Penn Dental Medicine

Departments & Faculty

Robert L. Vanarsdall, Jr, DDS

Department of Orthodontics
Director, Postdoctoral Periodontic/Orthodontic Program


  • Certificate in Orthodontics, University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, 1973
  • Certificate in Periodontics, University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, 1972
  • DDS, Medical College of Virginia, School of Dental Medicine, 1970


  • Dale B. Wade Award of Excellence in Orthodontics, American Board of Orthodontics, 2012
  • President, EH Angle Society Eastern Component, 2005
  • Recipient of the Jacob A Salzmann AAO Lecture Award, 2002
  • Keith Godfrey Visiting Professor, University of Sydney, 2001-present
  • Program Chairman, American association of Orthodontists, Philadelphia, 2001
  • Recipient of the Mershon AAO Lecture Award, 1992
  • President, Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists, 1987
  • Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics, 1983
  • Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology, 1979

Research Interests

Dr. Vanarsdall is Professor, Department of Orthodontics, and Director of the Postdoctoral Periodontic/Orthodontic Program. His clinical research has involved orthodontic patients’ periodontal condition before, during, and after orthodontic therapy. Periodontal outcome following orthodontic treatment has been ongoing for the past 35 years, involving adverse effects of mechanotherapy, limitations of treatment, soft tissue response, skeletal relationships, frenum considerations, gingival hyperplasia, retention procedures, ectopically positioned teeth, ankylosis, and adult patients with advanced periodontal disease.

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Robert L. Vanarsdall, Jr, DDS
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University of Pennsylvania
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