Meet Dr. John McDonald


A second-generation orthodontist, Dr. John grew up in Salem and graduated from South Salem High School. He attended OHSU to earn his dental degree, then served as an officer in the US Army for four years. There, he completed a dental residency and served in both Korea and Germany. After returning to the States, Dr. John completed an additional two years of specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania to become an orthodontist. Today, Dr. John is one of the few board-certified orthodontists in the area. He is proud to be able to continue the practice his father, Dr. Terry McDonald, opened decades before.

If you’re looking for an experienced orthodontist who’s passionate about his craft, and who loves the Salem area and its people, you’ve found him. Dr. John welcomes you and your family to McDonald Orthodontics.


Welcome to McDonald Orthodontics

Welcome to McDonald Orthodontics in Keizer and Salem, OR. At our office, you’ll experience state-of-the-art orthodontic care, provided by Dr. John McDonald and our warm, friendly staff. We believe in professionalism with a strong emphasis on fun!

Dr. John has been part of the Salem community for decades, so he’s your neighbor as well as your orthodontist. At your first appointment, he will take time to learn about what you want to achieve. He’ll then create a unique treatment plan—one that works well with your family’s goals, time, and finances.

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Treatments We Provide

Our top concerns are your comfort, smile needs, and clinical requirements. We look forward to getting to know you and your child and creating a smile plan specifically for you.


We provide state-of-the-art orthodontic care in a compassionate, fun-filled environment.

Dr. John McDonald and our team members are attentive to the individual needs and goals of each person in our care. We work one-to-one with each patient and their family to find the treatment solutions to create healthy, confident, and beautiful smiles.

What people are saying


The BEST Service and Results

We highly recomment Dr. McDonald! He and his WONDERFUL staff have been terrific with our kids over the years! The BEST service and results! Thank you all so much!

Tina – Keizer, OR


Dr. McDonald is so methodical and wise

I’ve used McDonald Orthodontics for my three children and now myself. Dr. McDonald is so methodical and wise, it’s really more important than you realize to get the right orthodontist. We have had such a wonderful 5 years with this practice.

Sebrina Gridley



I have been going to McDonald Orthodontics for 18 years!! Why?? All three of my kids went to McDonalds starting in 2001. Today was my youngest child’s last visit. Will miss all the staff at McDonald’s. If your child needs braces then McDonald’s is he place you need to take them. A+++++++++++ thank you for everything McDonald’s staff.

Dwayne O. Nowlin



Professional, thorough and friendly.

Naomi – Salem, OR


Everyone there is AWESOME!!

We enjoy very much coming into the office. Our son is a kiddo that needs to know what is going to happen to him or what happens next and everyone always takes the extra five minutes to explain this to him. Everyone there is AWESOME!!

Anne – Salem, OR