for social events… and if some people think that takes too long, there are now several FDA approved methods to accelerate orthodontic treatment and reduce the total treatment time by 40%-60% so there can be no more excuses to not have the smile you have always dreamed of.”
— Dr. Bhatia.
Dr. Bhatia has been practicing Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics since 2000. Her Maui journey began in 2006 when she founded Kihei Orthodontics and Lahaina Orthodontics. In March of 2017, she relocated her orthodontic office to Wailuku to be more centrally located for all Maui residents.
When she is not “Building Smiles,” you can find Dr. Bhatia kayaking or taking long walks on the beach with her husband, Jon, and her two labs.
“I am grateful for the platform God has given me, and for the community that rewards me with their trust and confidence.”
– Dr. Bhatia