What Sets Us Apart


Since the very beginning of his practice, Dr. LaFerla has made quality results his number-one priority. He is the first lifetime board-certified orthodontist in Joplin. As a sign of that quality, Joplin-area dentists have voted Dr. LaFerla the best orthodontist in Joplin every year since the Top Dentist Awards have been given.

Customer Service

In addition to quality treatment, LaFerla Ortho focuses on being responsive and proactive to our customers’ needs on a daily basis. As a result, LaFerla Ortho has been recognized by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce as Small Business of the Year, as well as received the Outstanding Health Care office award from the Joplin Business Journal. And was recently voted Joplin Globe's "Best Orthodontist" by our community.


LaFerla Ortho is on the cutting edge of all new orthodontic techniques to make your treatment results better and more comfortable with less-frequent visits and in some cases faster treatment time. Dr. LaFerla regularly attends three to four times the required continuing education to keep up on all the new techniques and information available for his patients.

He was the first Invisalign®-certified doctor in SW Missouri and is the only doctor to have earned the Platinum Provider designation by Invisalign in the Joplin area.


LaFerla Ortho is an integral part of Joplin and the surrounding community. Dr. LaFerla grew up here and believes it is important to give back to the community. As part of that philosophy, LaFerla Ortho sponsors numerous area events, including a college scholarship program. As a result of his time and dedication, Dr. LaFerla has been recognized as an outstanding alumnus of Missouri Southern State University.


Dr. LaFerla is a leader in the dental profession and the Joplin community. He previously served as a trustee representing the Southwest Missouri Dental Society at the Missouri Dental Association meeting quarterly in Jefferson City. He was twice the President of the Missouri Ortho Society. He has served as the president of the Southwest Missouri Dental Society and the Missouri Orthodontic Association. In addition, he has served on the boards of numerous community organizations. He currently serves on the board of the Joplin Area Catholic schools and is the Director for the state of Missouri to the Midwest Society of Orthodontists.


LaFerla Ortho shares our faith in a higher power. We start every day with a prayer and play Christian-based music as part of that philosophy. We have taken that faith outside the office and donated time and energy to many causes, including a recent trip to Jamaica to serve at an orphanage.

You, your son or daughter is special, so choose the best specialist to design that smile you have always wanted. Oral health is an integral part of a healthy body. Have confidence in your choice with LaFerla Ortho.

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