We Invest In You

We want to see you succeed in all aspects of your life! LaFerla Orthodontics offers the opportunity to win scholarships for current and former patients. See Patient Forms to fill out an application!

Welcome to LaFerla Ortho

Comprehensive care in a fun environment!

LaFerla Ortho is fun for the whole family! Dr. Michael R. LaFerla and his team love to see you smile and provide the most advanced and comfortable orthodontic treatment! Since 1999, we have been proud to serve the Joplin/Pittsburg area.

What makes LaFerla Ortho special?


Our doctor utilizes in the highest quality of orthodontics to give you a smile that will last forever. In addition to braces for children, teens, and adults, we also offer Invisalign® clear aligners and Damon® Smile self-ligating braces! We use proven methods and techniques that will give you a beautiful smile and a comfortable orthodontic experience.

Customer Service

We have a really fun practice! From our games and movies in the reception room to our Patient Appreciation Party and contests, we’re always having a good time with our patients and families! We also have free WiFi for parents in our lobby and friendly staff that are ready to answer any question.

Dr. LaFerla and our talented team have the experience and passion to give your family a positive and relaxing experience. We truly care about our patients and are willing to go the extra mile to make sure you feel great about your care. Our doctors are even available 24/7 for emergencies.

Great orthodontic care is centered on the needs of each patient as an individual. That’s why our doctors like to see children between the ages of seven and nine years old to assess jaw growth and development as well as eruption. Sometimes, early intervention can improve orthodontic results and may decrease treatment time.

Community Service

We love our patients and are very involved in our community. Our doctor and staff sponsor many local groups, charities, and fundraisers. We even travel to local schools to talk to kids about having healthy smiles! We also provide college scholarships to current and former patients through our annual Michael R. LaFerla Ortho Team Scholarship.

Contact our Joplin orthodontic office to schedule your complimentary evaluation. We’ll perform a simple oral exam to determine which orthodontic treatment is best for you. We’ll chat with you about the process and answer any questions you or your child may have. Give us a call today!

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