Dr. R. Bruce McFarlane


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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 41 reviews. Dr. R. Bruce McFarlane has an excellent overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Orthodontist-related: dental braces, invisalign
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RID: 5564011
16/06/14 5 5 5 5 Was referred to Dr. McFarlane by my dentist for Orthodontic work. Being older, I was somewhat apprehensive about the whole process. While treatment was approximately 20 months, I found Dr. McFarlane and his staff to be friendly, courteous, and extremely helpful and knowledgeable throughout. The results were beyond my expectations and I would highly recommend Dr. McFarlane to anyone.  Respond
RID: 5336427
08/04/14 4 3 5 5 Dr. McFarlane is terrific, extremely knowledgeable and, as he says when he introduces himself, a perfectionist. This worked to my advantage, because we ran into a few surprises during my orthodontic treatment. Dr. McFarlane supported me wholeheartedly throughout (especially in terms of getting surgery re-scheduled) and researched alternative materials to keep my allergic reactions manageable. I was also regularly amazed at how relatively little pain I experienced over the course of the 2 1/2 years of treatment. The front desk staff are wonderful and typically very friendly (Sara was especially good), and the technicians are consistently excellent in terms of their work. My only criticism is that the technicians could be a bit friendlier when they first greet patients. All in all, I would highly recommend Dr. McFarlane (and already have) to anyone, and particularly adults, needing orthodontic treatment.  Respond
RID: 5324883
03/04/14 5 5 5 5 Dr McFarlane is an amazing orthodontist! A friend reccomended him since I decided to get braces as an adult and he made the experience exciting and comfortable as possible. His staff is polite considerate and always there to help and answer any questions. Dr McFarlane went above and beyond as an orthodontist. He is pleasant, trustworthy, and always contacted me back quickly if I called or emailed him about anything. I had incognito braces which were perfect because noone could even tell I had braces. I recently got my braces removed and am so happy with the results, I love to smile now. I highly recommed him! Thank you Dr McFarlane you gave me an incredible smile that I can have confidence about!  Respond
RID: 5312449
27/03/14 5 4 5 5 I am currently on the "Braces Journey" with Dr. McFarlane and his staff. The experience so far has been terrific! Dr. McFarlane has a welcoming and warm manner and is eager to accommodate in any way he can. As a patient I never feel rushed or unimportant - exactly the opposite! Staff are friendly, the office environment is relaxing and professional, and the care has been exemplary to this point. For the majority of my treatment, my attending dental assistant has been Jenn. She has been outstanding! Her manner with patients, her professionalism, and her technical capabilities are second to none. As someone who doesn't love going to dentists, each appointment I look forward to seeing Jenn, knowing that I am in excellent care. Thank you, Jenn!  Respond
RID: 3630281
11/12/13 5 5 5 5 Bruce and his team create a warm friendly and inviting atmosphere. As an adult wearing braces and going through jaw surgery he kept me informed throughout the process and before /i knew it the braces were off and it was over. I am pleased with the outcome. My daughter was also treated by Bruce and his team and she now smiles like a star! She also had to undo some gum surgery which went very well!! Thanks Bruce.  Respond
17/11/13 SYSTEM: location removed: Los Angeles, CA 
17/11/13 SYSTEM: new location added: Beverly Hills, CA 
17/11/13 SYSTEM: new location added: Los Angeles, CA 
RID: 2717716
24/07/13 5 5 5 5 Excellent results from the dr McFarlane team. I am very happy with my 'new' teeth. The team is very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. I trust so much in the service that I will be bringing my son to see him. 
