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Institute of Dentistry - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Professor Padhraig Fleming, BDent Sc. (Hons.), MSc., PhD, MFDS RCS, MFD RCS, FDS RCS, MOrth. (RCS), FDS (Orth.) RCS, FHEA


Professor in Orthodontics Honorary Clinical Consultant, Barts Health NHS Trust

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7882 8642
Room Number: Office 6, Floor 4, Institute of Dentistry


Padhraig Fleming is Professor, Consultant and DClin Dent Program Lead in Orthodontics at the Institute of Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. Padhraig studied Dentistry in Trinity College Dublin graduating with a Gold Medal and First Class Honours undertaking postgraduate and Consultant training in Orthodontics at the Royal London. He was awarded his MSc. with Distinction in 2007, the Membership in Orthodontics and British Orthodontic Society Medal in 2008, FDS (Orth.) from the Royal College of Surgeons in 2010 and his PhD in 2013.

He is an Associate Editor of American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, British Dental Journal, Journal of Dentistry, Orthodontics and Craniofacial research and Progress in Orthodontics and is on the editorial board of numerous other journals. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers and has received research awards from the British Orthodontic Society and the B.F. and Helen E. Dewel Award from the American Association of Orthodontists in 2011. He has co-authored two successful orthodontic textbooks: 'Clinical Cases in Orthodontics' and 'Functional Appliances: Theory and Practice'.

Centre: Oral Bioengineering


Padhraig is currently programme lead for the DClin Dent in Orthodontics. There are currently 18 full-time postgraduates from a wide array of countries including the U.K., Kuwait, Oman, Libya, China and Saudi Arabia. He is also Deputy Lead for Dental Postgraduate Courses and was previously Undergraduate Orthodontic Lead for 5 years. 

Padhraig runs a very popular national training course (Functional Appliances: A critical appraisal) and has involvement in two other national courses (StraightWire Today and Space Planning). He also lectures regularly giving invited lectures nationally and internationally in Europe, America, Asia and Australasia.



Research Interests:

My earlier research focussed on clinical trials and the effectiveness of orthodontic techniques. More recently, having been appointed to various orthodontic and other dental editorial roles, I have developed a specific interest in the quality of research conduct and reporting, and continue to undertake clinically-relevant research.

I have received research funding from the British Orthodontic Society Foundation (2014), European Orthodontic Society and Royal College of Surgeons as well as from industry partners over the past 3 years.

My ongoing research includes an evaluation of the value of orthodontic treatment, development of a core outcome set for orthodontics, as well as randomised controlled trials assessing the effectiveness of retention protocols, novel techniques to improve compliance with removable retention, and comparison of functional appliance variants and wear regimes. More recently, I have collaborated with material scientists in developing materials which may be useful in addressing orthodontic white spot lesions.


  1. Fleming PS, Koletsi D, Seehra J, Pandis N. Systematic reviews published in higher impact clinical journals were of higher quality. J Clin Epidemiol. 2014; 67: 754-9.
  2. Fleming PS, Koletsi D, Pandis N. Blinded by PRISMA: Are Systematic Reviewers Focusing on PRISMA and Ignoring Other Guidelines? PLoS One. 2014; 9: e96407
  3. Fleming PS, Lynch CD, Pandis N. Randomized controlled trials in Dentistry: Common pitfalls and how to avoid them. J Dent. 2014 Jun 12. pii: S0300-5712(14)00167-5.
  4. Pandis N, Shamseer L, Kokich, V, Fleming PS, Moher D. Implementation of a strategy to improve adherence to the CONSORT guidelines by a dental specialty journal. J Clin Epidemiol. 2014 May 14. pii: S0895-4356(14)00114-0.
  5. Fleming PS. Limited evidence suggests no difference in orthodontic attachment failure rates with the acid-etch technique and self-etch primers. Evid Based Dent. 2014; 15: 48-9.

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