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Department of Oral Sciences
DDS(Naples) Dottore di Ricerca(Reggio Calabria) SpecOrthodontics(Naples) SpecMedStat(Milan)
Research summary
Orthodontics, masticatory muscle physiology, orofacial pain


Mauro Farella is Professor and Chair of Orthodontics, Head of the Postgraduate Programme in Orthodontics (Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry), and Director of the Research Programme “Craniofacial Research”, at the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Otago, New Zealand.

His current main research interests include clinical orthodontics, biomechanics, craniofacial growth and imaging, jaw function, oral biology, translational research using animal models, and development of wearable devices in dentistry and orthodontics. In addition, Mauro Farella is a widely recognised expert in orofacial muscles, bruxism, and temporomandibular joint research. Internationally, his past research endeavours have been supported with research grants amounting to over one million Euros.

He is Associate Editor of the Journal “Orthodontics and Craniofacial Research”, of the “Korean Journal of Orthodontics”, and member of the Editorial Board of the "Journal of Oral Rehabilitation”.

He has lectured in 22 different countries and is the recipient of several national and international research prizes, such as the Alan Docking Award from the International Association for Dental Research, and the Sir John Walsh Award, and the Research Supervisor of the Year (2021) Award, to acknowledge the excellence achieved in dental research and postgraduate supervision. Mauro Farella is a specialist in Orthodontics registered in New Zealand and practises clinical orthodontics exclusively.


Jin, C., Gray, A. R., Brunton, P. A., Farella, M., & Mei, L. (2024). Effect of carbamide peroxide on biomechanical properties of vacuum-formed retainers: A split-mouth randomized controlled trial. Journal of Dentistry, 143, 104902. doi: 10.1016/j.jdent.2024.104902 Journal - Research Article

Mohammed, H., Daniel, B. K., & Farella, M. (2024). Smile analysis in dentistry and orthodontics: A review. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2024.2316226 Journal - Research Other

Pittar, N., Sicignano, A., Bardini, G., & Farella, M. (2024). Effect of orthodontic appliances on masticatory muscle activity. Seminars in Orthodontics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1053/j.sodo.2023.12.014 Journal - Research Article

Michelotti, A., Farella, M., & Rongo, R. (2024). The role of the orthodontist in managing disorders of the temporomandibular joint. In V. Krishnan & A. M. Kuijpers-Jagtman (Eds.), Integrated clinical orthodontics. (2nd ed.) (pp. 493-514). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781119870081.ch21 Chapter in Book - Research

Pittar, N., Firth, F., Bennani, H., & Farella, M. (2023). The effect of passive clear aligners on masticatory muscle activity in adults with different levels of oral parafunction. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, 50, 1409-1421. doi: 10.1111/joor.13575 Journal - Research Article

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