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Lana Dalbah, D.D.S., M.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor



Building & Room:



801 S. Paulina Street, M/C 841

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Dr. Lana Dalbah is dual specialized in Orthodontics and Orofacial Pain. She grew up between the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. She received her bachelor’s degree of dental surgery from the University of Jordan in 2002. Then she moved to California and worked as a research associate in the Craniofacial Genetic Lab at the University of the Pacific, where she was involved in the genetic research of cleft lip and palate. She earned her certificate and master’s degree of orthodontics from the University of the Pacific in 2007 and earned her certificate and master’s degree of Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine from the University of Southern California in 2020. She is Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. She is a reviewer at CRANIO - The Journal of Craniomandibular & Sleep Practice.

Dr. Lana served as the chair and director of the postgraduate orthodontic department at Boston University - Dubai from 2009-2012. She also served as assistant professor of orthodontics at the European University College in Dubai from 2012-2022 where she was involved in didactic, clinical, and research activities of postgraduate orthodontic and pediatric residents. She has maintained a private practice treating all types of orthodontic cases with special emphasis on orthognathic surgery, TMJ, and multidisciplinary cases.

Dr. Lana is also a life coach and Emotional Intelligence (EQ) practitioner & assessor. She really enjoys providing coaching and wellbeing support for her coworkers and residents. She also gives EQ courses for healthcare providers.

Dr. Lana is a passionate teacher and co-founder of iDental Academy which is an online platform for dental courses, and spreads education to the public through her YouTube channel.

Scholarly interests

Digital Smile Design & Bracket positioning, Indirect Bonding, Orthognathic Surgery, TMJ & Occlusion, Emotional Intelligence & Wellbeing of healthcare providers.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters:

  • Digital Orthodontics: Book Chapter in Digitization in Dentistry: Clinical Applications, Springer International Publishing 2021, ISBN 978-3-030-65168-8
  • The Role of Orthodontist: Book Chapter in Orthognathic Surgery and Dentofacial Deformities, Intech open publishing 2023 (ISBN 978-1-80356-483-8) – in press.


  • Mena M, Dalbah L, Levi L, Padilla M, Enciso R. Efficacy of topical interventions for temporomandibular disorders compared to placebo or control therapy: a systematic review with meta-analysis. Journal of dental anesthesia and pain medicine: JDAPM. 2020;20(6):337-356.
  • Awad, Mirna & Dalbah, Lana & Vaid, Nikhilesh (2022). Review and case report of the treatment in a young girl with primary failure of eruption. Clinical Case Reports. 10. 10.1002/ccr3.5632.