Niall McGuinness

Programme Director Orthodontics Consultant Orthodontist /Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer

Dr Niall McGuinness (PhD, DDS, MScD, BA, BDS, FDS(Orth) RCPS Glasg, MOrth RCSEdin)

Programme Director

  • Edinburgh Dental Institute
  • Deanery of Clinical Sciences
  • College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Dr. McGuinness is head of the academic programme for the MClinDent / DClinDent programme in orthodontics at the Edinburgh Dental Institute. He has published extensively in the orthodontic literature and is referee for a number of peer-reviewed orthodontic journals.


Dr. McGuinness is the lead for the academic programme for the DClinDent programme in orthodontics at the Edinburgh Dental Institute. He graduated BDentSc from Trinity College Dublin in 1980 and completed his specialist training in orthodontics at the University of Wales Dental School, Cardiff. He was awarded a DDS from Edinburgh University in 2005 and a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast in 2006. He is an examiner for the Membership in Orthodontics in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Fellowship examination of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Research Interests

  • Finite element analysis in orthodontics
  • Head posture and craniofacial development
  • Treatment outcomes in orthodontics
  • Occlusal Indices
  • Biomechanics of fixed appliances

Awards and memberships

Association of University Teachers of Orthodontics Research Prize, British Orthodontic Conference, 1990

Chapman Prize, British Orthodontic Society, 2007

(1) British Dental Association

(2) British Orthodontic Society – (Consultant Orthodontists Group)

(3) Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland

(4) Dental Protection - Medical Protection Society

(5) Hon. Member, Sri Lanka Orthodontic Society.

(6) Royal Odonto-Chirurgical Society of Scotland