Dental Orthotic (MAGO) Therapy

At Chittenden Dental we care about your overall health and we want to help you feel good. We do this by approaching your treatment with a more comprehensive mentality, starting with your jaw joints first. When your bite is built from a stable jaw joint position, it allows your airway, muscles and teeth, to all function normally. This leads to optimal long term health and improved quality of life. We accomplish this by using dental orthotics as the first line treatment.

What is Dental Orthotic Therapy?

At Chittenden Dental we use a specialized dental orthotic called a MAGO

MAGO is an acronym.

Maxillary (upper jaw)
Anterior (front teeth)
Guided (to guide)
Orthotic (orthpedic stabilizing appliance)

The MAGO is a dental orthotic, custom designed to allow your jaw joints to function in the optimal way: providing orthopedic stability for your head and neck, through your teeth.

MAGO treatment is a non-invasive therapeutic process used to facilitate a diagnosis of your entire chewing system.

For this therapy to be effective, your MAGO must be worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including when eating. A series of appointments are involved to adjust the MAGO allowing the jaw joints to ‘go home’ and return to their physiologic position. Because each person is unique, the course of therapy can be 3 months or more.

After you are diagnosed with a MAGO we can help offer you stable, long term and definitive treatment that can improve your health and esthetics.

Mago is not a disease it is a therapy


MAGO therapy is both treatment and diagnosis

Once the jaw joint has been stabilized, a final diagnosis and treatment options can be discussed. Close monitoring during therapy is essential to the success of achieving orthopedic stability for your head and neck, through your teeth and into your jaw joints. MAGO wear is not intended for unsupervised long term 24-hour wear. If definitive treatment is not possible for you at this time, the MAGO can be used part time during sleep to protect your chewing system.


Care of your MAGO:

You will be given an appliance brush for cleaning your orthotic. Do not touch your teeth together when cleaning your MAGO or while brushing your teeth. You may choose to do a weekly soak in a denture cleaner to keep it fresh and stain free. We will also clean it for you when you come in for your adjustments. Please avoid any non-dental cleaners and do not put into the dishwasher. You will be given a case for storage when not wearing it.

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What our Patients Say


Very friendly dentist and hygienist. Modern equipment and up-to-date procedures. I highly recommend Chittenden Dental.
Richard M.


I had my first appointment in years with Chittenden Dental today. I have a phobia of dentists and everyone was so kind and patient while working with me. I never felt shamed or scared while I was there. I feel confident in the plan we have made going forward. If you have struggled to get to the dentist (or are just looking for a new dentist) this is a great place to go. 
Jenn C.


Sweetest staff who talked me through every part of my visit and taught me so much about my dental health, preventative health, and so much more. I’m not a big fan of the dentist, like many, but this team made me feel no judgment for asking questions and wanting to learn more!
Alexa C.
Burlington Vermont Dentist


Contact us today for outstanding dental care and find out why our patients are the most important part of our day.


Our purpose is to listen to our patients, so together, we can achieve ideal outcomes. We will provide care in a comfortable environment, which supports lifelong friendships.

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258 Pearl Street, Burlington, VT 05401