Meet Dr. Torres
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.
2000 Mid- America Orthodontic Society, Post- Graduate Course Orthodontic Success Program, Florida
2003-2004 Light Force America, Light Orthodontics Force, New Jersey
2004-2005 New York University College of Dentistry, TMD & Orofacial Pain Hospital- based Academic & Clinical training, New York
2005-2006 Light Force America, Light Orthodontics Force, New Jersey
2007 A.A.C.P. & G.E.-J.A.L. Scientific Conference: New Concepts of Diagnostic and Treatment in TMJ Pathologies, Argentina, S.A.
2008 Diego Portales University, Craneo-Facial Pain, TMJ & Bruxism, Chile, S.A.
2009 Biometric Diagnostic in Dentistry, Diagnosis & Treatment of Occlusal Disorders, Costa Rica, C.A.
2009 Bio Research Association, BioPak Certification Exam, Wyoming
2009-2010 American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, Mini Residency in Craniofacial Pain and TMD, Texas
2014 Diplomate from the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine
Distinguished Fellowship from American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
Dr. Torres met the criteria required to receive this distinguished award in 2009 which included spending five years treating head, neck, and craniofacial pain and TMJ disorders, 1500 hours of continuing education credits in the field, two recommendation letters from sponsors and the successful completion of rigorous written and oral examinations.
American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
International Association for Orthodontics
Academy of General Dentistry
Spanish American Medical Dental Society of New York
Hispanic Dental Association
American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
IN THE PRESS
On December 23, 2010
The reputable newspaper "El Tiempo" published an interview with Dr. Maria C. Torres on important facts about Temporomandibular Disorder and Craniofacial Pain.