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Clinical Lead

David Waring

Service Manager

Stephen Dickson

Brief Description of Service

Orthodontics is a field of dentistry, concerned with the growth of teeth, jaws and face. Orthodontics is about making the best of your teeth and ensuring they are in harmony with your mouth and jaw.

Scope of Service

The Orthodontic Department, at the University Dental Hospital, undertakes a range of procedures. These include straightening crowded, misplaced and impacted teeth to improve appearance and ultimately to make it easier to eat and care for your teeth.

The orthodontics procedures are often very complex specialist work that is combined with those of maxillofacial surgeons who are treating patients with severe facial deformity. In addition, orthodontics also works alongside the Restorative Dentistry Department for patients undergoing treatment for multiple missing teeth who require crowns, bridges and implants.

Benefits to Patient of Treatment

The benefits of orthodontic treatment can include the following:Orthodontics

  • Removal of dental crowding (or sometimes closing gaps)
  • Alignment of the upper and lower dental arches
  • Correction of the bite of the teeth so that the front teeth meet on closing and the back teeth mesh together
  • Reducing the likelihood of damage to prominent teeth
  • Enhancing facial aesthetics
  • Accommodating impacted, unerupted or displaced teeth
  • Preparation for advanced dental treatment, such as crowns, bridges or dental implants
  • Reversing the drifting of the teeth in older patients who have suffered from advanced gum disease

Members of the Clinical Team

Consultant Orthodontists

David Waring
Clinical Lead & Consultant Orthodontist.
Examiner M.Orth RCS (London)
Member BDA, RCS(Eng), RCS (Edin),
Honorary Clinical Fellow in Orthodontics (UoM)
GDC: 70777

Miss. Victoria Elton
BChD (Hons), M.Dent.Sci (Dist), MFDS RCS, M.Orth RCS, FDS RCS
Consultant Orthodontist
Chair Dental Hospital Charity Group
Member BOS, RCS (Edin),
Honorary Clinical Fellow in Orthodontics (UoM)
GDC: 79328

Mr. Jonathan Smith
BChD MFDS RCSEd MOrth RCSEd MPhil (Ortho) FDS (Orth) RCSEd
Consultant Orthodontist
GDC: 71960

Miss. Mariyah Nazir
BDS, MFDS RCSEd MOrth RCSEd MPhil (Ortho) FDS (Orth) RCSEd
Consultant Orthodontist
British Orthodontic Society Audit Committee (secretary)
Member BOS, RCS(Eng), RCS (Edin),
GDC: 79209

Stephen M Chadwick
BDS  FDS(RCSEd) MSc  MOrth  FDS(Orth) MA
Consultant Orthodontist
Member of the FDS board Royal College of Surgeons of England
Chair of the Bi-MOrth board
Chair of examiners for the Diploma in Orthodontic therapy RCS England
Bi-MOrth examiner
GDC: 62789

Mr Stuart Clark
Consultant Maxillo-facial Surgery

Eligibility for Treatment

Referred patients should have

  • Significant malocclusions (IOTN 5, 4 or 3 with high aesthetic need)
  • Genuine interest in undertaking orthodontic treatment with fixed appliances
  • Excellent standard of oral hygiene and be dentally fit
  • Radiographs where available should be included.

Referral of patients over the age of 18 years is only accepted if the orthodontics is a part of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment.

Treatment policy

Where possible, advice is provided for further management by the referring dentist.

Cases with significant treatment need (IOTN 5, 4, or 3 with high aesthetic need) may be accepted for treatment in the Department.

Patients requiring urgent treatment are started as soon as possible, while patients with routine malocclusions are added to the treatment waiting list

Research Involvement

Clinical audits are undertaken in the department with approx 10 Trust registered audits per year. Participation in randomised controlled trials is encouraged and numerous published studies have been undertaken in the department.

Specialist Training

Specialist training is undertaken in the department with

  • 4 Post-CCST trainees (for consultant level)
  • 8 Specialist trainees
  • 7 Post-graduate students
  • 2 Dental Foundation trainees

We have achieved excellent pass rate in training for specialist level examinations. Our trainees have received the gold medal (for best overall performance) from RCS Edinburgh and gold medal from RCS England within the last 3 years. Feedback regarding training is consistently of a very high standard.

National Awards or Recognition

Mr. David Waring                   
CEA level 2

Mr. Stephen M Chadwick      
Bronze award (March 2014)

Miss Mariyah Nazir                
National award - Best orthodontic scientific paper in the UK 2012

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