Professor Philip Benson

PhD, FDS (Orth)

Professor of Orthodontics

Contact Details:

School of Clinical Dentistry
Claremont Crescent
S10 2TA

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 2159391



I have been at Sheffield since 2000, when I was appointed Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Orthodontics. I was promoted to Reader in 2008 and to a personal chair in 2014. Previously I was Lecturer in Orthodontics at Liverpool (1995 until 2000) and Specialist Registrar in Orthodontics at the University of Manchester (1991 and 1994).

I am currently Professor of Orthodontics and Honorary Consultant at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


I contribute to a range of activities within the School, through my dual roles as clinician, treating and supervising the treatment of patients requiring orthodontic care, and academic, contributing to new knowledge and understanding within the specialty, as well as passing this on to future generations. I am involved in the administration, development and delivery of both the orthodontic and the dental curriculum, as well as the management of the School.

Research benson research

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 have collaborated with orthodontic colleagues at UCL Eastman Dental Institute, London to develop the Malocclusion Impact Questionnaire. The aim of this questionnaire is to assess the day-to-day affect that malocclusion has on young people. Hopefully, this will help us to quantify the impact and measure any changes following orthodontic treatment. It may also assist us in identifying which young people might benefit most from treatment.

Research Team
  • Sarah Bell (Lecturer, Senior Specialist Trainee in Orthodontics and Postgraduate Research Student)

  • Philippa Hoyle (Specialist Trainee in Restorative Dentistry and Postgraduate Research Student)

  • Clinical supervision of 3rd and 5th BDS students on 2 sessions a week;

  • Clinical supervision of 4/5 specialist trainees/postgraduate students for 1 session a week.

  • Integrated Clinical Practice (ICP) Theme Leader: ICP covers years 4 and 5 in the BDS curriculum. The role of Theme Leader involves the development and coordination of teaching across both years, for approximately 160 students;

  • Co-lead for orthodontic teaching to all 5 years of the undergraduate dental programme. This involves planning and coordinating the orthodontic undergraduate curriculum;

  • Postgraduate Programme Director for the degrees of Master of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics and Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics. The Programme Director is responsible for the administration of the course, from responding to student enquiries and recruiting students to organising seminar timetables and student assessments;

  • Course lead for 4 specialist masters/doctorate modules and 1 generic module;

  • Currently supervising 5 taught master/doctorate dissertation projects.


I practice clinical orthodontics, for two days a week, at the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital. This is a dental teaching hospital, administered by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and affiliated to the University of Sheffield. As well as treating my own patients, I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate clinical treatments. I have an interest in the treatment of young people with developmental absence of teeth (hypodontia) and in order to help manage treatment appropriately I hold regular multi-disciplinary joint clinics and consultations with colleagues in Restorative Dentistry.

Professional Activities
  • Regional Advisor for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh - October 2012 to present;

  • Member of the Research Strategy Group, Research Directorate, British Orthodontic Society, December 2013 to present.

  • Member of the Clinical Orthodontic Research Collaboration, a group of active British and Irish researchers - December 2003 to present (secretary March 2004 to November 2010);

  • Examiner for the Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh June 2008 to present;

  • External Examiner for the Master of Science (Orthodontics), University of Manchester – May 2015 to May 2018;

  • External Examiner for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery, School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Central Lancashire – September 2016 to September 2019.


See our Postgraduate taught course M/DClinDent in Orthodontics