This year brings a new beginning. As Dr. Burgess retires, you will notice a few changes at our office. 

We are now Smiles By Dr. Chai, and Dr. Chaitra Arakere (“Dr. Chai ”) is now the leader of our practice. Yet, we are as committed as we have ever been to maintaining healthy smiles and improving the oral health of families and individuals in and around The Woodlands, TX.

Dr. Chai joined our practice last summer, and many of you have already gotten to meet her. You have learned firsthand how skilled she is. Dr. Burgess is excited to hand the reigns to someone with the same dedication that he has for providing the highest quality dental care to her patients.

If you haven’t met Dr. Chai yet, we encourage you to make an appointment soon. Call 281-367-5900 to visit the new Smiles By Dr. Chai!

A Doctor With Heart

Dr. Chai’s interest in medical care and specifically dentistry took root at a very young age. As a child, she witnessed how a dentist calmed a patient who had swollen gums and a toothache and skillfully alleviated those problems.

Due to her own sense of compassion, this instilled a desire to become a dentist. Dr. Chai puts her heart and soul into patient care because she wants everyone to feel valued. She knows that building lifelong relationships comes from helping her patients to enjoy the confidence that comes with a healthy and beautiful smile.

Dr. Chai loves how dental care combines the benefits of art and science to achieve patients’ dental goals. That is reflected in how she approaches each person as an individual deserving of the best care that she always provides. 

A Doctor With Skill

Dr. Chai’s passion for dentistry and compassion for her patients is only part of what makes her an exceptional dentist. She also has proven skills to make your smile dreams come true.

She has decades of experience providing comprehensive cosmetic and family dentistry. She has been recognized in national publications and received numerous accolades during her dental career. These include the 2014 Outstanding Performance and Leadership (OPAL) Award and the 2014 Dentist Leader of the Year (voted on by her peers). She also was the official 2016 Ambassador for the Oral Cancer Foundation because of her efforts to raise awareness of this disease and for her concern about public health in her community. 

Dr. Chai maintains a desire to improve her knowledge and skills. As a lifelong student, she constantly working to enhance her clinical skills by learning about ever-evolving dental technologies and techniques. Because of this, she has received certificates in many areas of dental care, including: 

  • Dental Implants
  • Digital Smile Design
  • Invisalign
  • Sleep Apnea Treatment

And Dr. Chai is always looking to learn more for the sake of her patients.

Continuing a Legacy

Dr. Burgess has long-term ties to our community. When looking for someone to take over his practice, he wanted to ensure that his patients continued to receive outstanding dental care. He considered a number of dentists, and he was convinced that Dr. Chai was the perfect person to take his place. 

She is highly qualified, is knowledgeable of all phases of dentistry, and has a wonderful chairside manner. Dr. Chai is an active member of multiple professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Greater Houston Dental Society, and the Texas Dental Association. Dr. Chai is working toward Fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry as well. 

Dr. Chai and her husband, Suda, live in The Woodlands with their two beautiful teenagers, Surya and Sitara, who keep them busy with their many activities. Dr. Chai enjoys hiking, weight training, healthy cooking, and juicing.  Plus, she is an avid art lover.

This year, you should get to know Dr. Chai and the rest of our amazing dental team in The Woodlands, TX. Contact us online or call 281-367-5900 to request your appointment at Smiles By Dr. Chai. Come see us soon!