Won Moon, D.M.D., M.S.
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Dr. Thomas R. Bales Endowed Chair in Orthodontics
(310) 825-4705
UCLA School of Dentistry
10833 Le Conte Ave.
Box 951668
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668


Won Moon, D.M.D., M.S. is a professor of orthodontics and the Thomas R. Bales Endowed Chair in Orthodontics at the UCLA School of Dentistry. He has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics since 2002. He completed his dental education at Harvard and orthodontic education at UCLA. He studied mathematics prior to dentistry, and his research work has been published in various journals, not necessarily limited to orthodontics because of his background. He also is a co-author of two textbooks. He has presented these findings in 14 countries, totaling over 100 presentations. His current focus has been establishing protocols for orthopedic corrections with MI and creating virtual patients utilizing image analysis.

Educational & Professional Background

·         BS in Mathematics, UCI, 1984

·         DMD, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, 1989

·         MS in Oral Biology, UCLA School of Dentistry, 1991

·         Certificate in Orthodontics, UCLA School of Dentistry, 1991

Research & Interests

·         3D Morphometrics with Surface Mapping Function and Elliptical Fourier Descriptors (EFD)

·         Genomewide Association Study of Craniofacial Phenotypes

·         Finite Element Model (FEM) Study

·         Accelerated Tooth Movement (ATM)

·         Micro-implant (MI) Design Study

·         Orthopedic Changes

Professional Memberships

·         American Board of Orthodontics (ABO), since 2002

·         American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), since 1989

·         American Dental Association (ADA), since 1989

·         California Dental Association (CDA), since 1989

·         Orange County Dental Society (OCDS), since 1991


·         Award for Excellence in Research and Clinical Instruction, UCLA School of Dentistry, Section of Orthodontics, 2013

·         The Faculty of the Year Award, UCLA School of Dentistry, Section of Orthodontics, 2011

·         The Faculty of the Year Award, UCLA School of Dentistry, Section of Orthodontics, 2008

·         The Faculty of the Year Award: “Thinking outside the Box Award”, UCLA School of Dentistry, Section of Orthodontics, 2004

·         The Best Researcher Award, UCLA School of Dentistry, Section of Orthodontics, 1991

·         Excellence in Operative Dentistry presented by National Gold Foil Society, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA, 1989.

Representative Publications

·         Effects of "Piezopuncture" on the rate of tooth movement and bone remodeling in maxilla and mandible of beagles, American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, 144(1):23-31. doi: 10.1016/j.ajodo.2013.01.022. Sept 2013. 2014 Wayne G. Watson Award. Young-Seok Kim; Su-Jung Kim; Hyun-Joo Yoon; Peter Joohak Lee; Won Moon; Young Guk Park

·         Robust Shape Correspondence via Spherical Patch Matching for Atlases of Partial Skull Models. In: Mesh Processing in Medical Image Analysis 2012, vol. 7599 (Levine, J. et al., eds), pp 89-100: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2012. Boris Gutman, Ryan McComb, Jay Sung, Won Moon, Paul Thompson

·         Mechanical Stability and Clinical Applicability Assessment of Novel Orthodontic Mini-Implant Design: Part 3, the Angle Orthodontist, 83(5):832-41. doi: 10.2319/111412-876.1. April 2013. Ha Na Song;  Christine Hong;  Robert Banh;  Tania Ohebsion;  Greg Asatrian;  Ho-Yin Leung; Benjamin M. Wu;  Won Moon

·         Orthodontic Treatment of Class III Malocclusion, Chapter 10Class III Orthopedic Treatment using Skeletal AnchorageBentham eBook, 2013/4. Won Moon and Reena Khullar

·         An Interview with Won Moon, Dental Press Journal of Orthodontists, 18(3):12-28. May-June 2013. Won Moon; AndreWMachado; B Briss; GJ Huang; R Kulbersh; SG Caldas

Additional Information

Presentation Topics:

·         Morphometrics: "Shortcomings of 2-D Cephalometric Analysis and Quantification of 3-D Images", "True 3-D Analysis and Future Applications: Novel Approach"

·         Micro-Implant Orthodontics/Orthopedics: “New Revolutionary Findings: Changes in Skeletal Morphology and Airways with Micro-Implant Assisted Rapid Palatal Expanders (MARPE)”, "Maxillary Expansion: Overview of Traditional Approach and Introduction of Micro-Implant Assisted Rapid Palatal Expander", "Orthopedic Correction of Class II Growing Patients", "Orthopedic Correction of Class III Growing Patients", "Orthopedic Correction of High Angle Class III Growing Patients", "Micro-Implants and Vertical Problems", "Class III Treatment Modality", "Open Bite Correction with Micro-Implants: Can we treat all the cases?", " Non-surgical Management of Surgical Cases; Extreme Orthodontics with Micro-Implants", "Micro-Implant Design Study", "Bio-mechanics and Anchorage Considerations in Micro-Implant Orthodontics" 

·         Accelerated Tooth Movement: "Bio-mechanics vs. Bone Biology: Corticotomy; Corticision; Piezopucture, and Cortipucture"

·         Perception and Facial Harmony: “Universal Standard of Beauty: Perception and Facial Harmony”, “Smile Esthetics: Facial Symmetry, Lip Position and Dental Midlines”, “Esthetic Goals in Orthodontics”

Courses Taught:

·         Orthodontic/Orthognathic Surg (DS308.10): Course Chair all year around since 2002

·         Postdoctoral Ortho Clinic (CL308.03/07): Course Chair all year around since 2002

·         Thesis Research & Prep (Oral Bio 598): Course Chair Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters since 2010

·         Directed Individual Study (Oral Bio 596): Course Chair Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters since 2010

·         Orthodontic Technique Course: Course Chair Fall and Winter Quarters since 2010