Professor of Orthodontics


Division of Oral Health Sciences
Dental Hospital & School
Park Place
Dundee DD1 4HR

GDC No. 60726

Phone Number:

+44 (0)1382381 604

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  • Professor of Orthodontics
  • University Lead for Middle East & North Africa


David Bearn is Professor of Orthodontics at the University of Dundee.

He trained in Sheffield, then undertook his specialty orthodontic training in Newcastle and Carlisle before moving to Manchester where he completed his PhD in cleft lip and palate treatment outcomes.

His current research interests are in RCTs of orthodontic treatment, with particular reference to self-ligating systems and micro-implants.

He has 4 multi-centre RCTs currently active in addition to local single site trials.

He has led the development of the School of Dentistry project in Egypt and is Programme Lead for the innovative 'flying faculty' MSc in Orthodontics in Cairo.

Outside work he enjoys family life with his 3 children, supporting Newcastle United Football Club, reading trashy novels and seeking out good restaurants.

Research interests are related to the effective and efficient delivery of orthodontic and related care within primary and secondary care settings.

Current activities are:-

  • systematic reviewing including Cochrane reviews into digit sucking, methods to accelerate tooth movement and retention strategies

Current Randomised clinical trials:

  • Self-ligating appliances and conventional appliances
  • 018 and 022 orthodontic appliances
  • Tooth Mousse for post orthodontic white spots
  • Mini-screws for orthodontic anchorage
  • Effectiveness of orthodontic archwires


I deliver clinical teaching to undergraduate dental students on 2 clinical treatment sessions per week, with 4th year students delivering simple treatments.  In addition I deliver 45 seminars and 4 lectures in the orthodontic course.


I am Programme Lead for the MSc in Orthodontics delivered in Cairo with up to 60 students. 

I also supervise up to six postgraduate trainees on both NHS specialty training programmes and international graduate students in Dundee. 

I contribute to the Scotland Wide Orthodontic Programme, delivering 3 half day seminars to all Scottish trainees each year. 

In addition I supervise Masters projects for PG students.

Chair of the Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship Examination Board and Examiners from Jan 2012-December 2015, having been an examiner and Board member since 2007.


LITTLEWOOD S.J., MILLETT D.T., DOUBLEDAY B., BEARN D.R. and WORTHINGTON H.V.  Retention procedures for stabilising tooth position after treatment with orthodontic braces. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews 2016; Issue 1. Art No.: CD002283

El-ANGBAWI A., McINTYRE G.T., FLEMING P.S. and BEARN D.R. Non-surgical adjunctive interventions for accelerating tooth movement in patients undergoing fixed orthodontic treatment. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews 2015; Issue 11. Art No.: CD010887

BORRIE F.R., BEARN D.R., INNES N.P., IHEOZOR-EJIOFOR, Z. Interventions for the cessation of non-nutritive sucking habits in children. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews 2015; Issue 3; Art No.: CD008694

BEARN D.R., ALHARBI, F. British Orthodontic Society national audit of temporary anchorage devices (TADs): Report of the first thousand TADs placed. Journal of Orthodontics 2015; 42: 214-219

BEARN D.R., ALHARBI, F. Reporting of clinical trials in the orthodontic literature from 2008 to 2012: Observational study of published reports in four major journals. Journal of Orthodontics 2015; 42: 186-191

BORRIE FRP, ELOUAFKAOUI & BEARN DR (2013) A Scottish cost analysis of interceptive orthodontics for thumb sucking habits. J Orthodontics

BORRIE F, BEARN, D. (2011) Early correction of anterior crossbites: a systematic review. J of Orthodontics, Vol 38, 2011, 175-184

CUNNINGHAM S, BEARN D, BENSON P, JOHAL A, MILLETT D, O'BRIEN K & LUTHER F (2011) In search of the sample: recent experiences of a trial team in orthodontics.. Contemp Clin Trials Jul 32(4), 530-4

ALMASOUD A, BEARN D (2010) Little's irregularity index: photographic assessment vs study model assessment

BEARN D, CHADWICK S. (2010) Problem-based learning in postgraduate dental education: a qualitative evaluation of students’ experience of an orthodontic problem-based postgraduate programme. European Journal of Dental Education. 14(1), 26-34.

ELAYYAN, F., SILIKAS, N., BEARN, D. (2010) Mechanical properties of coated superelastic archwires in conventional and self-ligating orthodontic brackets. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2010 Feb, 137(2), 213-217

O'BRIEN K, WRIGHT J, CONBOY F, APPELBE P, BEARN D, CALDWELL S, HARRISON J & TURBILL E (2009) Prospective, multi-centre study of the effectiveness of orthodontic/orthognathic surgery care in the UK Amer J Orthod & Dentofacial Orthopaedics 135, 709-714

RILEY, M., BEARN, D.R. 2009 A systematic review of clinical trials of aligning archwires.  Journal of Orthodontics 36,  42-51

ELAYYAN, F., SILIKAS, N., BEARN, D. (2008) Ex vivo surface and mechanical properties of coated orthodontic archwires  European Journal of Orthodontics 30, 661-667

OLIVER, R., KERSTEN, H., VINKKA-PUHAKKA, H., ALPASAN, G., BEARN, D., CEMA, I., DELAP, E., WHITE, D. (2008) Curriculum structure: Principles and strategy. European Journal of Dental Education 12 (SUPPL. 1), 74-84

SMITH, J., BEARN, D.R., HOUSE, K. 2008 Self-ligating orthodontic braces for straightening teeth Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2), art. no. CD007159

I am a regular speaker at National and International Conferences reporting the findings of Systematic Reviews and clinical trials.