Emilia Taneva DDS, MS
(312) 996-7138
College of Dentistry
801 S. Paulina Street
  • Emiliya
  • Taneva
  • DDS, MS
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthodontics

Biographic Summary

Dr. Emilia Taneva is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Board Certified Orthodontist, also known as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). She has completed her post-doctoral specialty training in orthodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Taneva has twelve years of experience (experimental and theoretical) in the fields of dental education research, occupational hazards in dentistry, biometrics, orthodontics, 3D imaging, and 3D printing. Applications of her work include improvement of the dental teaching environment, student and staff mobility between universities, human verification and identification based on palatal rugae, management of congenitally missing teeth in adolescents, and implementation of the most recent digital technologies in orthodontics. Dr. Taneva was named the first recipient of the American Dental Association’s Council on Dental Practice’s Robert H. Ahlstrom New Investigator Award in 2015.
Dr. Taneva has served as President of the European Dental Students Association, the highest position for a dental student leader in Europe. Dr. Taneva’s current professional affiliations, which include the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), and the Chicago Dental Society (CDS), afford her to stay current with the latest advancements in orthodontic science, treatment planning, and technology. 
Dr. Taneva is grateful to have the opportunity to help patients achieve a beautiful smile, to improve lives through the art and science of orthodontics, and to share her experience and knowledge with the undergraduate and postgraduate students at the university.

Scholarly Interests

Digital technology, digital and sla models, 3D printing, 3D imaging, lingual orthodontics, TADs in orthodontics, dental education.



Taneva E. 3D Evaluation of Palatal Rugae for Human Identification. Master's Thesis, Department of Orthodontics, UIC, 2014.


Taneva E, Kusnoto B, Evans C. 3D Scanning, Imaging and Printing in Orthodontics. In: Silvano N, editor. Orthodontics: Intech; 2015. 

Taneva E, Johnson AN, Viana GR, Evans C. 3D evaluation of palatal rugae for human identification using digital study models. J Forensic Dent Sci. 7 (3), 244-252.
Taneva E. Dental Guide Manual to 40 European Countries. Dublin; 2009.

Divaris K, Barlow PJ, Chendea SA, Cheong WS, Dounis A, Dragan IF, Hamlin J, Hosseinzadeh L, Kuin D, Mitrirattanakul S, Mo'nes M, Molnar N, Perryer G, Pickup J, Raval N, Shanahan D, Songpaisan Y, Taneva E, Yaghoub-Zadeh S, West K, Vrazic D. The academic environment: the students’ perspective. Eur J Dent Educ. 12(s1); 120-30:2008.