Paid (or co-pay): $2500
RID: 2691744
22/06/13 5 5 5 5 I found this orthodontists office team to be extremely professional with fantastic chair side manners making me feel very comfortable. The end result was beautiful straight teeth for me and a recommendation to Dr. McFarlane and his team.  Respond
RID: 2665460
29/05/13 5 5 5 5 Myself/Brother had him when we were younger and now my oldest has him and we love the service and how everything turned out! 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 2662959
26/05/13 5 5 5 5 AWESOME!!! Both of my children received beautiful smiles on account of Dr. Bruce's expertise!!! We saw another Ortho prior to Dr. Bruce. Dr. Bruce was so accommodating with the cost for having 2 teenage kids in braces at once (something that Ortho #1 didn't do!!) THANK YOU for this!!! We were always warmly greeted by his helpful staff - and Dr. Bruce with his loud, warm Hellos and laughter that can be heard from the waiting room. Never did we have to wait as he is very punctual. I would highly recommend Dr. Bruce and his staff to anyone -- and I always do!!! Thank you for making our ortho experience a very positive one, Dr. Bruce. Keep up the GREAT WORK, team!!! We will miss you as our last visit is this June. A beautiful smile is the first thing somebody sees when they meet you -- my kids are using theirs everyday!!! Keep on smiling!!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!! 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 2178316
31/05/12 5 5 5 5 Just over a year ago, my daughter had an unfortunate accident resulting in the loss of several teeth. This happened a few weeks after Dr. McFarlane removed her braces. Image our trauma and distress! Ever helpful and optimistic, Dr. McFarlane became the anchor, helping to refer and co-ordinate the tests, appointments, and communications between the specialists. Bruce was exceptional answering all of my questions, and certainly went above and beyond what was expected. His staff, particularly the receptionists are always friendly and accommodating. Many thanks to all.  Respond
RID: 1701605
01/02/12 5 5 5 5 I could not imagine a better process, with any better people. All of the staff were World Class!  Respond
RID: 1505445
05/08/11 5 5 5 5 I have had braces before and this was definatly a way better experience!! Dr.McFarlane and his staff are very freindly and are always willing to take the time to explain or answer any questions you may have. Dr.McFarlanes positive attitude and always smiling face made me feel comfortable and appreciated as a patient.He definatly knows his stuff and what he has to do to get you that perfect smile. I would highly recomend Dr.McFarlane and his team to anyone entering the wonderful world of braces for extremely positive and satisfying results!!  Respond
RID: 1503362
03/08/11 5 4 4 5 Dr McFarlane seems very knowledgable. He has been great about answering my questions via email and also in person. It's a busy office, but the staff always takes time to answer questions. 
Paid (or co-pay): $5800
RID: 1503276
03/08/11 5 5 5 5 Bruce is an amazing orthodontist and a great guy! He is ahead of the game when it comes to orthodontic work compared to any other doctor in Winnipeg. What many doctors said they couldn't do (fix my jaw and avoid a very serious surgery), he did do, with optimism and a smile. I would recommend Bruce to absolutely anyone in need of an orthodontist. These negative comments are unbelievable, must be the same person over and over again because I legitimately cannot see anyone disliking Bruce, his staff, or his work!  Respond
RID: 1428460
29/04/11 5 5 5 5 2 years ago i walked into the office of Dr. Mcfarlane. The first thing i noticed was the reception staff, they were very friendly and they had great smiles. After a consultation with Dr. M, i decided to jump on board with Orthodontic treatment. Every time i came in for an adjustment it was a great experience. It didn't take long to see that everyone of his staff always seemed to be in great moods and actually enjoying their day at work. Yesterday morning was my big day and i got my braces off, when i look back now i realize how much i didn't like my smile. Now i can't stop showing it off. After leaving the office i came back at the end of the day to pick up and check the fit of my retainer and although i was happy to get my braces off, i knew that i was going to miss coming in for those "adjustments". I'm going to miss seeing "Bruce's Angels". Of all the Ortho's in the city i'm not sure how or why i picked his, what i do know is looking back i'm sure glad i did. They're truly the best  Respond
RID: 1413170
