Meet the Cuspies 2021 semifinal candidates

By Theresa Pablos, DrBicuspid.com editor in chief

December 20, 2021 -- Below is a list of the candidates for the 2021 Cuspies awards. The awards recognize the best and brightest in dentistry and celebrate excellence in 12 unique categories.

The Cuspies semifinal list is directly influenced by your nominations. This year's candidates represent some of the most notable people, institutions, products, and events in dentistry in the past year.

Through December 31, 2021, you can vote for the semifinal candidates you would like to see in the finalist round. An expert panel will then select the winners from among the finalists.

Most Influential Dentistry Educator

  • Dr. Aamna Nayyar -- Santa Fe Community College
  • Dr. Aditya Tadinada -- University of Connecticut
  • Dr. Alan Atlas -- University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. David Harris -- Tufts University
  • Dr. Gordon Christensen -- University of Utah
  • Dr. Hsun-Liang (Albert) Chan -- University of Michigan
  • Dr. Joel White -- University of California, San Francisco
  • Dr. Juan Yepes -- Indiana University
  • Dr. Mary Anne Melo -- University of Maryland
  • Dr. Samuel Low -- University of Florida
  • Dr. Tiffany Wilson -- Meharry Medical College
  • Tom Viola -- New York University

Most Influential Hygiene Educator

  • Amber Auger -- Speaker
  • Danielle Rulli -- University of Michigan
  • Frances Soderling -- West Coast University
  • Jackie Singleton -- University of Louisville
  • Kyle Isaacs -- Speaker
  • Machell Hudson -- Speaker
  • Nancy Andrews -- West Coast University
  • Nicole Fortune -- Speaker
  • Rachel Wall -- Speaker
  • Valerie Dangler -- Speaker

Best Dentistry Training Program

  • Harvard University School of Dental Medicine
  • Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry
  • New York University College of Dentistry
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry
  • University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry
  • University of Florida College of Dentistry
  • University of Maryland School of Dentistry
  • University of Michigan School of Dentistry
  • University of Sydney School of Dentistry
  • University of Washington School of Dentistry

Best Hygiene Training Program

  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene
  • New York University College of Dentistry
  • Ohio State University College of Dentistry
  • Santa Fe Community College Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary Program
  • Texas A&M University College of Dentistry
  • University of Michigan School of Dentistry
  • University of New Mexico School of Medicine
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry
  • West Coast University Dental Hygiene Department

Best New Imaging Product

Best New Hygiene Product

Best New Restorative Product

Best New or Updated Dental Software

  • AireO2 patient management software -- Vivos Therapeutics
  • Crown.AI feature update for fastdesign.io software -- Glidewell
  • Dentrix Voice Perio -- Henry Schein
  • DWindeX2 software for DWX milling machines -- Roland DGA's DGShape Americas
  • Grin Remote Consultation orthodontic teledentistry platform -- Grin
  • iTero Workflow 2.0 software -- Align Technology
  • Retrace platform -- Retrace AI
  • RevenueWell Phone -- RevenueWell
  • SillHa reporting software update for SillHa salivary screening -- Arkray USA
  • TeleDent teledentistry platform update -- MouthWatch
  • Unite platform -- 3Shape

Best New Consumer Product

Most Significant News Event in Dentistry

Scientific Paper of the Year

Hottest Dental Procedure

  • Airway-driven orthodontic expansion
  • Black triangle closure
  • Clear aligners for orthodontic treatment
  • Digitally designed and 3D-printed oral appliances
  • Endodontic therapy with mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) treatment
  • Implant placement
  • Laser dentistry for periodontal treatment
  • Lip prophy treatment
  • Taking a temperature safety check
  • Visual scaling and root planing

Vote for your favorite semifinal candidates through December 31, 2021.


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