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64 3 479 7071
Senior Lecturer / Orthodontist
Department of Oral Sciences
BDS DClinDent(Orthodontics)
Research summary
Craniofacial biology and clinical genetics
Joseph is involved in teaching both undergraduate dental students and postgraduate orthodontic students. He is particularly passionate about the use of interactive models to explain difficult concepts.
  • Registered with Dental Council of New Zealand (DCNZ)
  • Member of the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA)
  • Member of the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists (NZAO)
  • Member of the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists' (NZAO) Continued Professional Development and Recertification committee
  • Member of the European Society of Orthodontists (EOS)
  • Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO)
  • Member of Genetics Otago (GO)
Joseph is involved in treating a wide range of malocclusions. He has a particular interest in the use of miniscrews and miniplates to treat severe malocclusions.


Joseph's previous research has focused on the clinical and psychological aspects of the long face morphology. Excessive vertical facial growth is a relatively common condition, which often results in challenging malocclusions that require both orthodontic treatment and jaw surgery to treat. In order to investigate the aetiology of this growth pattern, Joseph has been involved in setting-up a case-control study that aims to identify common SNPs associated with the long face morphology (as well as other dentofacial anomalies such as congenitally missing teeth). The research is carried out in conjunction with the Merriman Lab in the Department of Biochemistry.

Joseph's current research interests include craniofacial growth and development, clinical genetics, and quality of life assessment. He is also particularly interested in emerging digital technologies that can be used in clinical orthodontics and craniofacial research.

Joseph was also awarded Emerging Researcher First Grant by the Health Research Council in 2013.


Antoun, J. S., Cameron, C., Sew Hoy, W., Herbison, P., & Farella, M. (2015). Evidence of secular trends in a collection of historical craniofacial growth studies. European Journal of Orthodontics, 37(1), 60-66. doi: 10.1093/ejo/cju007 Journal - Research Article

Jack, H. C., Kieser, J., Antoun, J. S., & Farella, M. (2014). The effect of incremental lower lip advancement on oral pressure and EMG activity of the lower lip. European Journal of Orthodontics, 36, 672-677. doi: 10.1093/ejo/cjt094 Journal - Research Article

Jack, H. C., Antoun, J. S., & Fowler, P. V. (2011). Evaluation of primary surgical outcomes in New Zealand patients with unilateral clefts of the lip and palate. Australian Orthodontic Journal, 27(1), 23-27. Journal - Research Article

Antoun, J. S., Adsett, L. A., Goldsmith, S. M., & Thomson, W. M. (2008). The oral health of older people: General dental practitioners' beliefs and treatment experience. Special Care in Dentistry, 28(1), 2-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-4505.2008.00002.x Journal - Research Article

McNee, C., Kieser, J. A., Antoun, J. S., Bennani, H., & Gallo, L. M. (2013). Neck and shoulder muscle activity of orthodontists in natural environments. Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology, 23(3), 600-607. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2013.01.011 Journal - Research Article

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