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Martyn Cobourne

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Martyn Cobourne

Dr. Martyn Cobourne is a Professor of Orthodontics, Head of Department at King’s College London and Honorary Consultant in Orthodontics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, UK.

He was the director of Research and a Trustee of the British Orthodontic Society during the period from 2012-2016 and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Orthodontics. His clinical research interests are in the field of evidence-based orthodontic treatment, with an emphasis on the efficacy of interventions designed to reduce orthodontic treatment time. In addition, he also leads a laboratory-based research group investigating the molecular basis of early craniofacial development, focusing on the aetiological basis of oro-facial clefting, holoprosencephaly and regulation of tooth number.

Professor Cobourne had an orthodontic training at King’s College in London and the United Medical and Dental Schools at Guy’s and St Thomas’. During his clinical training, he carried out a UK Medical Research Council-funded Clinical Training Fellowship and completed a PhD in craniofacial developmental biology in the laboratory of Paul Sharpe at Guy’s Dental Hospital. He was subsequently appointed Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics at King’s College London in 2004 and was promoted to Professor of Orthodontics in 2010. He has over 125 peer-reviewed publications and is the author of three orthodontic textbooks, including the highly successful Handbook of Orthodontics. In 2017, he was elected to the Board of Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.


What is the evidence base for managing impacted maxillary incisor teeth?

The impacted maxillary incisor is a common clinical problem in orthodontics but there is very little high-quality evidence relating to its management.
This lecture will describe the current evidence base and offer guidance on the most appropriate treatment strategies. It will highlight areas of controversy and discuss some of the research questions that need to be addressed.