Dr. Maria Claudia Torres is known to be a hardworking and dedicated dentist among her colleagues and patients. Since graduating from the Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia in 1985, she began practicing dentistry. Upon coming to the United States, she authenticated her degree in dentistry at New York University, Institute for Foreign Trained Dentists. She graduated in 1990 and received her license to practice in 1991. Upon receiving her license, she opened up her first private practice. In 1997, she relocated to a new, beautifully renovated office in the heart of Jackson Heights, Queens. The office is currently equipped with the most advanced technologies dentistry has to offer. Dr. Torres is respected as a dentist that will go above and beyond to help her patients. She continues to push her educational boundaries in order to offer more help and more treatments. Between the years 2000 and 2006, she completed courses in Orthodontics in order to treat patients with the malocclusion of the jaw and teeth alignment. In 2004, she picked up an interest in studying the disorder of the temporomandibular joint and enrolled in New York University College of Dentistry, TMD and Orofacial Pain Hospital-based Academic and clinical training. During the following years, she studied abroad in South America and Central America, opening up her boundaries and learning from foreign dentists about the diagnosis and treatment of cranio-facial pain, TMJ, and bruxism. In 2009, Dr. Torres received an award from the Dental Society of Queens for obtaining more than 1500 hours of continued education in dentistry.
Dr. Torres continued her education in temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). She attended more courses on how to diagnose and prevent TMD and began practicing on her patients and educating them on TMD and its symptoms. She attended conferences and courses on the latest technology to help treat TMD, such as BioPAK. Dr. Torres also began studying sleep apnea and how it relates to oral health. In 2009, Dr. Torres met the criteria required to receive a distinguished award which included spending five years treating head, neck, and craniofacial pain and TMJ disorders, continuing education credits in the field, two recommendation letters from sponsors and the successful completion of rigorous written and oral examinations. In 2010, she was Distinguished Fellowship from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. In 2014, Dr. Torres received a Diplomat from the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Torres concern is not only her patient’s oral health; but their overall health as well. She takes the time to explain to patients how the human body may have different organs and structures with different functions, but each function is somehow related to one another. A single visit to Dr. Torres will help any patient understand how their oral health affects their heart, lungs, liver, and any other joint or organ in the human body. Patients appreciate Dr. Torres heartwarming persona and her willingness to help anyone who walks into her office.