11/04/11 5 5 5 5 Excellent and top notch all the way. Dr. McFarlane is genuine, caring and extremely competent. The staff are all pleasant and helpful. The setting is lovely and very convenient with ample parking, and the wait times are almost nonexistant. Can't say enough good things. Great results too, in the time line promised!  Respond
RID: 1325886
03/01/11 5 5 5 5 I completely disagree with the previous 2 ratings! Dr. McFarlane and his staff are very well trained, very competent and are exceptionally personable. I spend half of a day driving for my children to see Dr. McFarlane and it is well worth it! They are very accommodating when it comes to making appointments are never rude and always take the time to make you feel welcome. My kids tell everyone "that office rocks", they love to go there and very rarely feel any discomfort after their appointments. My kids had a mess of teeth all over the place and now they smile all the time. There have been no hidden costs and all my questions have been answered to my satisfaction. Yes Dr. McFarlane is busy, and there is a reason why, he is an exceptional orthodontist and obviously in demand. I also find it very impressive that he gives so much back to others through his Humanitarian efforts. Keep up the great work Dr. McFarlane and your staff!  Respond
RID: 1273386
17/10/10 4 4 1 1 I am surprised by all of the rave reviews here. I was very disappointed with my final results and overall treatment at this office. I paid for Invisalign after Dr. McFarlane explained the virtues of this “invisible” treatment and the excellent results he had had with it. When it didn’t work, he said that, yes, Invisalign often didn’t work well for rotation because the product didn’t get a proper handle on the teeth. It was very clear that my teeth needed rotation. I then wore braces for six painful months. When the braces came off, my teeth still weren’t straight. In fact, my bottom teeth were more crooked than they were before.  See Responses
RID: 1256611
22/09/10 4 3 1 1 Dr. McFarlane will tell you what you want to hear to get you in the door and to get your money. You will have a good experience if you overlook the fact that your teeth are being worked on by a trainee while he counts your money. You are paying for the veneer of professionalism but just get a bunch of young, inexperienced girls (he inexplicably does not hire males) while he meets you for a moment for a handshake. It is all very well orchestrated and fake. When you do get the chance to speak to him, he is horribly inconsistent in his advice (which makes me worry about my treatment). After payment, you will be rushed out of the office. Besides a pathetic video they make you watch, they provide you with NO information unless you specifically request it. Even then, you'd be lucky if him or his staff gave you correct info. He's definitely a better salesman than he is an orthodontist. You're paying for the packaging. I ended up going to one of the many other qualified orthos in the city. 
Paid (or co-pay): $8000
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RID: 1226192
10/08/10 5 5 5 5 Dr McFarlane is one of the best Dr's I have ever come across. He made me feel memorable, special, and gave me his 100% attention while he was seeing me. I would recommend him to anyone. I am 28yrs old and have recommended him for children and 50yr old people. I think he is the cats pajamas :) 
Paid (or co-pay): $5500
RID: 1182257
03/06/10 5 5 5 5 Unbelievable doctor, almost too optimistic but in a good way. Knows his way around a mouth and jaw and is a super friendly great guy.  Respond
RID: 1178398
28/05/10 3 3 1 1 I do not get it.All these rave reviews?I find him too expensive for the level of care you get.  Respond
RID: 1161116
02/05/10 5 5 5 5 The best orthodontist in the city by far! Dr. McFarlane is so passionate about orthodontics, he gives 1000% to his patients. He also teaches orthodontics internationally and is a mentor. Staff are wonderful and the office is spectacular (plus really good parking). My daughter is under his care and we are so pleased with her treatment and results so far. In my opinion, the greatest gift you can give your child..the best smile and Dr. McFarlane will do it, highly recommend him.  Respond
RID: 1134753
23/03/10 5 5 5 5 Dr. McFarlane and his staff are fantastic. It is well worth the 2 hour drive to take my children there.  Respond
RID: 1128078
15/03/10 5 5 5 5 I have now been to three orthodontists in two different provinces and Dr. McFarlane is by far the best. He is knowledgeable, helpful, and extremely attentive to every detail. I would highly recommend this orthodontist!  Respond
RID: 1034879
