Jason B. Cope, DDS, PhD, FACD
Dr. Jason B. Cope received his DDS, Orthodontic Certificate, and PhD in craniofacial bone biology from Baylor College of Dentistry, in Dallas, Texas. The PhD work that Dr. Cope performed on the then novel bone growing technique, distraction osteogenesis, generated 12 peer-reviewed journal articles, a feat unheard of in the three years it took to complete his PhD. In addition, he was awarded 6 national awards for his distraction osteogenesis research.
Dr. Cope currently serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Graduate Orthodontics at both St. Louis University and Kung Hee University School of Dentistry. He is also a visiting professor at several universities and has lectured to graduate students around the world. Dr. Cope has been a researcher on over 21 funded research projects and has served as a committee member on numerous orthodontic graduate student thesis projects.
Dr. Cope was a pioneer in the development of Temporary Anchorage Devices focusing on the development of clinical protocols and products to enhance MiniScrew Implant (MSI) use. In 2003, he partnered with IMTEC Corp in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to develop the Ortho Implant, the first US manufactured orthodontic MSI. He coined the term Temporary Anchorage Devices and the nomenclature system used to describe the various TAD systems. He also developed the Cope Placement ProtocolTM, the first minimally invasive protocol that utilized drill-free MSI placement with topical anesthetic only. He also developed a patented life-like triple-density typodont for teaching MSI placement methods. Other protocols and products he developed include the biomechanically-oriented MSI-based palatal approach to openbite closure protocol, the patented openbite closing transplatal arch, the biomechanically-oriented MSI-based molar protraction protocol, MSI-assisted palatal expansion, and temporary replacement of missing permanent lateral incisors in growing kids with MSIs, and the patented locking closed coil spring.
Most recently, Dr. Cope’s activities have been focused on the integration of digital 3D data into orthodontic workflows. A specific focus is the merging of the intraoral scan with CBCT data to create a functional working model for digital treatment planning and tooth movement. This will allow customized in-office aligner delivery via direct printing of aligners as well as digitally guided bonding (DGBTM) via the fabrication of directly printed bonding trays, thereby avoiding the traditional laboratory process.
A prolific author and speaker, Dr. Cope has published 35 journal articles, 36 book chapters, and two orthodontic textbooks. In addition, he has given over 330 presentations, speaking across the US, and in 22 countries on 6 continents. Dr. Cope is an ad hoc reviewer for every major American scientific orthodontic journal. Dr. Cope’s private practice is located in Dallas, Texas, where he treats patients 3 days a week. The remainder of his week is spent performing clinical research and developing lecture material, educational aides, and new orthodontic products.