Faculty and Staff, Orthodontics, Research

Orthodontics Faculty Research Paper Wins Prestigious National Award

Research conducted in the UNC School of Dentistry Department of Orthodontics was recently awarded the prestigious B.F. and Helen E. Dewel Award. The award recognizes the highest-rated clinical research article published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (AJODO) during the previous calendar year.

The winning paper, entitled “Outcomes and stability in patients with anterior open bite and long anterior face height treated with temporary anchorage devices and maxillary intrusion splint,” was selected as the “most outstanding” paper published by the AJODO by a panel of six distinguished clinicians and researchers. Lead author Dr. Nicole Scheffler, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Orthodontics, will accept the award at the editorial board meeting of the AJODO held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Association of Orthodontics in San Francisco, Calif. this month.

Full-time faculty members Dr. Bill Proffit and Dr. Ceib Phillips were co-authors on the research paper.

Drs. Scheffler, Proffit and Phillips found that orthodontic appliances using skeletal anchorage can lead to satisfactory correction of moderately severe anterior open bites by intrusion of the maxillary posterior teeth.

The B.F. and Helen E. Dewel Award for clinical research was established in memory of B.F. “Tod” Dewel who served as editor of the AJODO from 1968-78. It is the most prestigious award given by the AJODO and encourages the submission of manuscripts that directly impact the quality of patient care.