16/11/09 5 4 5 5 He's always in a great mood, and clearly loves what he's doing. My experience was wonderful. He knew right away what his plan of action was and I never encountered any problems, either with the staff, or the care that I received. A very positive experience, all around.  Respond
RID: 990437
18/09/09 5 5 5 5 I'm an "older" female adult who has just had braces put on my teeth for the first time in my life. I have been treated with the utmost respect by a very kind, well informed and well qualified team of professionals.... from the moment I walked through the door. Dr. McFarlane is pleasant, fun, reassuring and very obviously a leader in his field! I'm expecting a very positive outcome!  Respond
RID: 904919
04/06/09 5 5 5 5 Dr. McFarlane and his staff are exceptional; the cream of the crop. He isn't even our child's orthodontist but I had some serious concerns the night prior to her getting braces. I emailed his office and then I Facebooked him. Within just a few hours, I had gotten responses from Dr. McFarlane himself and two of his staff! He is highly dedicated to his work but moreso, his patients. Everything you read about him is true ~ he is a kind, thoughtful, and dedicated man who is the epitome of professionalism and compassion.  Respond
RID: 818732
07/03/09 4 4 5 5 I am pleased with my treatment and how it is going. Dr McFarlane is good at what he does. He is very kind, knowlegable,caring and a good listener. The office is nice, most of the time I get in when I am supposed to, and his staff are friendly, and for the most part professional. I feel that some don't dress very professional for an office. Most of the staff do, but I don't think I need to go to my dentist and see boobies in a low cut shirt. I can go to a night club to see that. All in all, nice orthodontist that knows his stuff.  Respond
RID: 690468
24/09/08 5 4 4 4 Dr. McFarlane treated me extremely good throughout the two years I had braces, and despite my sour attitude towards the occupation/braces, he made an effort. A wonderful person.  Respond
RID: 626305
28/06/08 5 5 5 5 Truly the best in the city.DR M treats his patients very well.He is a perfectionist and spends quality time each patient requires.I can spot his patients ...there is a signiture smile about the Dr M smile that is Fabulous!!His staff are all well trained and friendly and the office is beautiful...a bonus is Dr M is also very cute!!  Respond
RID: 606036
03/06/08 4 4 2 4 I found Dr. McFarlanes staff to be helpful and very kind. Very nice office space and equipment. I feel for the amount of money I am spending I get very little time, I sometimes feel rushed & aggravated due to this.  Respond
RID: 602835
31/05/08 5 5 5 5 It was my second ecperence with an ortho. I am very happy with the way i am being treated. Very patient and thorough.  Respond
RID: 467589
18/12/07 5 4 5 5 The entire staff including Dr. McPharlane seem truly happy to be there. Dr. M must be treating them well as it shows in moral!  Respond
RID: 415144
20/09/07 5 5 5 5 Entertaining doc plus my son asks to go there so he can play the video games in reception.  Respond
RID: 316078
11/05/07 2 2 2 Would not take my son here again. Expensive and feel like I am paying for his office fountains.  Respond
RID: 246425
30/03/07 5 5 5 AWESOME! He and his staff are a cut above the rest. It's a team environment that makes an office turn into a pleasing environment to be in. Dr. McFarlane is fabulous at what he does. He actually makes going to the Dr. fun!  Respond
RID: 213207
19/03/07 5 5 5 When our son needed Braces we referred to him by our dentist. He is wonderfully and his staff is great. His office is amazing!!! We are very pleased with his work!  Respond
RID: 186203
12/03/07 3 5 5 Dr. McFarlane was my second orthodontist after having a very bad first experience when I was younger. He was completely wonderful and quite hilarious so my second time around with braces so much more pleasant. I actually miss going to my appointments! He was always very picky with his work so my teeth looked great when the braces came off. He really knows what he's doing and it was comforting to know that he actually teaches some courses at U of M! I highly recommend him! The rest of the staff was great as well!  Respond
RID: 139815
13/02/07 5 5 5 We appreciate Dr. McFarlane and his staff. They are caring and efficient and knowledgeable.We also appreciate Dr. McFarlane's sense of humor, and way of putting people at ease. He takes time to listen to your concerns and give you the information you need.  Respond
RID: 62920
05/12/06 5 5 5 I LOVE Dr. McFarlane!!! He is soooo kind and thoughtful, and good looking to boot!! This man knows what he's doing. He makes the whole braces thing a pleasant experience. Highly recommended!!  Respond
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