Professor Philip Benson

PhD, FDS (Orth)

School of Clinical Dentistry

Emeritus Professor of Orthodontics

Honorary Consultant

Philip Benson
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Professor Philip Benson
School of Clinical Dentistry
19 Claremont Crescent
S10 2TA

I retired from the University in September 2021 after 21 years. I have been granted honorary Emeritus Professor of Orthodontics and hope to continue some scholarly research activities.

Research interests

I undertake research relevant to the clinical practice of orthodontics. My primary research interest is investigating the effectiveness of contemporary orthodontic techniques and practice. I am the principal or co-author on five systematic reviews published in the Cochrane Library and I have planned, coordinated and completed several randomised controlled clinical trials. I am also interested in oral health-related quality of life and the development of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) to measure the impact of malocclusion and orthodontic treatment on young peoples’ everyday lives.

I collaborated with orthodontic colleagues at UCL Eastman Dental Institute, London to develop the Malocclusion Impact Questionnaire (MIQ), which assesses the day-to-day affect that malocclusion has on young people. We have recently developed the Orthodontic Treatment Impact Questionnaire (OTIQ) for assessing the day-to-day affect of orthodontic appliances (braces) on young people. Both measures are designed to be used as validated patient-reported outcome measures in clinical trials. For more information about these measures please complete this contact form.


Journal articles

Research group
  • Hanieh Javidi - RCS-BOS Clinical Research Fellow and Senior Specialist Trainee in Orthodontics;

  • Thitika Kimise - Postgraduate Research Student

Teaching activities

I am no longer involved in teaching clinical orthodontics or managing the undergraduate or postgraduate programmes.

Professional activities and memberships
  • National Institute for Health Research Academic Training Lead for Sheffield Dental Academic Trainees, September 2018 to present;
  • University Teachers Group representative on the Orthodontic Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) - January 2020 to December 2024;
  • Examiner for the Membership in Orthodontics examination at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh;
  • Member of the Editorial Board, The Angle Orthodontist – January 2017 to December 2023;
  • External Assessor in Orthodontics at the University of Malaya - Jan 2019 to Dec 2021;
  • External Assessor for promotions King Saud University (2020-21);
  • Member of the Clinical Orthodontic Research Collaboration, a group of UK and Ireland orthodontic researchers, who meet regularly to organise collaborative clinical research projects;
  • Referee for national orthodontic prizes and for many international journals;


I am no longer practicing clinical orthodontics.