James Miller

James Miller

Academic Title

Clinical Associate Professor
Division of Orthodontics
Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences


Microbiology, Genetics/Cell Biology, BS, University of Minnesota, 1993
Orthodontics, MS, University of Minnesota, 2003
Other Education
Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), University of Minnesota, 2001

Contact Info




Office Address

6-320 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Bio Statement

Dr. Miller finished his bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota with a double major in microbiology and genetics/cell biology and a minor in psychology. Prior to dental school he worked as a microbiologist and protein biochemist with Dr. Gregory Germaine. Dr. Miller studied protein-receptor interactions of Streptococcus mutans, tannin and chlorhexidine mediated tooth surface staining, and the immune responses associated with Bacteroides fragilis sinus infections. While completing his dental education at the U of M, he studied the effects of ibuprofen on the characteristics of orthodontic tooth movement. During his orthodontic training at the University of Minnesota, he examined the role of neurogenic inflammation on orthodontic tooth movement in surgically denervated subjects. Dr. Miller became faculty in 2003 and has studied neurogenic inflammation and the effects of the osteoclast inhibiting drug, alendronate on orthodontic tooth movement. He is currently conducting clinical research in orthodontics. His active research interests include: 1) Informed consent and patient autonomy in orthodontics, and 2) open gingival embrasures in orthodontics. Dr. James Miller received his Board Eligibility in 2003 and his Certification in 2006. He treats patients at the Division of Orthodontics Faculty Practice Clinic at the University of Minnesota and welcomes new patients into his practice.

6th Floor Moos Health Sciences Tower
515 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Appointments 612-626-2011

Research Interests


Informed Consent in Orthodontics
History of Orthodontics
Soft Tissues and Facial Proportions
Smile and Facial Esthetics in Orthodontics
Adult Orthodontics
Skeletal Anchorage in Orthodontics
Effects of Aging on the Soft and Hard Tissues
Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Rapid Palatial Expansion
Periodontics and Orthodontics: Current Concepts in Treatment Planning


Informed consent and patient autonomy in orthodontics
Open gingival embrasures in orthodontics
Effect of alendronate on orthodontic tooth movement


William Braasch Scholarship 1998

CAL and Esther JE Anderson Scholarship 1999

Summer Research Fellowship Award, Department of Orthodontics 1999

CAL and Esther JE Anderson Scholarship 2000

Summer Research Fellowship, Department of Orthodontics 2000

ADA/Dentsply Award for most outstanding clinically oriented research project 2000

Jamaica Dental Mission Member 2001

Pierre Fauchard Research Academy Award 2001

Minnesota Association of Orthodontists Award 2001

National Council Academic Achievement Award 2001

Robert E. Binder Teaching Fellowship Award 2005


Horton H., Larson B., Gaillard P., and Miller J. Technique comparison for efficient orthodontic tooth measurements using digital models. Angle Orthodontist. In press.

Miller JR, Davila JE, Hodges JS, Tulkki MJ, Vayda PM. The effect of surgical denervation on orthodontic tooth movement. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2007;131:620-6.

Karras J, Miller JR, Beyer J, Hodges, JS, Larson BE. The effect of alendronate on orthodontic tooth movement. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. In Press.

Davila JE, Miller JR, Hodges JS, Beyer J, Larson BE. The effect of neonatal capsaisin treatment on orthodontic tooth movement. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. In Press.

Miller, James. The effect of surgical denervation on orthodontic tooth movement. Masters Thesis, University of Minnesota, July, 2003.

Germaine GR, Johnson SJ and Miller JR. Tannic acid pigmentation in human saliva: Mechanisms. J. Dent. Res. 79, 519 (3008). 2000.

Jyonouchi H, Sun S, Kennedy C, Roche A, Kajander K, Miller J, Germaine G, Rimell F. Localized sinus inflammation in a sinusitis model induced by Bacteriodes fragilis is accompanied by rigorous immune responses. Otolaryngol - Head Neck Surg, 1999;120:869-75.

Germaine GR, Miller JR and Johnson SJ. Effect of saliva on tannin dependent pigmentation. J. Dent. Res. 78, 299 (1547). 1999.

Hawkins GS, Miller JR and Germaine GR. Sugar fermentation in whole saliva: A high school laboratory exercise. J. Dent. Res. 76, 335 (2756). 1997.

Germaine GR, Cafarella TG and Miller JR. Interaction of human lysozyme with Streptococcus mutans surface proteins. J. Dent. Res. 75, 43(202). 1996.

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